Anxiety medication vs therapy

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Avatar m tn What kind of medication have you been prescribed? I am a proponent of medication combined with talk therapy when dealing with anxiety. Depending on what kind of medication you are on, in my experience, some side effects can stay with you for a little while (i.e, when starting, stopping, or adjusting the dosage of an SSRI). For me, medication is a useful tool when confronting anxiety, but it is not a 'cure all.' We all react differently to medications, and must weigh the pros vs.
780665 tn?1239026549 Medication and talk therapy usually work best together though but as to whether you need treatment and what medication that would be up to the psychiatrist.
Avatar n tn s ADHD is managed by his pediatrician, arrange an appointment with a psychiatris to discuss the anxiety. Anxiety disorders can be treated, sometimes by therapy alone and sometimes by a combination of therapy (usually cognitive-behavioral therapy) and medication.
2064754 tn?1333375663 There are a few very good optoins out there. I am on amitritypline and I find that it works amazingly well. It causes a little nausea and dizziness when you're first on it, however, and it makes me feel very tired so I take it at night. A friend of mine is on Prozac, which works awesome for her. When coupled with some other drugs, it can make you hear voices, I know she had that problem.
Avatar f tn Depends on your md but zoloft and wellbutrin( no clue how to spell that) are frequently prescribed to pregnant women. Also depends on how severe the depression is a risks vs benefits thing. As far as anxiety not really sometimes anti depressants help. My md said take benadryl, it doesn't make you less anxious but makes you sleepy...
Avatar m tn i dont want to go on medication i just need to talk to someone and tell them how the anxiety started and what natural ways i can cure my anxiety. This doctor works in the hospital and my family doctor said hes one of the best. i dont know....
Avatar f tn Current recommendations are that you don't continue on suppressive therapy throughout your pregnancy. We don't have a good reason to tell you not to other than with the info we currently have, we assume it's safe to take during pregnancy but we've never done formal studies ( and probably never will - they usually don't with any drug and pregnancy ) to know for sure that it's safe for the baby.
4046749 tn?1357103996 I am having the same problem. I suffer from depression and anxiety and was on medication until I found out that I was pregnant. It was almost non-existent during the first trimester so I thought that everything would be fine but in the second trimester the anxiety came back full force. I am currently seeing a therapist regularly and have an appointment with a psychiatrist for meds now that I'm in my 3rd trimester and my OB recommended it.
1717715 tn?1318297295 From a pure statistical standpoint, with a lot that I have read the best outcomes are with a combination of medication and therapy, however, I believe that long term, counseling is the most important step in my experience with this. But, I also believe that being on the SSRI was one of the best decisions I have made in overcoming and dealing with this.
Avatar f tn Although I got another job right after, anxiety remained and is triggered easily by work interactions for many weeks. Medication did help with my anxiety and insomnia. I don’t have as much anxiety issue anymore but whenever I try to taper of Xanax, I cannot sleep. When I asked him again, he said keep taking Xanax -XR for three months as he thinks different medications will have other side effects.
Avatar f tn Therapy doesn't work that fast! It takes time, and if you don't work hard, it doesn't work at all. Some of us don't do well in therapy, it's just true, and maybe you'll turn out to be one of those, but did you really expect to be cured after a few sessions? And you should feel worse when you begin therapy -- you're being forced to face the things you're avoiding. But one caveat -- make sure your therapist specializes in treating anxiety -- most don't.
Avatar f tn I struggled really bad when I was pregnant. There were a few times I had full blown sobbing panic attacks and I was convinced I was going to go into labor early and kill my baby. My daughter is now 17 months old and perfect. To be completely honest, I was in a very bad relationship and in a very bad situation. I didn't begin to feel better until I left my ex when our daughter was 5 months old. I don't know your situation but think about your life.
358304 tn?1409709492 You are correct that you can train your brain to have the opposite effect of panic and anxiety. Plus, the therapy is an excellent tool to help you do this. It's a lot of effort to keep going on and off of this type of medication and you don't know what kind of impact it is having on your mind and body. Is it worth the withdrawls, and going thru the funk again?
Avatar f tn ve been in therapy for a little over a year and things are starting to worsen with my anxiety and depression. My therapist said short-term medication is a possibility as a tool in my recovery. Has anyone used antidepressants while going to therapy?? It would be really helpful to hear some positive feedback. Medication is a kind of scary thought to me.
Avatar f tn I saw and orthopaedic a year ago and he told me I had three options, Therapy, Medication or Surgery I am still able to walk and go to work I can do daily chores but the burning and anxiety are what is making it difficult for me. Can anyone give me any advice on what I should do or Whom I should go see that can help me with pinched nerves in the spine. Do you think I should make Pain Management my next option and will it help?
1842266 tn?1318860459 well i am presently in therapy for panic disorder and I take meds and do therapy it depends on the individual. Depends on how severe your anxiety may in fact be. Some people have to use both meds and therapy-like myself. But don't think about anyone else situation besides yours. You are different and your triggers are different. Go to it and if you realise that it is not working I am certain your therapist will realise it and then probably choose another course of treatment.
915775 tn?1243249930 If i have an empty stomach it starts working within like 5 minutes, if I have recently eaten, it takes a little longer... another key to anxiety medication is to take it when you start to feel even a little anxious, don't wait until you are having a full blown attack, taking it sooner could prevent the attack from even happening... Maybe this helps, maybe it doesn't...
Avatar m tn I cannot disccuss the risks and benefits of any medication or therapy without knowing your complete medical history and performing a history and exam. You should discuss with your doctor your concerns so that he or she can tailor your therapy. Your doctor may consider checking an EKG to determine what your QTc interval is at baseline to determine whether starting Lexapro or a kindred medicine in you would require more intensive monitoring.
Avatar f tn My therapist recently suggested the idea of going on some medication for my anxiety. Thats something I have thought of for a while but am nervous to go forward with. I am nervous about the side effects that come along with the medications. I am looking to hear some other people's experiences with medication and what the pros and cons are.
Avatar n tn yes, but it's different for everyone. some people require medication... and therapy. Some people just need therapy. Some people do good on natural supplements. It's all about what is right for you. =) Does the medication help you?
605458 tn?1539228808 s an expensive medication and I am on disability and already have to pay too much for more important medication every month. The people at the dr's office is going to talk to the drug company to see if they can do something for me. I mean, the goal is always to avoid surgery when surgery can be avoided, but if I cannot get this hormone shot therapy, hysterectomy with salpingo oopherectomy is my other alternative. I am 39.
3183328 tn?1351183517 What's your opinion on anti anxiety medication? I've been going out more but I have a hard time getting in the car, then I have a hard time getting out. And I freak out. I'm seeing a therapist, and she said it's all up to me. She has anxiety too and she takes medication. So I was wondering which did you have the best results with, do you think i should take a low dosage, and also, what side effects do they have.