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Tips for Coping With Anxiety Caused by Antidepressants


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).


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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