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My depression meds just increase my anxiety- what else can I do?

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Emily Lu
Family Medicine
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In brief: Talk to your doctor

In general, it may take a few weeks before anti-depressants are able to help your depression and/or anxiety, so you should talk to your doctor about therapy or further information on how your treatment should be progressing.
It's worth noting that anxiety when you start an anti-depressant can happen, but is usually transient. Don't rely only on medications to relieve your anxiety. Exercise.

In brief: Talk to your doctor

In general, it may take a few weeks before anti-depressants are able to help your depression and/or anxiety, so you should talk to your doctor about therapy or further information on how your treatment should be progressing.
It's worth noting that anxiety when you start an anti-depressant can happen, but is usually transient. Don't rely only on medications to relieve your anxiety. Exercise.
Emily Lu
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Desensitization training can help as well.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Stay active

Exercise is a great way to relieve stress.
Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders.

In brief: Stay active

Exercise is a great way to relieve stress.
Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders.
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