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I have seen two different doctor's in Colorado Springs. I've clearly been diagnosed with acute anxiety, but they still want me on antidepressants?

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In brief: Can occur together

Acute anxiety and underlying depression can occur together. Also many antidepressant medications also have anti anxiety effects.
Discuss your concerns with your prescribing doctor.

In brief: Can occur together

Acute anxiety and underlying depression can occur together. Also many antidepressant medications also have anti anxiety effects.
Discuss your concerns with your prescribing doctor.
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Dr. J Rodos
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: They work

some antidepressantsare also effective antianxiety drugs and have FDA aPPROVAL FOT THIS USE.

In brief: They work

some antidepressantsare also effective antianxiety drugs and have FDA aPPROVAL FOT THIS USE.
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Therapy?

Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room.

In brief: Therapy?

Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room.
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Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Many antidepressants

have anti-anxiety properties and are less troublesome (addicting, sedating) than tranquilizers (usually benzos).
Plus, if you have an underlying depression, SSRI's help reduce that. (75% of major depression cases come with anxiety, which is because of the depression, not the anxiety, proper). However, think about figuring out your anxiety, regardless. Seek out a psychologist, too.

In brief: Many antidepressants

have anti-anxiety properties and are less troublesome (addicting, sedating) than tranquilizers (usually benzos).
Plus, if you have an underlying depression, SSRI's help reduce that. (75% of major depression cases come with anxiety, which is because of the depression, not the anxiety, proper). However, think about figuring out your anxiety, regardless. Seek out a psychologist, too.
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Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Anxiety

SSRIs are generally a first choice med to help with both depression and anxiety because they help to keep your mood in the normal range.
But it is trial and error, and remember that meds just manage symptoms and don't resolve the original stressor. Please look for a Psychologist expert in treating anxiety disorders, preferably trained in EMDR. It generally works much faster and is less distressing

In brief: Anxiety

SSRIs are generally a first choice med to help with both depression and anxiety because they help to keep your mood in the normal range.
But it is trial and error, and remember that meds just manage symptoms and don't resolve the original stressor. Please look for a Psychologist expert in treating anxiety disorders, preferably trained in EMDR. It generally works much faster and is less distressing
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