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I was wondering is ativan safe to use long-term to treat generalized anxiety disorder?

I was wondering is ativan safe to use long-term to treat generalized anxiety disorder?

Although some: People do fine with long term use - development of tolerance can occur. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

An anxiety disorder is a condition in which a person has mental illness with anxiety as a main symptom. Although some anxiety is common with normal persons in stressful situations, anxiety disorders occur when the anxiety is prolonged or greatly exaggerated, in comparison to how a normal person would respond ...Read more


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Could ativan be safe to use long-term to treat generalized anxiety disorder?

Not the best choice: While ativan is effective in reducting feelings of anxiety, it is also both short actiing and habit forming. This makes it the sort of medicine that you may develop a tolerance to, and it is also a medication that you need to wean off of. Benzos are never the best choice. Talk to your doc about soemthing like Buspar or another antidepressant. They do not carry these risks. ...Read more

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How long should I expect to take an ssri (specifically, lexapro) for generalized anxiety disorder? I am engaged in counseling and other strategies.

How long should I expect to take an ssri (specifically, lexapro) for generalized anxiety disorder?  I am engaged in counseling and other strategies.

Variable: Some people with generalized anxiety d/o continue supportive medications like Lexapro indefinitely; others for more limited time depending on their work in psychotherapy and life practices. Lexapro has good anti-anxiety effects, and is relatively safe in that it does not build tolerance like benzodiazepines & specific sleep medications do. Please discuss your personal situation w/your own doctor. ...Read more

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I was previously diagnosed with adhd generalized anxiety disorder and social phobia was prescribed medication but no longer see the doctor I need medi?

I was previously diagnosed with adhd generalized anxiety disorder and social phobia was prescribed medication but no longer see the doctor I need medi?

This is curable: I specialize in this type of problem and have 30 years of proven experience with the diagnosis. Tt can be cured and I guarantee my work. It involves a new type of therapy,non-talking. ...Read more

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What exactly is generalized anxiety disorder (gad)?

What exactly is generalized anxiety disorder (gad)?

Generalized Anxiety: Excessive anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation), occurring more-days-than-not for at least 6 months, about a number of events or activities (such as work or school performance).The person finds it difficult to control the worry.The anxiety and worry are associated with three (or more) of the following 1.Restlessness easily fatigued difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension. ...Read more

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Generalized anxiety disorder. Where do I start?

Good therapist...: Psychotherapy should be an essential part of your treatment plan. You will get to listen to your emotional self & understand what the anxiety is about & heal/grow/adjust accordingly... U could discuss the potential benefit of meds with ur therapist, but if at all possible & bearable, visit a few times in therapy prior to introducing meds to the mix. U wanna listen to the anxiety before u numb it! ...Read more

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How do you define generalized anxiety disorder?

How do you define generalized anxiety disorder?

Unwarranted worrying: Generalized anxiety disorder (gad) refers to people who worry about lots and lots of things rather than specific things such as flying or insects. They feel worried, tense, and irritable more often than not beyond what is warranted objectively, with symptoms such as restlessness, poor conentration, and poor sleep. Some physical illnesses can cause gad but typically there is no known cause. ...Read more

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Generalized anxiety disorder? Is that just being scared to go out?

Generalized anxiety disorder? Is that just being scared to go out?

Not quite: It's more a pattern of frequent, constant worry & anxiety over many different activities & events. A number of physical symptoms may also be present, including muscle tension (shakiness, headaches) & stomach problems, such as nausea or diarrhea. The fear of going out that you're referring to is mentioned usually more in relation to agoraphobia or social anxiety. Google them... Wishing you well. ...Read more

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I have generalized anxiety disorder. Is it normal to forget how normal body functions feel?

Yes, it is common: People with anxiety often focus so much on the slightest sensation in their bodies. Often, they may even exacerbate normal functions and convince themsleves that something very bad is happening to their bodies. A lot of anxiety can also make people "feel" symptoms that have no match with the body's anatomy or physiology. Usually, effectively treating anxiety will make this a lot better. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

Generalized anxiety disorder is also known as Anxiety disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder is a condition consisting of uncontrollable and constant worry and nervousness regarding many areas of life. This may result in restlessness, fatigue, ...Read more