How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask TherapistMarryAnn Your Own Question
TherapistMarryAnn, Therapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 5804
Experience:  Over 20 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, and relationship issues.
Type Your Mental Health Question Here...
TherapistMarryAnn is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

should i take xanax for depression

This answer was rated:

should i take xanax for depression
Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.

Xanax is a drug that is from a class of medications called Benzodiazapines. These drugs block a chemical in the nervous system called GABA. GABA excites and elevates mood so a drug that blocks it such as Xanax is good for a diagnosis like anxiety, but generally not depression. And it has several undesired side effects including memory issues and possible dependency.

While medication is great for helping you cope with daily life, it often is not enough to address the original issue that caused your depression. In that case, therapy is often the best way to address the depression and alleviate your symptoms. Therapy is often one of the best ways to feel better. To have a better chance at finding a good therapist, ask your doctor for a referral. Or you can search on line at

You can also use self help to feel better by learning more about depression and the things you can do to alleviate your symptoms. Here are some resources to help you:

I hope this has helped you,
TherapistMarryAnn and other Mental Health Specialists are ready to help you