Treatment For Depression and Anxiety

Depression affects more than 17 million people each year. And costs for the treatment for depression and anxiety are more then $12 billion dollars annually. This makes depression one of the more expensive mental illnesses to treat. And yet, it's estimated that untreated instances of depression and anxiety cost about twice as much, or 25 billion dollars a year, in lost productivity of workers. And in many sufferers, the symptoms of these illnesses can be disabling and prevent them from performing their normal work functions.

If you look at statistics, women are much more likely to be diagnosed with depression and anxiety than are men. But statistics can be misleading. Since many more women visit doctors regularly as opposed to men, it's not surprising that the numbers are skewed in that direction.

Treatment For Depression and Anxiety Options

Those who seek help for their depression and anxiety issues find that a combination of counseling, psychotherapy, and medication seem to be the most beneficial treatments.

Many who eschew pharmaceutical means of treatment find that alternative treatments as yoga and meditation give them some relief from anxiety and stress. In various studies, although yoga does show promise in relieving levels of anxiety and depression in patients, the verdict is still out pending more studies in controlled situation. Researchers haven't yet determined the degrees of depression and anxiety in which a treatment like yoga would be most beneficial. They also haven't determined if results gained are permanent.

Others looking for depression and anxiety treatments are tempted to try herbal supplements such as St. Johns wort. A government funded study from 2002 showed that St. John's wort extract was ineffective in the treatment of depression and anxiety. Always consult with your doctor before taking herbal supplements for your illnesses. Most herbal supplements on the market are not regulated by any government agency and many of their health claims cannot be verified.

Vitamins and minerals are increasingly mentioned as treatments for depression and anxiety.  In fact, there is a lot of evidence showing that depression and anxiety are linked, in some fashion, with the healthiness of the individual. That is, the more likely a person is to have a physical illness, the more likely he or she is to having symptoms of depression and anxiety. In view of this relationship, researchers have been studying the effects of various vitamins and minerals on depression and anxiety. Scientists are especially interested in vitamins b6, vitamin b12, and folic acid as the levels of these substances in the bloodstream seem to be somehow correlated with the person's severity of depression. But again, more research is needed.

It's worth noting that for those who are suffering from depression and anxiety, that these diseases rarely get better on their own. On the contrary, they tend to worsen the longer they're left untreated. Making it all the more urgent that sufferers seek help.

Paxil For Anxiety
Doctors begin prescribing Paxil for anxiety in the 1980's as it became clear that Proxac was causing widespread addiction among patients taking it for anxiety.

Physical Symptoms of Anxiety And Stress
Anxiety and Stress manifest themselves by many physical symptoms which, if unresolved, can create tensions in relationships, on the job, and with friends.

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