Do Anxiety Medications Work?

Monday, 28 Mar 2011 03:47 PM

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If you are suffering from anxiety and are wondering if anxiety medications work, the answer is yes, they work. However, you need to understand that anxiety medications aren't the only treatment for anxiety, therapy is a viable option and learning to cope with your anxiety is just as important as finding a medication that can help you get your anxiety under control quickly.

There are several options when it comes to anti-anxiety medications. Types of medications include anti-depressants, Beta-blockers, and Benzodiazepines.

Often times, your psychiatrist will determine which option is best for you depending on what is causing your anxiety. For example, if you are suffering from clinical depression, bipolar disorder, or something similar, then an anti-depressant may be used. While you can discuss your options with your doctor, you should always follow their advice on type and dose for your medication.

What many people don't know about anti-anxiety medication is that it is often addictive, which is why it is so important to learn how to cope with the anxiety rather than depending on the medication. It is easy to pop a pill and get things under control and it takes work to find your triggers and learn to cope with them, but the end result will be well worth the effort. Don't sell yourself short and don't become dependant on a drug when you can learn the skills you need to feel better.

It is also important to note that most anti-anxiety medications come with a myriad of side-effects. Some of the side-effects can be life threatening, which is why it is important that if your body does anything odd while you are taking your medication you should contact your doctor.

Anxiety can be a debilitating condition and medication can do wonders for people in this situation. However, you shouldn't become dependant on anti-anxiety medications to treat your anxiety.

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