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What Can I Use For Anxiety
Many options exist: There are a great variety of treatment options for anxiety. In general, most people get better with either psychotherapy, anti-anxiety medications, or some combination of both. The approach is very specific to the patient. Some people have no desire to engage in psychotherapy, and choose a meds-only approach. Others are medication averse and choose the opposite. Up to you and your doc to decide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Exercise: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders. ...Read more
Many options.: There are many medications that can be helpful for anxiety. In the long term, medications such as lexapro, zoloft, paxil, (paroxetine) and Prozac are possible options. Medications such as xanax, valium, and Ativan can be helpful in the short term but the body can build up tolerance over time, requiring increased doses. ...Read more
Mindfulness or CBT: There are a variety of therapies and techniques that can help manage or alleviate anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) links thoughts, feelings, and actions such that you regain a sense of control of your anxiety. Mindfulness techniques and mindfulness based therapies also help. Techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery or meditation help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Use to be social guy. Now anti social and lots of work. Leads to anxiety. Psych gave meds. Not into meds for psych issues. Other solutions to improve?
Not meds alone: Medications alone will not solve this problem, yet your psychiatrist may have been trying to ease your way into working on this. You can also benefit from talk therapy with a psychologist/other psychotherapist to explore & deal with your anxieties and other possible issues. Working with such a therapist will allow you to develop specific ways of improving your situation. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In the short term...: Lorazepam is from a family of drugs called Benzodiazepines. These can be very effective at taking away the unpleasant feeling of anxiety but do not address underlying causes. They can lead to addiction problems so most GPs will only prescribe them for short term use, if at all. Review with your GP, perhaps another medication is required, or check out https://depression.org.nz/get-better/ ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Talk to your doc: Anxiety is treated with medications, cognitive-behavioral therapy, exercise, mindfulness (yoga, meditation) and some homeopathic tx. Take a few minutes and write down your worries and what you can do to affect them. Fill out a standardized anxiety checklist like the beck anxiety inventory. Bring these to your primary doc, talk about tx options. Homeopathic isn't always safer, your doc can help. ...Read more
Benzo = Short-term: All antidepressants, but particularly the ssris may be better for long term use since the older anti-anxiety drugs (benzodiazepines, such as valium, Ativan and xanax (alprazolam) carry a risk of addiction or tolerance, thus not being as desirable. All have possible side effects, and i strongly recommend cbt therapy to learn skills to reduce or avoid drug tx. Good luck. ...Read more
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