When Anxiety Depression Coexist

Anxiety depression is the most common combination for depressedindividuals.  It certainly complicates the treatment picture... which doyou talk to your doctor about?  Does your doctor zero in on anxiety ordepression?  Most doctors will focus on depression, hoping that youranxiety will be alleviated along the way.  Why?  As a general rule, ifyour depression is the primary problem or the stronger problem, research hasproven that anti-anxiety medications can significantly worsen depression. 

Oftentimes it works out that anxiety does lessen once you receive treatmentfor depression.  Several medications for depression do bring relief foryour anxiety depression too.  Some of these frontline antidepressant medicationsinclude Paxil, BuSpar, Effexor, Anafranil, Celexa, Prozac and Zoloft.  Ifyou aren't on a medicine or not on one I've mentioned or not feeling any benefitfor the anxiety then you may want to discuss this with your doctor.

What if you're on an antidepressant which is working for your depression butnot for the anxiety?  Do you want to take the chance of switchingmedicines?  Hummm... things get so complicated at times, don't they? 

It's important for you to know that medication used alone for treatment works 40-50% of the time.  Add psychotherapy to the mix and theresearch shows a giant jump upwards to 90% success in gaining lastingrelief.  For a professional approach to your anxiety depression problem you may want to consider myonline counselingoptions.  There are proven methods for building anxietyrelief skills that can help you gain control over anxiety without takinganti-anxiety medication. 

Primarily I am talking about cognitive-behavioral therapy.  Onceyou  make a habit of skills you can easily learn you can reduce your levelof anxiety depression at will.  This is my strongest advice to you.  If you canmanage anxiety without the use of medication you will feel extremelyconfident!  However, depending on the level of anxiety depression you experience alongwith depression you may need to be treated medically for both issues.  Ifyou have worked hard with a professional therapist, such as myself, and feel theanxiety continues to be intolerable then you should not feel bad at all forrequesting your doctor take a serious look at assisting with an appropriatemedicine.  Doctors are usually cautious with prescribing anti-anxietymedicines because several are addictive, which simply means you can build atolerance to the drug and may have withdrawal symptoms once you stop takingit. 

Some of the medications used for the treatment of anxiety include Ativan,BuSpar (as mentioned above), Centrax, Klonopin, Serax, Tranxene and Xanax.

If you're a do-it-yourselfer you may want to check into this anxiety treatment eBook.  I have reviewed it and it is very good.  Ihighly recommend it.  Wishing you the best in treating both your anxietydepression.

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