Anxiety disorders can take over your life, and it can happen so fast that you don’t even realize what is occurring. Before you know it, you literally cannot function. Getting out of the bed becomes overwhelming, and once you do manage to get out of bed, simply having your spouse ask you what you would like for breakfast could reduce you to tears and trembling – the decision is just too much for you. Forget about deciding what to wear and getting to work – you couldn’t possibly even fathom the thought of leaving your house.
It sounds extreme, and it is, but those who suffer from true anxiety disorders experience these types of feelings very often, and when the anxiety disorder is interfering in your life to this extreme, it is time for medication. Of course, there are alternatives, but those alternatives must be explored and used to control your anxiety before it reaches this extreme. Again, at this level of anxiety, medication is appropriate, and you will need to see your doctor.
First understand that medication that is used to control anxiety is in no way a cure for an anxiety disorder. There is no cure. This medication will only control how you react to stressful situations, and will also help you relax to the point where you don’t always see the dark side of everything. It is also important to understand that in most cases, medication must be used in conjunction with therapy, as you cannot use these medications daily for the rest of your life. You must learn better ways of dealing with your anxiety.
The medications used to control anxiety are called benzodiazepines. Medications that fall into this drug class help to keep you calm and relaxed. You are fully aware of everything going on, you are able to function, use reasoning, and make sense, but you just aren’t as affected by the things going on around you. These drugs essentially ease tension and work as muscle relaxers. The common brand names for benzodiazepines include Valium, Ativan, Librium, and Xanax.
Your doctor may also feel that you need anti-depressants, such as Paxil. Recent research has found that antidepressants are effective in the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and they are commonly being used in conjunction with benzodiazepines.
Again, it is important that you understand that these medications are really intended for short term usage, and are not to be considered as a solution for a long term problem. Make sure that you get counseling, or learn other non-medicated techniques that will help you to deal with your anxiety disorder, without medication.