How to Seek Treatment for Anxiety or Depression
There is some good news for anyone who has anxiety or depression. First, you should know that there’s help and effective treatment for both conditions. Learning what options are available to you is step one.
It’s important to remember that there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment for any mental health condition. It may take some time, and you may need to try a few different routes. With diligence and support, you can find a path that leads you to a healthier, more productive, peaceful life.
Treatment options if you have anxiety:
Wondering how to deal with anxiety? The following treatment methods can help you deal with your anxiety symptoms:
- Medication: Medication alone is not often a cure for anxiety disorders, but it can help with many symptoms. Prescription medication commonly used to treat anxiety disorders may include anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants, or beta-blockers. Choosing the right medication can take time and needs to be done under the guidance of your psychiatrist.
- Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, has been proven effective for people with anxiety disorders. Psychotherapy is directed at your specific anxieties, and it’s customized to improve your individual needs and goals for therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one type of psychotherapy that’s often used to treat anxiety disorders. Through CBT, you learn how to change your thinking and behavior.
- Support groups: Support groups can be beneficial for some people with anxiety disorders, but this option alone may not be enough.
- Stress management and relaxation techniques: Relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, journaling are all great ways to help ease anxiety. Exercise and healthy sleep patterns are other potential options that have shown great success. Again, these techniques by themselves may not be adequate treatment. When used in combination with psychotherapy and/or medication, however, they might be very helpful.
Treatment options if you have depression:
Need help figuring out how to manage depression? You can also use one or all of the treatment below.
- Medication: Antidepressants — selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), and others — can offer some relief to people with depression. They can help improve your mood and energy levels. Prescription medication must be taken exactly as directed, and should not be discontinued without the supervision and guidance of a licensed in-person or online psychiatrist.
- Psychotherapy: Therapy is beneficial to many people who are clinically depressed. Working with a licensed therapist can help you learn coping skills as well as identify and change behaviors that may be contributing to your depression. In-person or online therapy can allow you to manage your stress, improve your relationships, and ultimately live a healthier life.
- Lifestyle changes: Making small lifestyle changes like getting enough sleep, making it a point to exercise, and eating healthy can all help with depression symptoms.
“You want to make sure you’re working with a mental health professional that can help you address both the immediate and long-term strategies to manage your depression and/or anxiety. Working on getting some immediate relief, as well as developing an understanding of what might have contributed to the mental health condition so you can work to manage or prevent this in the future, are equally important to your overall health and wellbeing.”
Talkspace therapist Kate Rosenblatt, MA, LPC, LMHC
Knowing how to deal with anxiety vs. depression (or how to handle both) can feel overwhelming in the beginning, but you can find a way to manage and treat both conditions. There’s help available, and even just researching and learning more about them, as you have today, shows you’re on the right track.