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I have depression and anxiety- please help

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I'm sorry to hear about your problems with depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety commonly occur together. But when both are present, it is more difficult to treat than just having either one alone.

The first order of business is to get an assessment from your doctor. If your doctor deems that you may have both a major depressive disorder and an anxiety disorder, then you may be referred to a psychiatrist for further evaluation.

If you have both, then it is imperative to treat the depression first, as untreated depression can severely impact your functioning, and it can lead to safety issues if the depression worsens. When your depression lifts, then your anxiety symptoms may also be lifted. However, if the anxiety continues after the depression is treated, then your anxiety needs its own treatment plan.

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answered Nov 7, 2015 by drcarlo (294,430 points)