How Do I Treat Anxiety and Depression?

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Anxiety and depression can make each other worse. The good news is that there are several ways to relieve both conditions. Things you may try:
  • Counseling. The therapist can tell you how to treat both conditions at the same time. Types of therapy include interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and problem-solving therapy.
  • Medication. Your doctor may give you antidepressant drugs such as an SSRI, an SNRI, or other drugs like bupropion and mirtazapine. They work for both anxiety and depression symptoms.
  • Diet. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and foods high in carbohydrate. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Relaxation techniques. Meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga are all good choices.
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