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Talking To Your Doctor About Anxiety Medication

Talking To Your Doctor About Anxiety Medication

Anxiety can be overwhelming, impacting us in every way imaginable – physically, emotionally, cognitively, and socially. It can range from mild to debilitating, and no matter to what degree we experience anxiety, it affects the quality of our lives. Happily, there are many things that can be done to treat anxiety. One way is through anxiety medication (but medication is not for everyone). There are so many different types of anxiety medication available; though, just contemplating whether or not to try antianxiety medication can itself be anxiety-provoking (list of anxiety medications). It’s an individual decision that can only be made with a doctor. Here are some important things to consider as you talk to your doctor about anxiety medication.

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The One About Anxiety Medications and Side Effects

The One About Anxiety Medications and Side Effects

Over the past few months, I have been experiencing more anxiety and panic attacks than I have been used to. Many people take anxiety medication to control anxiety and I am no exception. Before I was medicated, the anxiety was unbearable and uncontrollable. Many years ago, I worked with my doctor to gain as much control over anxiety as possible.

Prescribing medicine, whether for physical or mental illness, is not an exact science. The medicine that provides relief for one person may not provide relief for another. Even when two people are on the same medication, they may be on different doses or need to take them at different times of the day.

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My Relationship With Acute Anxiety Medication

My Relationship With Acute Anxiety Medication

When I am having a panic attack, I have a medication I take to help me calm down. I carry these prescribed pills with me and keep a supply in my house and car. I only take this medication when I am positive a panic attack is occurring. It is an acute treatment, not a daily regimen. As you’d expect, the panic and anxiety medication has side effects.

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Sorting Out Anxiety Treatment Options: Medication

Sorting Out Anxiety Treatment Options: Medication

Knowing the types of anxiety treatment options as well as the pros and cons can help in your treatment decision. Medication is one anxiety treatment option.

As if anxiety itself weren’t bad enough on its own, it presents new challenges and frustrations when we decide to face it and get rid of it once and for all. Probably because anxiety disorders are so prevalent (together, they are the most common of all mental illnesses), there’s a plethora of proposed ways to treat anxiety. Trying to decide what is best for you is itself anxiety-provoking.

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Big Pharma Propagates Mental Health Stigma

Big Pharma Propagates Mental Health Stigma

Big pharma propagates mental health stigma by convincing us we 'need' medication to cope with mental illness. What do we really need instead? Read this.

It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week. It’s been going on since 1990 (22 years ago). HealthyPlace’s Facebook question of the day on Monday was “Do you think we’ve made progress in the acceptance of mental illness since [1990]?” In some ways, yes. Yet in many ways, I think big pharma caused the stigma of mental illness to get worse instead of better.

Even though more and more people are diagnosed with mental illness every year, there are still so many misunderstandings about it. These misunderstandings leave many people feeling more different, alone, and self judgmental than ever.

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Medicine for Anxiety

Medicine for Anxiety

Are You Deciding Whether to Use Medication for Anxiety?

Today, we are joining the American Psychological Association Mental Health Blog Party, trying to decrease stigma and bring public awareness to mental health issues. Anxiety medication and deciding whether to medicate your anxiety are important issues!

Many people ask my recommendation when deciding to use drugs to manage their or their children’s anxiety symptoms. I cannot give a recommendation since I am not an MD but I do have an opinion!

The best way to make this decision is to weigh the risks and benefits of taking the medication. And to do this, you’ll need to gather some basic information.

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