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should i take xanax for depression

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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 http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/.

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:

http://psychcentral.com/resources/Depression/Support_Groups/

http://depression.supportgroups.com/

http://www.nami.org/

http://helpguide.org/mental/depression_signs_types_diagnosis_treatment.htm


I hope this has helped you,
Kate
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