In this video, I go over the three primary classes of prescription medications for anxiety, including benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and beta blockers. I describe how they work, who they're for, and what potential side effects they have.
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Hello... I was watching because I struggle with debilitating anxiety and panic attacks. I have tried the meds you’ve discussed here but I was hoping to hear if there’s anything new for anxiety or anything that’s being used off label for anxiety? I was wondering if anyone had tried CBD oil or buspar? Thank you for your videos! Subscribed 😃❤️
I'm glad you liked the video and subscribed! There are definitely other types of prescriptions that are sometimes prescribed to people with anxiety, but unfortunately I'm actually not particularly familiar with them, so I wouldn't be able to make any recommendations or give info as to which medication does what - as far as non-prescriptions, I have another video on supplements for anxiety, so you could consider using some supplements to help (though they are admittedly not as strong as prescriptions). You might also consider simply looking online for articles dealing with your particular form of anxiety (whether it's panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, a phobia, etc.). In all honesty, searching online for answers helped me greatly! Search things like "cognitive therapy for [insert type of anxiety]," "behavioral therapy for [x]," "how to beat [x]," "strategies for dealing with [x]," etc. All and all, I hope you are able to find comfort and peace in your life, and I wish you the best.
Thanks for your comment! :)
why are people relying on these medications they are so toxic so many side effects not worth it at all all anxiety depression medication are addictive and you will never be able to get off it not worth it at all cbt therapy is alot better and more effective
Aaron, I thought the same thing for many many years. I was super against medications and wanted to thoroughly believe that getting therapy and not taking medications would help me. And I held onto this belief for 6 years. And my mental health is the worst it has ever been in my life. Therapy has shown me how to basically rewire my brain and teach me how to live with my mental health but it hasn’t taught me how to produce the chemicals my brain needs.
So Monday, I’m going to go to my doctor and get an anti anxiety script. I cannot function in life having crippling anxiety. I isolate, have extremely irrational fears of being killed, raped, and kidnapped, etc. I have no motivation to get out of bed. I work and then go to bed. Repeat. I have no quality of life being this empty and numb. I don’t like cuddling. Being touched. Talking to people. It’s miserable and I just want my life back.
That's not true at all. Antidepressants aren't addictive and are definitely not super difficult to taper off of, given you do it right. CBT is great but it doesn't work without medication for some people and can be slower to take effect. CBT should always be a first line treatment, but there's nothing wrong with using antidepressants as next lines of treatment, especially if the alternative is using benzodiazepines which are significantly more harmful and which are actually addictive.
Some rely on a medication so that they can live their lives. If you don't suffer from a major anxiety problem you wouldn't understand. It's hell living that way. I suffer from disorders terribly and try to live without meds. I'm a mess.
Hello, I started taking Hydroxazine Pam, 50 mg. today. I’m taking it for anxiety, not sleeping well. I hope it helps, but I want know for awhile. My first dose is Deffinately making me feel tired, which sleep is something I haven’t been able to do much lately. So I will give it a try for now, and come back to tell you if it has helped , and how. It works for anxiety in some people, but I we see if it does for me, and come back to tell you on site. Talk soon. ( Kay )
Oh, interesting - I actually wasn't aware of Hydroxazine as being helpful for treating anxiety, but now that I've spent about 10 minutes looking it up online, I can see why it would be helpful for anxiety (ESPECIALLY if you aren't sleeping well). I'm interested and hopeful to see how well it works for you! :)
Antidepressants are medications that can help relieve symptoms of depression, social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders, seasonal affective disorder, and dysthymia, or mild chronic depression, as well as other conditions.
They aim to correct chemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain that are believed to be responsible for changes in mood and behavior.
Depression Medications (Antidepressants)
These are the most commonly prescribed type of antidepressant.
Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are used to treat major depression, mood disorders, and possibly but less commonly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, menopausal symptoms, fibromyalgia, and chronic neuropathic pain.
SNRIs raise levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters in the brain that play a key role in stabilizing mood.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They are effective in treating depression, and they have fewer side effects than the other antidepressants.
SSRIs block the reuptake, or absorption, of serotonin in the brain. This makes it easier for the brain cells to receive and send messages, resulting in better and more stable moods.
They are called "selective" because they mainly seem to affect serotonin, and not the other neurotransmitters.