Anxiety Technique: Medication

I used to hate putting stuff in my body. I used to have anxiety taking anxiety medication. When I was in grade 11, I went on an daily antidepressant/anxiety medication. I hated it. I would go on and off it. Forget to take it for days or even weeks. I hated taking it daily. It was just horrible. I used to be 100% against medication. That was just me. I can’t really explain it.

So if you don’t want to go on daily anxiety medication, me, out of all people would understand that.

An alternative might be to go on “as needed” anxiety medication. It needs to be prescribed by doctors. I always have Ativan in my purse and most of the time, I take it when I have a big anxiety attack. I consider it to be a safety precaution for me if things get really bad.

I highly recommend getting some, even if you never use it or never want to use it. It’s nice to have just in case.

Other Advantages

“Research on the treatment of anxiety-based problems has consistently found that medication treatments reduce their severity, in some cases eliminating the problem completely.”

“Medications are relatively easy to get” from a doctor, physician, or a psychiatrist.

“Medications work relatively quickly…typically work within minutes or hours”

“Taking medications does not require much effort.”

(Antony & Norton, 2008).

Myths

“Having to take medications for anxiety means that I am weak.”

Truth “Taking medications for anxiety is no more a sign of weakness than taking medications for high blood pressure or heart disease is weak.” Also antidepressants (which are sometimes used to treat anxiety) are one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the US (Antony & Norton, 2008).

“I will become addicted”

Truth: “Most people do succeed in going off them, especially if they reduce the dosage gradually under medical supervision.” Also, these types of medications are not considered to be an addictive drug because the body doesn’t feel the need to keep increasing the dose and can stop at any time (Antony & Norton, 2008).

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING ANY MEDICATIONS. NEVER BORROW FROM ANYONE ELSE.

Speak to your doctor to start the process and figure out what medication will work for you.

References

Antony, M., & Norton, P. (2008). The Anti-Anxiety Workbook: The Anti-Anxiety Workbook: Proven Strategies to Overcome Worry, Phobias, Panic, and Obsessions. New York, NY: Guilford Publications.

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