Do You Take Medication for Anxiety?

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Do You Take Medication for Anxiety?

by Valerie on November 22, 2010

I have a long history (over 20 years) of taking benzodiazepines to help me with the symptoms of my panic disorder. Anxiety affects over one in seven Americans, and the numbers keep rising.

The medication I take is called Klonopin (clonazepam is the generic name) and one of the potential risks of abruptly discontinuing this med is seizures. Now of course I take my medication religiously, but several years ago I started to wonder: what would happen if I became incapacitated?

What if I were in a car or traffic accident and loss consciousness? What if I somehow sustained a head injury and wasn’t able to take my nightly dose of medication?

Since I’ve worked as a nurse in an Intensive Care Unit, I’ve seen this very thing happen with patients and their medications. I decided I didn’t ever want to put myself at risk for a seizure by leaving something this important to chance, and that’s why I decided to get a medic alert charm. I wear it on a long chain around my neck, so it is discreet. More importantly, it lists my medication and doseage and my doctor’s phone number.

This gives me peace of mind. And with anxiety and panic attacks, I’ll take all the peace of mind I can get. ;-)

I like to pack a one- two punch when it comes to fighting my panic disorder. I take my medication as prescribed to manage symptoms, but this is not the only thing I do. I work and anxiety treatment program to help me diffuse my panic attacks and help keep me correct a lot of the faulty thinking that comes with being an anxious person.

Little by little, I am learning to expose myself to panic attack inducing situations or triggers and make it to the other side- maybe a little wobbly from adrenaline, but ok for the most part.

Panic disorder is not something I like having, but by taking steps to deal with it, I am living a full and productive life. Taking my medication exactly as prescribed and working my anxiety treatment program every day are 2 ways I cope.

I encourage anyone who takes anxiety medications that cannot be discontinued abruptly (like Klonopin) to get a medical alert charm or bracelet, and to find behavioral treatment or therapy that works and stick with it until you get the results you want.

Jill Green is a nurse and recovering anxious person who writes an anxiety self help blog. To learn more about the anxiety treatment program she uses every day, read her Panic Away review.

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Corey Ham November 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I had an experience with a friend in Atlanta who cling to painkillers like hydrocodone, vicodin which are medicines for chronic pain and as Findrxonline are used or prescribed in diseases such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cancer, fibromyalgia, being severe pain and these narcotic analgesics because opioids are the most effective, but should not be used without a prescription and without medical supervision because they are dangerous side effects and because of that experience I can tell you is hard to tell cope with anxiety.

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