Before you take medication for anxiety disorders there are a few things you should know.
Just because someone is anxious doesn’t mean they have developed a serious anxiety disorder.
Everybody gets anxious, especially under stressful or brand new situations. An anxiety disorder is a serious condition, one of a chronic and intense nature. The person affected by an anxiety disorder would not only be anxious but might even start to withdrawal socially or exhibit other suspicious symptoms, both physical and emotional.
The anxiety level caused by a disorder would cause a person to avoid the source of anxiety in desperation, even it affects their personal or professional life.
Medication is not the only solution to treat an anxiety disorder.
Psychotherapy is another option to consider besides traditional and alternative medicine. This form of treatment sees a patient talk to a psychologist, or some other licensed professional, and they work out the problem through progressive therapy.
The symptoms are dealt with by teaching coping strategies and the source of anxiety is identified and in some cases desensitized to the patient. Medication might be the only solution in some anxiety cases; however, in milder forms of anxiety therapy may be a better solution as it does not carry the risk of addiction or side effects as traditonal medication has.
Clearly communicate with your doctor and leave out no details.
Whether you decide to take medication, psychotherapy or a program of both, it is important to communicate your medical and psychiatric history to your doctor.
Tell the doctor if you have taken any previous medication, including over the counter pills or alternative herbal remedies. Tell the doctor if you have undergone any previous therapy sessions and what progress was made. You should also talk about any new drug’s potential side effects as well as how the drug affects brain chemistry.
Ask how the medication can be stopped or if it causes any serious withdrawal symptoms.
Some medications cannot be stopped without a gradual process. Some can be highly addictive in nature and could cause serious withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor for the details of the prescription’s addictive nature. Consider a hypothetical situation in which you had to stop taking the pills, perhaps a lack of funds or some other emergency. What is the worst that could happen?
Follow the doctor’s orders.
This should go without saying but often times patients are too anxious or too forgetful to follow the doctor’s orders. Not surprisingly, problems ensue when a patient takes too much medication or forgets to take the full amount according to schedule.
Some medications are only effective if they are taken regularly. Patients may be quick to say that a form of treatment isn’t working, but has enough time passed for the medication to take effect and is the correct dosage being followed as per doctor’s orders?
The only way any treatment will work is if the patient and doctor work together; and yes, this involves listening to the professional’s advice and following recommendations.
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