Anxiety medications

We’ve all dealt with anxiety at some point in our lives. For some of us, we deal with it on a daily basis, while for others it comes to haunt us at the worst times. Although anxiety is really just the price we pay for investing our emotions into our daily pursuits, there are some cases when anxiety not only affects people’s lives, but can destroy them. If you don’t find a healthy way to deal with your anxiety, you might wind up drinking too much, eating too much, or doing something worse. The first step in dealing with anxiety is realizing that your coping mechanisms must be healthy otherwise you further your negative plight.

One of my favorite anxiety medications is not a pill, but exercise. Exercise, whether it be going to the gym, going for a run, or doing yoga, has changed my life for the better. It is amazing how much better you feel after the endorphins rush through your body and your blood starts pumping rich, oxygenated blood into your muscles and organs. It sounds technical, but the truth is that exercise is one of the best ways to deal with anxiety. Other than that, you might try meditation or some quiet time alone.

If your anxiety is so severe that even exercise or meditation does not work, then you probably need to see a doctor to get help. Although there are some great over the counter anxiety medications, the best thing to do in this situation is see a professional.

4 of the most popular prescription anxiety medications are Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, and Ativan. Most of them work very quickly and can help you tackle your anxiety problems. However, like any prescription medication they also have their side effects. Since most of these medications work by reducing brain activity, they can make you feel tired, both mentally and physically. You can also suffer from foggy memory and reduce mental acuity. If you are working in a position where you need your brain power, then these anxiety medications might not be ideal for your situation.

In some extreme cases, you might go from anxious to manic and suffer from bouts of depression mixed with bouts of hyperactivity. This is a problem with many classes of psychological drugs, but usually once they have been used for a while the side effects subside. Still, if you are concerned about side effects then I would ask your doctor about possible alternatives.

On the positive side, anxiety medications can change your life for the better in more ways than one. Not only will you be able to conquer your anxiety, but you’ll spend less time worrying and more time doing. This will make you more productive and help you overcome any hurdles in your life brought on by anxiety. I strongly suggest that you still find healthy ways to cope with your anxiety, aside from prescription medications, so that you can eventually tackle anxiety without the need for drugs.

I realize that anxiety can be a back breaker. Many people don’t understand why you worry or panic, they just know that you do. To those on the outside, it may seem like you are out of control, but you know better. Dealing with anxiety seems like a solo effort, but it doesn’t have to be. There is always help available in the form of anxiety medications or by seeing someone to talk about it. Don’t struggle with anxiety on your own, because you owe it to yourself to reach your true potential without having to worry all the time. There is a better way to live.

Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2009 and filed under Drugs and Medications, Mental Health. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

3 Responses for “Anxiety medications”

  1. Daniel says:

    I like your article. In my opinion we all suffer from bouts of anxiety from time to time and at different intensity levels. I also agree with what you said about exercise and find it to be a great way of reducing such a condition. Seems to me also that anxiety is increased when one is to in the head so to speak. I have found meditation is also a great way to calm body and mind and which will usually result in feeling clearer, calmer and a little less stressed. My thoughts on the matter anyways.

    • Krystal says:

      What kind of medication did you find helpful Daniel? I am sick of side effects and find I get anxious about taking any medication for my darned anxiety! Maybe I need to try some herbal remedies or something. My anxiety is ruining my life. Now it is insomnia and depression as well I suspect. Its so tiring and despressing to have to battle these moments and sometimes hours of instense terror for no reason.

      • Bret says:

        Krystal-I was curoius what side effects you have had. I have an insomnia/anxiety combo going on. Taking just some sleep meds for the time, but have a feeling that I need to address the obsession I have with getting to sleep. Fill me on our your story.

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