Oct 11, 2022
Deciding on taking medication is a choice and a
If you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition or
disorder, you probably have been told that one of the treatment
options is medication.
As I mentioned in ARP 169, It is ok to decide if medication is
right for you.
It is equally ok that you don't want to take medications.
First step is to get a through checkup to make sure it isn’t a
physical health problem. Many anxiety symptoms are similar to a
Anxiety medications can help reduce your symptoms, but it's
not a cure.
Your symptoms are telling you that there is a
problem. Your challenge is to figure out the underlying
In the meantime, your next step is to learn about the types of
medication for anxiety:
Short term medication can help you with embarrassing or
symptoms that are affecting your work or personal life. They are in
and out of the body quickly. It is sedative opioid level
Long term non-opioid medication takes a while to build up in
your system, but once there it keeps you mellow for as long as you
keep taking the medication. And you have to keep on taking the
Both types of meds have side effects and drawbacks.
Check out the resources below to get a dusting about medication
If you need support contact
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the
Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to
U.S. National Institute of Mental Health page on Mental Health Medications
is an overview and then a listing of the various types of
Anxiety and Depression Association of America page on Treatment Help
. Talks about treatment, types of
mental health professionals and patient's rights.
Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and
do not constitute endorsements.
Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with
questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health
This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational
purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a
substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical
advice, diagnosis, or treatment.