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Taking Antidepressant Medications
Taking Antidepressant Medications You have been asked to take drugs for your feelings of depression. To take antidepressant drugs safely, you will need some information. Here are some things you need to know to help you safely take your pills. Don't drink alcohol with antidepressant medication. Alcohol may make you more depressed and keep your pills from working. If you have taken your medicine for a long time (months) and you feel it's "not working anymore," contact your doctor or nurse, because you ma...
Adjustment Disorders
Adjustment Disorders What is an adjustment disorder? An adjustment disorder is defined as an emotional or behavioral reaction to an identifiable stressful event or change in a person's life that is considered maladaptive or somehow not an expected healthy response to the event or change. The reaction must occur within three months of the identified stressful event or change happening. The identifiable stressful event or change in the life of a child or adolescent may be a family move, parental divorce o...
When and How to Stop Antidepressant Medication
When and How to Stop Antidepressant Medication Each year millions of Americans are prescribed antidepressants. There are many types of antidepressants. Medications include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac, Lexapro, Zoloft, Celexa and Paxil, serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) like Cymbalta and Effexor, tricyclic antidepressants including Elavil, Norpramin, Tofranil and others including Remeron, Wellbutrin, and Emsam. Many of these medications are used ...
Anxiety: Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Guided Imagery
Anxiety: Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Guided Imagery Symptom and Description It is common to feel stress or anxiety when you have cancer. Anxiety can be a vague or uneasy feeling of distress. There are many things that can bring on these feelings, such as trips to your doctor's office, treatments for your cancer, or fears about your cancer. Learning Needs There are many things that you can do to help your stress. Two things that are easy to learn are called progressive muscle relaxation and guided ...
Anxiety Disorder (PDQ®)
Anxiety Disorder (PDQ®) Introduction This patient summary on anxiety is adapted from a summary written for health professionals by cancer experts. This and other credible information about cancer treatment, screening , prevention , supportive care , and ongoing clinical trials is available from the National Cancer Institute . Anxiety is a normal reaction to cancer, but it can interfere with a patient's quality of life and the ability to follow through with cancer therapy. This brief summary describes th...