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Anxiety Disorder Medication
Maybe less effect: I think you mean that you are homozygous for the s (short) variant of the serotonin transport protein. Some studies suggest you might be less resilient to stressful events and less responsive to particular medication -- the ssris (prozac, zoloft, (sertraline) etc.) these studies are only guidelines. They should not dictate treatment. Your physician will consider that information as she considers tx options. ...Read more
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
First a diagnosis has to be made.Thyroid dysfunction,excessive caffeine intake,alcohol, drug habits, family history and duration of symptoms will need to be assessed.If indeed the diagnosis is GAD,your GP can put you on treatment and refer you to a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist if other mental issues are suspected or diagnosed.
Be well and be strong. ...Read more
Can psychiatric medications cause a new problem like anxiety disorder. Before medications didn't have the degree of anxiety, but now more pronounced ?
Maybe: Some medications can temporarily worsen anxiety in vulnerable individuals particularly if the medicine is dosed too aggressively. Other medications can be associated with a withdrawal syndrome so if abruptly stopped can precipitate anxiety. Yet others, namely antipsychotics, have a risk for the side effect akathesia which can mimic anxiety and also accompanied by restlessness. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Very possible: Anxiety can be thought of as too many thoughts that are unprocessed that occur too quickly without keeping a running inventory over things the patient does and does not have control over. Psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies can be very effective for anxiety and do not necessitate use of meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If i get diagnosed with social anxiety disorder, and perscribed medication will this affect my career?
Depends: No cut and dry answer since it depends on the individual's experience with social anxiety and the associated impairment. The best line treatment for social anxiety is a combination of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy. As long as an individual adheres to the treatment regimen, completes homework assignments, cognitive restructuring, & exposure, social anxiety can be successfully treated. ...Read more
Feeling out of energy all the time. I have an anxiety disorder but with medication i don't feel anxious. But i feel kind of off. I forget things too.
Check your meds: Some psychiatric medications can cause fatigue. If you symptoms started when you started your anxiety medication, you should talk to your doctor about it. Also, some common illnesses, such as a hypoactive thyroid, can cause anxiety and fatigue as well. Blood tests can tell you if your thyroid is working normally. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anxiety disorders: We diagnose by doing thorough interviews and history taking. Symptoms such as agitation, hypervigilance, startle response, avoidance behaviors, unusual fears, dreams that wake you up, etc. Medication such as SSRI can help some to manage symptoms but therapy is the long-term answer for most anxiety disorders. Recommend a Psychologist Certified in EMDR Therapy as most effective and fastest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anxiety meds: That depends. If the anxiety and panic is daily, long-term medications like the ssri and snri class of medications (sorry not enough space to spell it out!) may be the best option. If the symptoms are sporadic or rare, the benzodiazepines such as xanax, (alprazolam) ativan, valium, and Klonopin may be a better choice. Other options include beta blockers, gabapentin, clonidine, and buspirone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I tell the difference between anxiety chest pain and actual chest pain? How to deal with anxiety disorders without medication?!
Anxiety: Cognitive behavioral therapy is widely available and your physician may be able to help get you out of any abusive / impossible situations. At your age, chest pain is most likely to be musculoskeletal and the anxiety due to this pain. Your physician can help you sort all of this out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a combination of yoga and gym Exercises cure anxiety disorder&sleep problems?without medication? I have high level of anxiety after breakup.
I have diagnosed anxiety disorder and am prescribed medication for it, and sadly developed a rough addiction. I’m stuck in cross roads because the Xanax (what I’m RX’d) takes away anxiety, but I’m taking either side of 50mg a day (street + RX). Help?
Detox needed: Your addiction to Xanax is serious enough at ~ 50 mg/day to warrant in-patient treatment. You are putting your health at great risk by doing street drugs. Be honest with prescribing doc and reach out for help, go to urgent care or ER. You need careful medical supervision to detox and a re-evaluation of any underlying anxiety disorder. For more info, see: http://tinyurl.com/hoj7rto ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How can I prevent hot flashes caused by anxiety? So, I have an anxiety disorder, and i take medications and go to therapy. I'm also a hypochondriac, so i mostly avoid websites like these, but I am starting to get real hot flashes from what i assume is the
Hello. : Hello. Recommend that you ask your therapist about progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing exericises. If you have already been taught these, recommend that you do them religiously. They can be very helpful to abort panic or anxiety or to help calm after a panic attack. ...Read more
Therapy often better: Tranquilizers, developed as "anti-anxiety" medications, r addictive & don't teach u how to deal w the feelings, just medicate them away. Many forms of psychotherapy r much more effective in long term improvement 4 anxiety. What treatment is best depends on the type of anxiety u have. Consult a therapist specializing in anxiety. Ssris r called antidepressants but can be helpful for anxiety too. ...Read more
SSRI: I assume that you are on another medication. It would be helpful to know what that is. In general the ssris like prozac, celexa, and zoloft (sertraline) also help with anxiety. There are a variety of other medications that can help. However, consider treating anxiety with other non medications like exersize and counciling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
GAD Tx: Medications such as SSRI's or SNRI's may be used. Benzodiazapines are sometimes used as well. ...Read more
No "best" drug: There is no "best" medication for anxiety. People respond differently to medication. You have to find the one that works for you as they can have side effects. Ssri's (i.e. Zoloft, lexapro, paxil, (paroxetine) celexa) are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety. Exercise is a great natural weigh to manage anxiety as well as cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more
See psychiatrist: Psychiatrists are the specialists trained to diagnose and treat disorders like panic and anxiety. Some family physicians feel comfortable doing it also, but some don't. You should make sure nothing has changed with your physical health, through your family doctor. Most people get the best response from medications when also in psychotherapy for their anxiety -- can learn tools that help. ...Read more
Behavioral Options?: See this page anxiety disorders assn of bc which contains educational & self-help tools (incl. A video) for managing & even overcoming social anxiety: http://www.Anxietybc.Com/resources/social.Php effective treatment for social anxiety will involve putting yourself in feared social situations, going from ones you fear only a little to others you fear a lot. A cbt expert coach can be big help! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: People respond to medication differently. One may affect your memory but in another person it may not. I will say that the most common family of medications which can cause memory problems are the benzodiazepines (i.E xanax, (alprazolam) ativan, valium, klonopin). You have to weigh the pros and cons of the medication and find the right one that works for you. ...Read more
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