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Can you tell me about the medicine of social anxiety disorder?

Can you tell me about the medicine of social anxiety disorder?

One option is: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It is always to also use non-pharmacological approaches if you use anxiolytic medications. ...Read more

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


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Is biofeedback a safe alternative to my medicines for generalized anxiety disorder?

Is biofeedback a safe alternative to my medicines for generalized anxiety disorder?

Yes: Biofeedback is a great modality and is very safe. It can help with anxiety disorder and should be used. What some people don't realize is that anxiety can also be due to an immune imbalance due to diet/microbes in the gut. If you have constipation, diarrhea, or any GI symptoms, you must first address your intestines, otherwise the biofeedback will not work well. ...Read more

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What is an anti anxiety medicine for physical symptoms of anxiety disorder?

What is an anti anxiety medicine for physical symptoms of anxiety disorder?

Mindfulness: There are many books on mindfulness and dealing with stress and anxiety without medication. ...Read more

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What causes an anxiety disorder to develop, and how can I control it without drugs?

What causes an anxiety disorder to develop, and how can I control it without drugs?

Causes vary from: Reacting to stressful situations and not processing them at the time to possible physiological predisdositions (hereditary or familial modeling). Psychotherapy can help you become less anxious. A therapist can teach you relaxation techniques & talk about the things that make you anxious. Together you can learn different ways to cope with what is causing your anxiety. ...Read more

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I had a terrible reaction from using a recreational drug I had never tried before. Extremely frightening. My anxiety disorder started after this. Why?

Drugs can trigger it: Recreational drugs can trigger anxiety in susceptible individuals. Pot, ecstasy, lsd, and recently k2, bath salts can all have adverse effects. Most don't cause permanent brain damage (although pcp and glue can) but you never know what unscrupulous dealers will sell you. Consult your doctor or a psychiatrist to evaluate and treat your anxiety and you will likely be ok. ...Read more

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Which drugs are used to treat social anxiety disorder?

Which drugs are used to treat social anxiety disorder?

See the list below: Primary medications used for the treatment of social anxiety disorder include paxil, (paroxetine) venlafaxine, clonopin, MAO inhibitors, Prozac has been used as well, and zoloft is also used frequently. I have found Lexapro be useful as well although it is not fda approved for this purpose. ...Read more

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Which is the best medicine to overcome anxiety and panic disorders?

Which is the best medicine to overcome anxiety and panic disorders?

Anxiety Management: Hi
the best way to overcome anxiety is THERAPY in addition to meds. Medicines help but therapy with meds is the best combination. Of meds, SSRIs (if Celexa (citalopram) not working well, try another in this class) then SNRIs are best suited for long term management of anxiety. Would suggest staying away from benzodiazepines — cause dependence in general — this is on a case by case basis of course. See a doctor. ...Read more

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I have tried every med to control my borderline and anxiety disorder and nothing works. Frustrated with medicine resistant symptoms?

I have tried every med to control my borderline and anxiety disorder and nothing works. Frustrated with medicine resistant symptoms?

Therapy: Therapy and education treat anxiety. Not pills. Pills cover up anxiety. They do not treat or cure anxiety. One learns in appropriate treatment to understand their anxiety, the memories that are triggering it and how to redefine the experience or to gain insight so that the feelings experienced are less severe. Anxiety is overcome. It is not cured by pills. ...Read more

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Why did a very bad experience with a recreational drug cause my anxiety disorder? I'm not a drug abuser, I tried it once. (bad decision)

Why did a very bad experience with a recreational drug cause my anxiety disorder? I'm not a drug abuser, I tried it once. (bad decision)

Not likely: It is not likely that using a drug once could cause your anxiety to last for an extended period. Lots of things can give people anxiety, especially if you are a high achiever. I think you can make an appointment with a psychologist to evaluate the problem and make suggestions would be good. Not all anxiety is bad, it just has to be managed and channeled. ...Read more

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Currently a medical student but struggling. Is medicine not for me if I have a severe anxiety disorder? Ever heard of doctors with similar problems?

Currently a medical student but struggling. Is medicine not for me if I have a severe anxiety disorder? Ever heard of doctors with similar problems?

See MD: Suggest you get help for your OCD and ADHD before making the big decision to stay or leave medicine. You're not the only med student to struggle this way. Find a psychiatrist asap you're comfortable with, perhaps also a therapist and let them help you figure out what's best for you. Too much going on with you personally plus the stress of med school to struggle alone. All the best. ...Read more

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What SSRIs or SNRIs (or drug in a similar class) work best for social anxiety disorder, if any?

What SSRIs or SNRIs (or drug in a similar class) work best for social anxiety disorder, if any?

Social anxiety: Everyone seems to have an opinion on this. All are based on a series of accounts. To be FDA approved for treatment of social anxiety disorder there is a fairly rigorous process a drug manufacturer has to go through. As it turns out several agents that did not apply for FDA indication work well in some individuals. I suggest you team up with somebody who will closely advise you personally over time ...Read more

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Generalised anxiety disorder. Condition mild but flares up once drugs are stopped. Does it mean patient needs to be on medication for life?

Generalised anxiety disorder. Condition mild but flares up once drugs are stopped. Does it mean patient needs to be on medication for life?

