Generalized Anxiety Disorder vs. Stressful Situation

Anti-Anxiety Medications

In simple terms, this category of medications helps promote calming and soothing.  They enhance a particular chemical in the brain that helps inhibit excitability.  These benzodiazepine anti-anxiety medications are effective at lessening anxiety, regardless of the cause.

This effect is very helpful with generalized anxiety which can come on quite suddenly and without apparent cause.  The issue here is these medications also work very well at decreasing anxiety felt under normal stress of daily life, stress that we know what the cause is from. 

Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish the difference between acute general anxieties from the stress brought on by normal life.  Here, it is important that your doctor take the time to help you distinguish the difference between the two so that you don't end up taking this type of anti-anxiety medication to help relax everyday stressful situations.

Benzodiazepine medications do not cure generalized anxiety; however, when prescribed appropriately they have a place at helping relieve the symptoms of generalized anxiety.  When this category of medications is used to help relax everyday stressful situations, your body may become dependent upon the medication which may lead to addictive behavior.

If this is confusing, join the crowd.  Many people have difficulty separating generalized anxiety disorder from the stress of daily life.  Please, if you use one of these medications, talk about this with your doctor or pharmacist.  If you would like more information on any of the medications in this class, please register to become a member of AudibleRx, then have full access to all of the Medication Specific Counseling Sessions. 

Alprazolam (Xanax-TM), Clonazepam(Klonopin-TM), Diazepam (Valium-TM), Lorazepam (Ativan-TM)

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Steve
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