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Tips for Coping With Anxiety Caused by Antidepressants

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Updated September 23, 2011

Almost all classes of antidepressants can potentially cause anxiety, especially during the initiation of treatment.

Tips for reducing this anxiety include:

  • Get vigorous exercise, such as jogging, biking or aerobics.
  • Practice deep-breathing exercises and muscle relaxation.
  • Talk with your doctor about switching to another antidepressant.
  • Talk with your doctor about temporarily using an anti-anxiety medicine, such as a benzodiazepine (such as Ativan, Klonopin) or BuSpar (buspirone).

Source:

Davies, Robert D. and Leslie Winter. "Chapter 16 - Generalized Anxiety Disorder." Psychiatric Secrets Eds. James L. Jacobson and Alan M. Jacobson. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Hanley & Belfus, 2001.[

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