Coping With Anxiety
Tip: Change What You Can, Accept the Rest
Medication for Anxiety Disorders
Medication will not cure an anxiety disorder, but it will help keep it under
control. If anxiety becomes severe enough to require medication, there are a
Antidepressants, particularly the SSRIs, may be effective in treating many
types of anxiety disorders.
Other treatment includes benzodiazepines, such as Valium, Ativan, and Xanax
alone or in combination with SSRI medication. These drugs do carry a risk of
addiction so they are not as desirable for long-term use. Other possible side
effects include drowsiness, poor concentration, and irritability.
Beta-blockers can prevent the physical symptoms that accompany certain
anxiety disorders, particularly social phobia.