As we’ve established in several posts, therapy is an important part of healing. But equally important is medication. Some may be hesitant to take medication on a disorder they don’t believe is real. Once you accept that acknowledgment is the first step to the cure, the journey to healing has begun.
Medication, along with counselling and therapy, are just some of the ways you can live easier with anxiety. There are four classes of medication available to people living with anxiety, and intake will all depend on several factors. These medications do not cure the disorder, but rather make it easier for the suffering person suffering to cope with his or her anxiety.
Here’s a bit of medicinal vocabulary overload for you:
- SSRIs, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors improves the behaviour and mood of the person. Obviously it works as an anti-depressant, although the user may get side effects such as reduced sexual desire.
- Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs) prevents the absorption of chemical messengers in the brain, which is best for people who have chronic nerve pain.
- Benzodiazepines relax and reduce physical symptoms and muscular tension of the body, mostly used for treatment of social phobia and panic attacks.
- Tricyclic Antidepressants is best used by people who have depression and panic-phobic disorder.
It is important to remember that you must not diagnose a pill to yourself – no matter how clear you think the fine print is, have a professional give you a recommendation. It’s always a good idea to call your doctor before taking any pill. All four classes have side effects – ranging from mood swings to more panic attacks – that may end up to be fatal. If you’re not sure which one you should use, it’s best not to take any risks.
Herbal supplements are also popular to some. Note however that the more powerful the herb is, the more likely you’re going to have side effects. The best thing you can do is to ask first the doctor if the herbal supplement is good for you. Listen to “testimonies” with a grain of salt – what works for others may not necessarily work for you.
Since anxiety disorder is a common affliction, treatment is easy to find. The key to not having too much drug intake is to be open to different treatments as well. Other available options are herbal supplements, exercise, therapy and remedies we’ve discussed in previous posts here: What You Could Actually Do About Anxiety
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