Anxiety Disorders Basics
Anxiety Treatment
Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Anxiety Types & Related Disorders
Anxiety Drugs
Phobias
Acupuncture
Anxiety Diagnosis
Anxiety Pills
Anxiety Self Help
How to Cope Up with Anxiety?
Dealing with Anxiety Attacks
Herbal Remedies For Anxiety Disorders
Mental Relaxation
Relaxation Techniques
Social Anxiety Medication
Dealing with Stress


Anxiety Treatment

Introduction

There are several types of anxiety disorders. There are basically two types of treatment available for anxiety disorder. One is medication. Here specific doses of medicines cure the disorder. For every disorder there is a designated pill or medication and it ensures that either the anxiety attack is suppressed or it may never happen.

Now the other type of cure for anxiety disorder is non-medication treatments. Here no medicine is given to the patient. The patient has to go through various psychotherapeutic therapies. Here also every anxiety disorder has a specific therapy course but the best of all is the combination of both the treatments. Research has shown that it yields the best result among both the kinds.

Effective Medication

There are a lot of medication treatments which are available for the various anxiety disorders. But it is important to realize that if one medicine has not worked then there are other options also. So it is important that one should not give up hope. Instead should try different courses of action until the best suitable course is found.

Benzodiazepines - These agents are among the best known medications for treating anxiety. Although all benzodiazepines are know to relieve anxiety symptoms some have FDA approval for anxiety treatment while others are approved for use as sleeping agents (sedative-hypnotics) while others are used for both purposes. There are short acting, intermediate and long acting medications in this class. The length of action of the medication is determined by how fast the body breaks down (metabolizes) the active part of the medication and eliminates it from the body. Side effects -drowsiness, fatigue, confusion and disorientation, dizziness, decreased concentration, decrease memory, dry mouth and blurred vision.

Antihistamine - Hydroxyzine (Atarax) is an antihistamine which has anti-anxiety properties. It is indicated for use in anxiety and tension in preparation for dental procedures and acute emotional problems. It is also used in managing anxiety associated with organic disturbances and as add on therapy in alcoholism and allergic conditions such as chronic itching and contact allergies. People with allergic conditions with a strong anxious or emotional component such as asthma might also benefit from hydroxyzine as a medication choice. Side effects drowsiness, dry mouth, and headache.

Azapirone –Buspirone (Buspar) it is not related to the benzodiazepines. It is really helpful in dealing with anxiety. Those patients who have a history of substance or alcohol abuse, this class of drugs is really helpful. It is also useful for patients for whom it is important that there should be no side effects which might cause sedation or psychomotor impatient.

Antidepressants – for anxiety disorders various antidepressants are used. Some times patients resist these treatments saying they are not depressed. Although the case is that, the neurotransmitters, and the areas of brain which are involved in anxiety and depression have considerable overlap and interaction with each other.

Beta-blockers – patients suffering from heart and blood pressure problems are treated using these medications. But sometimes they have been used in the case of social phobia, where one has to give a presentation. It reduces a pounding heart rate, shaking hands and other physiological symptoms.

Other treatments like doing meditation as well as Yoga apart from the medication treatment are also there for this Anxiety treatment.


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