Last updated on October 20th, 2022 at 07:57 am
Get relief from anxiety or treat anxiety without medication as much as possible with natural remedies. Seek medical help before following any natural remedies to treat anxiety. If the natural remedies don’t work, then you may need to meet the doctor.
If natural remedies don’t work as well as you would like, discuss with your doctor or mental health practitioner. There are additional treatment options for you. Some of them are therapy and medication.
Anxiety Treatment Therapy
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There are many types of therapy to help with anxiety with proven, clinical studies to back up their claims of efficacy. Some types of therapy recommended for anxiety include:
- You may be referred to a specialist by your family doctor or you may find a therapist in your area by searching via your insurance agent, word of mouth, or online search.
- You can also seek help via support groups, many of which are run by or affiliated with therapy practices. There are also support groups by condition or identity, such as PTSD support groups for veterans.
Medication to Treat Anxiety
Common prescription medication for anxiety fall into several categories including:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Paxil (paroxetine), Lexapro (escitalopram), or Celexa (citalopram).
- Selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) like Effexor (venlafaxine) and Pristiq (desvenlafaxine)
- Tricyclic antidepressants like Tofranil (imipramine), and Vivactil (protriptyline)
- Beta-blockers such as Inderal (propranolol),
- Benzodiazepines such as Xanax (alprazolam), Librium (chlordiazepoxide), Valium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam), and Klonopin (clonazepam).Anti-anxiety medication such as Buspar (buspirone)
- Anti-seizure medication in small doses such as lyrica (pregabalin) and neurontin (gabapentin)
Note: The drugs and medications mentioned above are not be taken without doctors’ consent and consultation.
Many of these medications are not recommended for women wanting to be pregnant, pregnant women, people with certain health conditions, children, or teens. The medicine can be harmful to a fetus or may interact with other medications you are currently taking.
The art of psychiatry is finding the best balance of medications for each unique individual while minimizing the side-effects. You may need to work with your doctor or therapist to find the right medication, right dose, or perfect combination of medications for you.
When to see a doctor to treat anxiety symptoms?
While life always has a certain stress, if you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or unhappy consistently, it’s time to seek help. A medical evaluation for anxiety should be sought when it is severe enough to interfere with normal daily function at work, at school, or in relationships.
While anxiety is a possibility when you’re feeling stressed, some other conditions might have similar physical symptoms and need different treatment. Some conditions that mimic the symptoms of anxiety include:
- Thyroid disorders
- Diabetes or low blood sugar
- Cardiac conditions such as high blood pressure, palpitations, or heart disease
- Autoimmune conditions
- Dementia like Alzheimer’s
- Depression or other psychiatric conditions
Your family doctor or mental health practitioner can help determine what’s behind your anxious feelings.
No matter what the cause of your anxiety, you deserve the right help. If you have thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please seek help immediately. Go to your nearest hospital or call the national or community help line. Anxiety is not rare and can treat with either by medication or by natural therapies. The drugs and medications mentioned above are not be taken without doctors’ consent and consultation. This article was originally published in SingleCare
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