Not necessarily...: Depending on the meds, the body may need more or less time to adjust to not having the meds anymore. Also, hopefully, underlying issues have been worked through in therapy and alternative ways of handling anxiety and life (eg relaxation, deep breathing, eft) learned. While meds are hopefully and usually not for life, coping with life is for life. ;) good luck! ...Read more

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What are the most effective drugs for general anxiety disorder and panic disorder?

What are the most effective drugs for general anxiety disorder and panic disorder?

SSRI/ SSNRI / BZD: The selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (ssri) are probably the most effective and safest followed by the selective serotonin and norepineprine re-uptake inhibitors (ssnri) followed by the benzodiazepines (bzd). There are many medications within each class which are often chosen based upon side effect profile. ...Read more

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I have anxiety disorder and I have a tablet which contains 3 mg of bromazepam. Will it work as an anti anxiety medicine?

I have anxiety disorder and I have a tablet which contains 3 mg of bromazepam. Will it work as an anti anxiety medicine?

Anxiety,Bromazepam: I understand your need for Medication for anxiety.
Bromazepam is a Benzodiazepine for treatment of Anxiety.
You can take the medication if Anxiety disorder is severe or for marked distress.
This medication is habit-forming. For continued anxiety see a Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Medication benefits and side effects, and Therapy for stress in your life.
Do Breathing Relaxation, Yoga, Meditation ...Read more

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Is it best to stay away from headache medicine containing caffeine if I am sensitive to caffeine due to my anxiety disorder?

Absolutely : If you are aware that caffeine worsens your anxiety, them you should avoid it. Caffeine used frequently can be a cause of caffeine-withdrawal headaches as well. Talk to your doctor about treatment options ...Read more

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I'm afraid to take meds. I Have general/health anxiety disorder. Prescribed 10mg lexapro (escitalopram). Take half at bedtime. Is it safe to take this medicine? Afraid

I'm afraid to take meds. I Have general/health anxiety disorder. Prescribed 10mg lexapro (escitalopram). Take half at bedtime. Is it safe to take this medicine? Afraid

As long as you are: Being followed by your doc, the medicine you are taking is safe. If you want an alternative/natural approach you can see a doctor of natural medicine or a holistic practitioner. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Taking dothiepin 37.5mg, lexotan 0.375mg a day for general anxiety disorder. Can medicine cause muscle tightness?

Taking dothiepin 37.5mg, lexotan 0.375mg a day for general anxiety disorder. Can medicine cause muscle tightness?

Some.: You are on a low dose antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication. Yes some medication especially anti-psychotic medications can cause muscle tightness but I think the tightness is still from anxiety itself. You need to talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Just by success rates I know it varies but what drug has a better success rate or treatment for generalized anxiety disorder xanex XR or klonopin (clonazepam)?

Neither: These two drugs are sedatives, cousins to each other and do nothing to cure, treat, or prevent anxiety. They are temporary tools for an acute situation. They are not for long term or repetitive use. ...Read more

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Can my anxiety disorder be cured?

Can my anxiety disorder be cured?

Yes: Read on mindfulness. It is very effective way to rid of anxiety without medication. ...Read more

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How to deal with anxiety disorder?

How to deal with anxiety disorder?

The best combo of: Treatments is psychotherapy and possibly medication support. First you have to know that your anxiety is psychological and not the result of something else (side effects of meds, the result of a physical disease, etc.). Go to an MD for a physical first, then to a therapist, as needed. Here's a reference for some self diagnosis:

http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html ...Read more

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How to deal with anxiety disorder?

Your Dr can assess: For an anxiety disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. There are a # of ways to address anxiety: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program or progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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What is anxious vs anxiety disorder?

What is anxious vs anxiety disorder?

Normal vs. illness: "Anxious" or anxiety is a normal, necessary human emotion. Anxiety disorders are abnormal conditions in which additional problems develop as a result of persistent, unnecessary anxiety. Doctors don't treat anxiety, per se. They treat anxiety disorders. ...Read more

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I have anxiety disorder, what to do?

Are you getting : Treatment for your anxiety disorder? If not, that would be important. There are a # of ways to address anxiety: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program or progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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What are the roots of anxiety disorder?

What are the roots of anxiety disorder?

No simple answer: The root of anxiety disorders is thought to be related to the "fight or flight" reaction gone awry. Anxiety itself is a normal emotion which can help us get through life-either by allowing us to act quickly in an emergency or in a mild form by keeping us alert. It is thought that this reaction can occur at inappropiate times leading to an anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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How to know if I have anxiety disorder?

Anxiety: If you are consistently tense, afraid, uneasy it is quite likely you are suffering from an anxiety disorder. But rather than looking for a diagnosis you may be better served to try to discover what is troubling you. Confide in those you trust to see if you can uncover the origin of your anxiety. A consultation with a mental health professional may be very helpful. Best. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety???: Anxiety involves a cluster of symptoms. You can talk with a mental health provider to determine if your symptoms fit a diagnosis of anxiety. Sometimes feeling anxious may be time/situation limited. ...Read more

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What are common anxiety disorder symptoms?

What are common anxiety disorder symptoms?

3 Major spheres: The major symptoms of anxiety cluster in 3 areas. Biological symptoms which are felt in your body and can effect many systems. Psychological /cognitive which effect your inner self and thinking and, social/behavioral which effect your outside behaviors and interaction with the environment. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,149 doctors shared insights

Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere ...Read more