Hi. It’s Jenny at AnxietyBoss.com. Our question today comes to us from Jerry in San Diego. How do I know which anti-anxiety medication is best for me?
Anti-anxiety medications are not for everybody. It’s important to speak to your doctor before you decide to begin taking one. It’s also important to understand that these medications may come with side effects, as well as the chance of addiction.
There are many types of anxiety medications, ranging from the oldest method of benzodiazepines to newer methods like anti-depressants. Just like any medication, each of these have different results and side effects. Benzodiazepines, also known as tranquilizers, relieve anxiety by slowing down the central nervous system. These anti-anxiety medications are fast acting and can be used for almost immediate relief. These are very effective if you do not feel anxious regularly and you experience occasional panic attacks.
Anti-depressants are also effective in that sense. Although they were initially meant to relieve depression, anti-depressants have also been found to relieve anxiety symptoms as well. These types of medications regulate serotonin levels in the brain to elevate mood and treat general anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder. However, anti-depressants do take four to six weeks to begin relieving any anxiety at all, and they can only be taken on a regular schedule.
There is a review of various different anxiety medicines on AnxietyBoss.com, and you can also take an anxiety test to see if you can consider alternatives to taking anxiety medications. Of course, the medications are prescribed by a professional, so if they believe you need them, then follow their advice.