Anxiety is a condition, both physical and psychological, characterized by persistent fear, worry, and troubled thoughts. Anxiety ranges from simple stress that nearly everyone deals with from time to time, to serious, debilitating anxiety disorders, with a wide range of conditions in between.
In the United States, prescription medications are frequently prescribed to treat anxiety. Unfortunately, a large number of these medications have serious side-effects, and some, such as the widely used (and I would say overused) benzodiazepine class of medications, can cause serious tolerance, addiction, and withdrawal symptoms. SSRI’s, antidepressant medications typically used to treat depression, are also used to treat anxiety, in large part because anxiety and depression are often comorbid conditions (conditions occurring together and feeding into Get Xanax Online each other).
No evidence of long-term benefits to prescription anti-anxiety medications:
Anti-anxiety medications are called anxiolytics. Rather than delving into depth about the specific side-effects Buy Xanax Online of anxiolytics, I want to draw attention to some key features of this class of medications: they do not address the root causes of anxiety, and thus they are not effective in the long-run. What this means is that, while many of these medications can produce dramatic effects in the short-term, in terms of reducing anxiety, the anxiety comes back full force as soon as the medications are discontinued. Many of these medications, such as the benzodiazepines (of which Xanax is one of the most popular) can cause tolerance effects, which can lead to dependency (addiction), and withdrawal effects (including increased anxiety) when they are discontinued.
Research on other medications to treat anxiety, such as SSRI’s and other anti-depressants, has produced similar results: while some studies show effects while the medications are being taken, there is no solid evidence that they provide any sustained long-term benefit after the medication is discontinued. Although these other meds may be safer for long-term use, they do not provide a sustainable solution by addressing the root cause of the anxiety.