Anxiety About Psychiatric Medication Side Effects
Monday, November 6 2017 Cheryl Slavin
I continually struggle with my anxiety concerning side effects from psychiatric medications. These side effects include insomnia, lack of appetite, increased appetite, chronic constipation, dizziness, tremor, lack of energy, and weight gain. I know I sound like the spiel they give on commercials for the side effects of psychiatric medications. But unfortunately, side effects can impact my anxiety in a variety of ways because I take medication for my chronic psychiatric conditions.
Side Effects from Psychiatric Medications May Cause Anxiety
My anxiety is influenced by these side effects from psychiatric medications in a variety of ways. Though some certainly alleviated my anxiety, such as Lorazepam (Ativan), they also caused anxiety. With that particular medication, I feared I would gain a chemical dependence on the drug, though it was great at alleviating my anxiety. It became a bit of a double-edged sword, and eventually, I stopped taking it in favor of another anti-anxiety drug.
Weigh Pros and Cons About Side Effects of Psychiatric Medications
The way I cope with anxiety from side effects of psychiatric medications is by considering the positive and negative sides of taking these medications. Below, I discuss my anxieties regarding one of the more unpleasant side effects of my psychiatric medications. I also discuss why I continue to take psychiatric medications despite side effects and the anxiety they cause.