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What exactly is paradoxical anxiety?

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Samyukta Mullangi
Dermatology
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In brief: Arises inversely

Paradoxical anxiety is anxiety arising from use of methods or techniques which are normally used to reduce anxiety, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation, medications etc.
The most common case would be when taking benzodiazipine medicines such as klonipen which should lull one to sleep but instead causes insomnia or agitation.

In brief: Arises inversely

Paradoxical anxiety is anxiety arising from use of methods or techniques which are normally used to reduce anxiety, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation, medications etc.
The most common case would be when taking benzodiazipine medicines such as klonipen which should lull one to sleep but instead causes insomnia or agitation.
Samyukta Mullangi
Samyukta Mullangi
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Opposite reaction

Paradoxical anxiety usually is referred to as the anxiety one experiences as a side effect of a medication whose purpose is to reduce anxiety.

In brief: Opposite reaction

Paradoxical anxiety usually is referred to as the anxiety one experiences as a side effect of a medication whose purpose is to reduce anxiety.
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