NYC Therapist News: Tapering off anti-depressants to help anxiety
Researchers from Samaritan Mental Health in Corvallis, Oregon successfully treated 12 patients for anxiety by discontinuing their antidepressant medications. Some received alternative medications for depression that were not regarded as having anti-anxiety effects. The authors suggest that “some patients with anxiety may be treatable not by adding medications, but rather by tapering off existing ones.” Results appeared online June 12, 2012 inMedical Hypotheses.
As a therapist (http://therapistnyc.us), I’m always interested in where psychotherapy comes into play. Tapering off meds is one thing, but is there any sort of therapy outlet? (Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be effective for mood “disorders” such as depression and anxiety.
Also, anyone find it interesting that folks who are anxious are on “anti-depressants” in the first place?!