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The Best Anxiety Medications

Nail biting, cracking knuckles and sweaty palms. Does any of these actions sound familiar to you? They would be familiar to anyone who had suffered a bout of anxiety at any given time in their lives. Anxiety is so prevalent in our society that it affects over 40 million people in the United States alone. That means 18% of the US population is suffering from anxiety at any given year. Anxiety disorders cost approximately $42 billion a year in the USA. It is almost one-third of the country’s $148 billion total mental health bill per year. This is how big a problem that anxiety has become in the US society.

St. John's WartAnxiety is harmful, deteriorative, dangerous and destructive. It has a negative impact on you as an individual. Your social life and family life can be affected negatively when you suffer from anxiety. Your self esteem, self confidence and positive outlook of life can be seriously affected with anxiety. It is vital to get to know the symptoms and causes of anxiety before we embark on an effective treatment plan for anxiety.

Anxiety can strike you at any point of time in your life, and the most common symptoms are listed below.

. Sweaty palms
. Worrying
. Nausea
. Tense muscles
. Nail biting
. Nervousness
. Cracking knuckles
. Stomach problems
. Numbness
. Vomiting
. Diarrhea
. Restlessness

The causes of anxiety may differ according to each individual and each situation. The origins of anxiety predominantly lies in stress. A little amount of stress is natural and essential to maintain a healthy mentality. But too much of stress is bad for a person, and it could lead to anxiety and panic disorders. People are habituated to gather too much of stress into their system by thinking too much. Most of these thoughts are negative and will eventually instigate worry in these people’s minds. This is one cause of anxiety and panic disorders. Not being able to control the self-talk, which is mostly negative, is another reason for anxiety. There could be genetic and environmental causes too, in developing anxiety and panic attacks. Anxiety should be treated immediately, or else, it could lead to more serious mental diseases and issues.

There are many medications to cure anxiety and panic attacks. Antidepressant (Paxil, Celexa, Zoloft) and anti-anxiety (Xanax, Valium) medications could be administered initially to curb the nerves and soothe them. Antidepressants need to be taken on a regular basis for some time until you are able to relax your nerves. It takes time for these drugs to be effective on the symptoms of anxiety. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are also a group of drugs (Prozac, Lexapro) that are effective in treating anxiety. SSRI’s act faster than antidepressants and would help to curb the symptoms of anxiety. These drugs would act in a very little time as 30 minutes to an hour of taking them. However medication alone will not help in curing anxiety for good. They will only help to curb the symptoms of anxiety temporarily. The best anxiety medication is a combination of antidepressants and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

CBT is a psychotherapeutic approach which addresses dysfunctional emotions and thoughts that could result in maladaptive behaviors and cognitive processes. The underlying concept behind CBT is that our emotions and thoughts play an important role in out outward behavior. For example, if a person spends a lot of time thinking and worrying unnecessarily about motor accidents, he or she may inevitably avoid driving a vehicle. The goal of cognitive behavioral therapy is to teach the patient that while he or she may not be able to control every event of the world around them, they can definitely take control on how they interpret and deal with certain things in their environment.

Cognitive behavioral therapy has become immensely popular among patients and professionals in the mental health field. The reason being that CBT is a short term treatment method, and it is more affordable than many other treatment methods in the field. CBT has also helped many patients to get rid of anxiety and panic attacks for good. It helped these patients to modify their maladaptive behavior to more acceptable patterns. All in all, CBT combined with antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications are the best anxiety medications available right now.