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Anxiety About Psychiatric Medication Side Effects

I battle with side effects of psychiatric medications on a daily basis. But I won't stop taking my psychiatric medications. Watch this video to see why.
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.

Author: Cheryl Slavin

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1 thought on “Anxiety About Psychiatric Medication Side Effects”

  1. I hear you on anxiety regarding side-effects of psychiatric medications. I’ve been on the same medications for several months, and they helped for awhile. But for the last month or so, my anxiety and depression have been getting really bad. So I am hoping to change medications after my next doctor appointment. While I am hopeful that a change will work, I am nervous about the side-effects. One concern is the weight gain, but another big concern of mine is how it will affect my work performance.

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