Many people suffer from problems with anxiety that interrupt their day-to-day life. Fortunately, there are effective anti anxiety treatments and things you can do to reduce the anxiety in your life.
It is a common misconception that anxiety is not a real thing or a legitimate health concern. You might hear people say, “anxiety is a made up thing,” or “everyone has anxiety, why is it worse for you?” And yes, while everyone has anxiety from time to time, some people are constantly limited in their day-to-day activities by overwhelming fears and anxiety. Luckily, under the care of a doctor, anxiety disorders can be treated. Often a combination of medication, therapy and lifestyle adjustments are recommended to stem the anxiety. You should not try to self diagnose anxiety problems. They are varied and depend on the individual. Only a doctor can determine the best treatment for anxiety disorders.
Often anti-anxiety medications are prescribed by a doctor to tackle the consequences of anxiety problems. Newer to the market, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed for anxiety sufferers. They work with the brain chemistry to alter the communication patterns to lower your body’s response to anxiety. They are a form of anti-depressant that people often do not adjust to them right away. While they have lower side effects than other anti-depressants, they take anywhere from two weeks to one month to become fully integrated in the body to achieve maximum effectiveness.
They also tend to cause side effects in some patients like
- and loss of appetite.
However with time, the side effects do pass as the body gets more used to the medication. Some of the brand names of SSRIs include Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Paxil and Celexa. Other types of anti-anxiety drugs are also used for treatment, for example tricyclics or monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MOI). They are not as commonly prescribed as the SSRIs.
Xanax and Ativan are sometimes used in conjunction with SSRIs to combat anxiety in the short term or to defend against situations where someone is prone to get a panic attack. For instance, anxiety sufferers may take an Ativan or Xanax before traveling if they know it will calm their anxiety and prevent a possible panic attack. When taking SSRIs or other anti-anxiety drugs, it is not recommended to stop the medicine abruptly. You may suffer from unpleasant side effects and not feel well. Your doctor or health care professional will instruct you on how to properly wean off the medication in order to lessen unwanted withdrawal effects. This may include taking less of the medication everyday for a certain period of time or every other day until the medicine can slowly unwind out of your system. You doctor or mental health professional may also recommend cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in addition to medication to address the thinking patterns that result in the anxiety. Fears of certain situations and events contribute to a person’s anxiety. The CBT works on addressing those fears and the mental process behind the anxiety. CBT, often called behavioral therapy usually lasts 12 weeks. It may be done in group setting or individually, depending on the anxiety disorder. Some people respond better to behavioral therapy than medication to help their anxiety.
Doctors have suggested that stress is a big contributing factor to anxiety disorders. The doctor may recommend certain lifestyle changes and ways to reduce stress in your life to combat the anxiety. He or she may address your sleeping patterns, work situation and other factors that may be contributing to your stress levels.