What are the best treatment options for anxiety/panic attacks/depression and related issues?

Anxiety/depression. Anxiety attacks: avoid provocative stimulants - situations such as crowed room arguments, avoid intake of stimulants, engage in calming activities such as yoga are some examples of non drug therapy. Depression attacks: avoid being alone stay active, enroll in group activities with positive energy. The next route is prescription drug therapy with a psychiatrist.

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Primary care dr or psychiatrist for anxiety and panic attacks surrounding therapy for depression or will Lexapro (escitalopram) be enough med eventually -taken 2 wks?

Anxiety /depression. Many times anxiety and depression are experienced together. Lexapro (escitalopram) may be effective to reduce both if given in adequate dose and for at least 4 weeks, which is what it takes to produce full effect. In some cases can take 8 weeks. Also work with a therapist to see what are the factors involved in the anxiety attacks and how to modify your behavior to prevent them. Read more...
Primary care doctor. You need to keep taking Lexapro (escitalopram) it is to early to get the full benefit you should visit your primary doctor to get a psychotherapy most primary care doctors if you have truting relationship can provide that. Read more...

Feeling depressed towards the end of my pregnancy now after trying to deal with anxiety and panic attacks. Doing therapy. Am I hurting my baby?

No. you are not hurting your baby. Just do the best you can to get help and stay as positive as you can. Pregnancy is difficult in the best of circumstances and anxiety,panic and depression make it harder. If is probably okay to start a medication since you are near the end of your pregnancy. Counseling, meds and exercise can all help lift anxiety and depression. Many women feel better after delivery. Read more...
Coordinated care. It is great that you proactively sought a therapist. Recommend therapy be coordinated with your obstetrics provider or overseeing health care provider to ensure good prenatal care. Depending on the level of depression/anxiety additional treatment options may be available. Depression and other mental health disorders may affect one's ability to follow medical recommendations for prenatal care. Read more...
No. Great that you're at the end of your pregnancy, in therapy and recognize the need to get help for anxiety and panic attacks. If your anxiety/panic attacks are daily and severe/ last more than a few minutes, please talk to your therapist and obstetrician about a low dose of anti-anxiety medication (SSRI - safe, non-addicting) which may help you and your baby through the rest of the pregnancy. Read more...
No. There is a chance that a mother's depression and anxiety may affect a fetus; but there is also how, epigenetically, the fetus may be influenced by the mother's efforts to resist depression and anxiety. "Hurting" your baby is entirely too strong. You should reconsider medicine for panic attacks, but you should also affirm the course you have taken, to protect your child -- therapy is helpful. Read more...
Also try relaxation. I understand you must be very worried about your mood changes. It would be more likely the baby might suffer more with some medications. So, you have made a good decision. I would advise to try some Cognitive Behavio Therapy, with emphasis on learning how to relax and positive thinking. The welcoming of your child should be a great motivation to to give up. I am glad you agreed to be in therapy. Read more...

What would best be prescribed for long term social phobias and panic attacks and depression as treatment?

SAD, PD, MDD. This is something that you should discuss individually with your psychiatrist of course, but in general i would recommend an ssri, cognitive therapy, but if the depression itself did not lift then augmentation with abilify (aripiprazole). Make sure that you exercise, and eat a balanced diet, look into yoga, toastmasters, acupuncture, meditation, relaxation exercises, including diaphragmatic breathing. Best wishes. Read more...
SSRIs/Psychiatrist. You should consult a psychiatrist for your panic attacks, depression and social phobia.You may be prescribed ssri like Paxil (paroxetine) after you have been evaluated with /without psychotherapy. Read more...

I have severe anxiety and depression episodes. Need to go to dr but get anxious over it. Can't stop panic attacks over irrational thoughts. What to do?

See your doctor . In order to get the help you need, you have to be seen. You can see a doctor in your area or schedule a HealthTap consult through the Concierge service with a KY licensed doctor. Medication and therapy are used to treat your condition. You will feel better and your quality of life will improve dramatically. You will be glad you obtained the help. After all, that's what we are here to do...help u! Read more...
Anxiety. The first visit is always the hardest, but it is the start of the road to recovery. After the initial visit, you will feel like you achieved something & received the help you need. Good luck 2 u. Read more...
Take Action. Bolster your courage. You already know what you need to do. Focus on the goal. The goal is to be healthy and not to suffer. You need help in order to do that. So - get help now. . Read more...

I'm taking anxiety and depression medicine to avoid panic attacks mainly & avoid er. Can I take more than 0.5 if I feel panic and 0.5 mg doesn't work?

No. You need to talk to your psychiatrist or pcp to come up with an adequate schedule/dosage. Read more...
Discss with doc. Presumably you are talking about Ativan or xanax (alprazolam). You should discuss with your psychiatrist because while an increase in dose may be helpful, you can also become addicted to these medications in addition to your anxiety. Read more...

I am taking Paxil (paroxetine) and klonopin for my panic attacks and severe depression and anxiety but don't feel any better. Is there a newer or better medicatio

Yes. I use an old medicine for my patients with panic called nortriptyline. Because of how Paxil (paroxetine) can effect it's metabolism, it is a good idea to be completely off Paxil (paroxetine) for one week before taking the first dose of nortriptyline. Also, depression can be a side effect of klonopin. Read more...
Panic. Medications work differently for different people. Discuss with your doctor the possible dosage adjustments, alternative medications & recent developments depending on your diagnoses & type of therapies you are taking. Read more...
Panic meds. Best to discuss with your prescribing md for alternative meds. Since he/she knows your case best. Read more...

What can I do to get over anxiety, depression and panic attacks?

Meds & talk therapy. It doesn't matter what your symptom mix is - sleep, interests, guilt, energy, concentration, appetite, pain, libido, anxiety, depression, panic, short fuse, anger - you can see benefit from ssris and talk therapy. Talk to your fp about zoloft (sertraline) or lexapro; and possibly a referral to a good therapist who can help you with working on some techniques to help guide your energies and reactions. Read more...

Might one's physical pain symptoms be due to anxiety, depression, and panic attacks?

No. Both anxieety and depression can magnify the perception of pain caused from other reasons. They do not cause pain. In the long run, as the anxiety/depression are resolved the perception of pain decreases. Read more...
Yes. About 40% of people w panic attacks develop chest pain. As a result, they may think they are experiencing a heart attack & fear they are dying. Panic attacks can lead to chest tightness, nausea, vomiting& other physical sxs. Anxiety can be accompanied by marked muscle tension which can lead to tension headaches.If you are experiencing sxs let your provider know. Consider acupuncture or cbt. Read more...