Traditional treatments (of) Anxiety Depression include pharmaceutical therapies including a number of different classes of antidepressant medications. These drugs do work for most and some better than others. The type of depression will usually indicate the drugs to consider for treatment.
Unfortunately, many of the depression medications have potentially dangerous side effects. Other side effects are just plain annoying. Many mental health medications have sexual side effects, usually a decrease in the sex drive. Other side effects could include digestive upset, headaches, and dizziness or drowsiness. Consumption of alcoholic beverages should not occur unless a doctor approves it and even then, it should be very limited.
Non-traditional treatments include but are not limited to the use of herbs and herbal supplements. Herb treatments (for) anxiety depression include Chamomile usually taken in the form of tea and is known to aid in sleep problems. St. John's Wort is known to aid in depression and anxiety. Evening Primrose is helpful in treating symptoms of PMS. In the best supplements, only the standardized extracts of herbs are used and the reason for this is where the most active ingredients are located.
To be sure you are getting the purest supplement and that you are getting what the label says you are getting, the supplement should be of pharmaceutical grade and have had the metabolic pathways of the ingredients checked at the molecular level. The interactions of the ingredients should have been evaluated as well. This information should be found somewhere on the label or you can email or telephone the company if you are unsure.
Other non-traditional treatments (for) anxiety depression include Guided Imagery in which a leader guides you in the creation of your own personal mental space where you can escape and renew yourself. Along the same lines, guided meditation is very similar. Progressive Relaxation can be done with a leader or on your own once you know how to do it.
Yoga, aerobic exercise, and other forms of exercise help to release chemicals in the brain that control pleasure and mood. Be sure that you check with your doctor before implementing an exercise program to be sure it is safe for you.
Depression sufferers deal with the stigma that has for centuries plagued those with any form of mental or emotional illness. Not only must this, but those who suffer with depression / anxiety deal with being told "It's all in your head." "Snap out of it." and other statements such as "Let it go, it's in the past- leave it there!" Reach out if you feel you or a loved one may be suffering. There is real help and real hope available to those who suffer with depression and anxiety.