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Dealing with anxiety and depression

Recognize Depression and Anxiety

Anxiety and depression are mental illnesses and there are more than 100 million of people all over the world suffering from these problems. These are two distinctive disorders, according to the current medical theory, but many scientists and doctors believe that they should be considered as two poles of the same disorder. A person suffering from anxiety will experience unreasonable worries, irritability and restlessness. Depressive person, on the other hand, is usually pessimistic about the future, losing all of his/hers interests and has low self-esteem. In many cases, these patients are also very sad. One of the reasons that made scientists believe in the connection between anxiety and depression is the treatment. In fact, most depressive patients suffer from anxiety and the treatment recommended for the depression seems to work against anxiety also. The same goes also in the other direction and anxiety patients, treated for their condition, also show improvement with depression.

Psychotherapy Treatment

Cognitive, behavioral or cognitive-behavioral treatment is usually the first line of defense against depression and/or anxiety. Cognitive treatments with professional therapists insist on the feeling triggering the mental problem of a particular patient. Alteration of the thoughts and feelings that led to these disorders should enable the patient to deal with his/hers problem.

Behavioral therapy is based upon facing the fears that caused depression and anxiety, and desensitizing to that specific situation.

Cognitive-behavioral treatment combines both of the above mentioned methods and it proved to be very successful for people dealing with panic attacks.

Depression and Anxiety Medications

Drugs used for treating depression or anxiety can be both synthetic and herbal. Psychotherapist may prescribe anti-depressant medications, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or beta blockers. Other options are herbal remedies, usually from the herbs such as ginseng, garlic, basil, Ginkgo biloba or St. John’s worth. Be careful when using herbs, because some of them are known to interact with anti-depressive drugs and cause potential harm. Because of that, always consult your doctor before you decide to use both of these drugs for your treatment.

Alternative Therapies

Physical activity, relaxation, meditation, acupuncture, massages, yoga and even hypnotherapy can be very useful for anyone dealing with anxiety and depression.

Regular exercise has proved to prevent depression. Half of an hour per day, several times per week is everything you need to do to start feeling better. Deep breathing during meditation or yoga is also very beneficial and many people that suffered from depression or anxiety found these activities to be the perfect solution for their problems.

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