Newsletter

Stay up to date on all things stress and anxiety. Sign up and we’ll send you the latest news, resources, scientific breakthroughs, events, tips, and much more.

Therapy vs. Medication

Therapy vs. Medication

Therapy vs. Medication
Transcript

A common question that's asked is: should a person start with therapy or with medication? As with so many things, there's no one-size-fits-all right answer, but there are some things to consider: therapy works well. Medications work well. The combination of the two seems to work better than either one by itself, and so oftentimes they will be combined. I often recommend it to patients if the clinical situation is appropriate to start with therapy. Therapy being a little bit more of a conservative option without the side effects that you necessarily could see from medication. If a course of therapy really doesn't seem to be helping, then consider adding on medication. That being said, every situation is unique and it has to be assessed individually, so there are no hard and fast rules, but that is one potential way to consider.

Related Videos

Therapy vs. Medication

Definition & Types

Normal Worry vs. Anxiety

Support

Latest Research

Definition

How To Manage Stress

Circadian Rhythm

Doctor Profile

Zev Wiener, MD

Psychiatrist

  • Board-certified psychiatrist
  • Runs a private practice and serves on staff at UCLA Medical Center
  • Provides supervision and instruction to psychiatry resident MD’s and medical students

Doctor Profile

Zev Wiener, MD

Psychiatrist

  • Board-certified psychiatrist
  • Runs a private practice and serves on staff at UCLA Medical Center
  • Provides supervision and instruction to psychiatry resident MD’s and medical students

Doctor Profile

Jim Hjort, LCSW

Licensed Psychotherapist

  • Licensed psychotherapist, certified mindfulness meditation instructor, and clinical hypnotherapist
  • Executive and personal development trainer, offering coaching for individuals and organizations

Doctor Profile

Annie Garrett, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

  • Licensed clinical psychologist
  • Co-founder of Westside Psych, providing group and individual therapy for adults and adolescents
  • Specializes in helping adults overcome relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and substance use

Doctor Profile

Jim Hjort, LCSW

Licensed Psychotherapist

  • Licensed psychotherapist, certified mindfulness meditation instructor, and clinical hypnotherapist
  • Executive and personal development trainer, offering coaching for individuals and organizations

Doctor Profile

Jim Hjort, LCSW

Licensed Psychotherapist

  • Licensed psychotherapist, certified mindfulness meditation instructor, and clinical hypnotherapist
  • Executive and personal development trainer, offering coaching for individuals and organizations

Doctor Profile

Monisha Vasa, MD

Psychiatrist

  • General and Addiction Psychiatrist
  • Treats a variety of mental health disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders
  • Also teaches medical students and residents at the UC Irvine School of Medicine

Doctor Profile

Monisha Vasa, MD

Psychiatrist

  • General and Addiction Psychiatrist
  • Treats a variety of mental health disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders
  • Also teaches medical students and residents at the UC Irvine School of Medicine

Doctor Profile

Benjamin Hamburger, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

  • Licensed clinical psychologist in New York and California
  • Provides individual, group and couples psychotherapy for children (and their parents), adolescents, and adults
  • Specializes in working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety and ADHD

Send this to a friend