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Anxiety and Depression

Taking Antidepressant Medicines
Taking Antidepressant Medicines You have come to the decision with your healthcare provider to try an antidepressant medicine for depression. To take antidepressant medicine 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 while taking antidepressant medicine. 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 anymo...
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 healthcare provider'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 relaxatio...
Adjustment Disorders
Adjustment Disorders What is an adjustment disorder? An adjustment disorder is defined as an emotional or behavioral reaction to a stressful event or change in a person's life. The reaction is considered an unhealthy response to the event or change within 3 months of the stressful event or change happening. This stressful event or change in the life of a child or adolescent may be a family move, the parents' divorce or separation, the loss of a pet, or the birth of a brother or sister. A sudden illness ...
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 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...