Medication for anxiety
- Jennifer Baxt NCC, DCC
Some medications that are given to people who are suffering from anxiety are from the family of medication called benzodiazepines, though they are sometimes prescribed to help people who have difficulty getting to sleep, to help control seizures and to help patients who are working to become less dependent on alcohol. The purpose of this medication is to calm a person enough so that they can relax. What happens is that the benzodiazepine medication reduces the activity in some parts of the brain, and this is what causes a person to calm down and relax. There are more than fifty different kinds of medications that are from the benzodiazepine family, many of them used for treating different problems. Though, they are often used in helping many people who are suffering from anxiety.
As is true with just about any medication, this type of medication can have different affects on people, depending on how long the person has taken it, what they are being treated for, how serious their anxiety is and if they are taking any other medications with it. These medications are supposed relieve anxiety and make a person feel calmer and relaxed. This is why it can be so effective in helping a person be able to find sleep, though it can make a person feel extremely drowsy and clumsy if they are taking higher dosages. Some side effects of benzodiazepine include disorientation, some amnesia, dizziness, confusion, depression, and even hallucinations in more severe cases, though it is rare. Patients taking these drugs must also be aware of some dangers of taking the drug because of how the medication can affect a person, which is common with many other medications. For example, it is suggested that a person not drive when taking the medication because of how the medication can make the patient feel drowsy. Some people might also be more affected by smaller dosages and find it difficult to perform properly at work or school. In a case like this, or if a patient is having any other negative reaction to the medication, the patient should consult their therapist immediately. The therapist could then alter the medication the patient is taking to something that is better suited to them.
For more information, or if someone has any questions regarding the use of benzodiazepine medication, they can easily consult an online therapist who would be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns. To find an online therapist, a person only has to do a quick search on a search engine and then message the therapist they find through e-mail. It is far more convenient and more people have chosen to do this because it saves them having to wait on the phone, or having to constantly check their answering machine for a call back time. Through e-mail, an individual only has to write out all their questions, send away and wait for their answers. The online counselor will then e-mail back the answers when they can.