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What should I do for relief from anxiety?

What should I do for relief from anxiety?

Anxiety relief: On your own: meditation; breathing exercises; yoga; tai chi; qi gong; guided visualization. Soothing music. Calming baths, massage. Herbs like passion flower, lemon balm, kava, theanine (from green tea) and chamomile. With help: cognitive behavioral therapy and other psychotherapies. Psychiatric medicines like lexapro, celexa, zoloft, effexor (venlafaxine). Facing your fears, and not letting them contain you. ...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


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Prescribed 0.5mg lorazepam 2xdaily.Does not seem as effective,I sometimes take 4 or 5 a day to get relief from anxiety. Is there something better?

Prescribed 0.5mg lorazepam 2xdaily.Does not seem as effective,I sometimes take 4 or 5 a day to get relief from anxiety. Is there something better?

Ativan (lorazepam): is typically not used for long term management of anxiety because of its short half life and tachyphylaxis (need to take higher doses over time) Do not abruptly discontinue this medication as withdrawal can lead to seizures. Discuss with your psychiatrist the problem you are having with the medication wearing off. Consider seeing one if you are not currently (Dr Cady for example) ...Read more

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How can you get relief from anxiety disorders?

How can you get relief from anxiety disorders?

Good treatment: Anxiety disorders tend to respond well to treatment with medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. It's important to note that anxiety often leads people to avoid feared social situations. Avoidance often provides immediate relief but worsens anxiety over time. Start by talking to your physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist. Keep working at it to reduce anxiety. ...Read more

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Finished taking predisone yesterday morning and now having horrible anxiety all day and can't sleep, what can i take or do to relief the anxiety?

Call your doctor: This is an uncommon but not unknown side effect of prednisone. It will likely pass in a few days. In the meantime call the prescribing physician & let them know. You may be given medication to help with the symptoms, and your reaction should be documented in your medical records. ...Read more

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Is Paxil (paroxetine) an imediate relief for anxiety attacks and symptoms?

Is Paxil (paroxetine) an imediate relief for anxiety attacks and symptoms?

Not immediate: Though i often see decrease in anxiety before antidepressant effects, Paxil (paroxetine) and other antidepressants have long half lives and build up in your system over time. Prevention of panic attacks and decrease in baseline anxiety is the goal. Be patient. Paxil (paroxetine) is a very good anti anxiety medication. ...Read more

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Any tips to get relief from anxiety physical symptoms , with no panic attack.

Any tips to get relief from anxiety physical symptoms , with no panic attack.

Many options : Many options available: self-care activities include regular exercise, meditation, deep breathing methods, engagement in pleasurable activities. On the formal side of intervention possibly consider cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and related methods. These target thought and behavioral patterns associated with anxiety. For CBT I might recommend an initial evaluation with a psychologist. ...Read more

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Should 1 x 25mg Alprazolam (Xanax) be effective for temporary relief of anxiety? When I take one I don't notice any difference.

Should 1 x 25mg Alprazolam (Xanax) be effective for temporary relief of anxiety? When I take one I don't notice any difference.

Perhaps: 0.25mg tabs are often used as a starting dose. Talk with your doctor if it's ineffective and be wary of driving on any dose esp. before following up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any specific breathing exercises/techniques that provide immediate or fast relief from anxiety and associated muscle tension?

Are there any specific breathing exercises/techniques that provide immediate or fast relief from anxiety and associated muscle tension?

Any exercise: You can start with any type of vigorous exercise. Can you start it slowly and then ramp it up. This would be your best nonmedication way of treating anxiety. You could also ask your physician to get you consulting. ...Read more