Medications Prescribed for Anxiety
This is a common anxiety and depression medication that can also be used to treat mental health conditions. SSRIs work by increasing the levels of serotonin — the body’s feel-good chemical — in the brain.
By blocking the absorption of serotonin into the neurons, SSRIs make more of the chemical available. This helps to improve overall mood and outlook on life.
SNRIs can help relieve anxiety symptoms such as irritability and worry. They work by blocking the absorption of serotonin neurotransmitters and norepinephrine — the chemical responsible for regulating stress reactions — in the body.
When the body can’t absorb these chemicals, the brain has more of them available, which helps to improve mood.
This medication is used to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) by providing short-term symptom relief. It balances the levels of dopamine and serotonin — the mood-boosting chemicals — to regulate feelings of anxiety.
Buspar may also be used as an alternative treatment option if an individual doesn’t respond well to SSRIs or SNRIs.
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Common Questions About Anxiety
Anxiety disorder is a persistent physiological response to stress or perceived threats. It’s usually characterized by persistent and intense feelings of worry, fear, and nervousness that can significantly impact daily life. If you’re experiencing anxiety, you may also:
•Be restless and irritable
•Have concentration difficulties
•Have a rapid heartbeat
•Have shortness of breath
There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. If you suspect that you may have anxiety, it’s important to consult a medical professional for a diagnosis.
Recognizing anxiety in yourself can be challenging because it can be different for each individual.
Common signs of anxiety include:
•Restlessness and irritability
If these symptoms are persistent and significantly affect your day-to-day life, it’s recommended to seek professional help from a licensed healthcare provider. They can perform an assessment to determine if you have anxiety or other related conditions and can recommend an appropriate treatment plan. They can also refer you to a mental health specialist, if needed.
There are a number of ways to treat anxiety, but combination therapy is a common approach. Combination therapy means two or more of the following for part of your treatment and daily routine:
Depending on your individual condition, your healthcare provider will make the appropriate recommendations.
Online anxiety treatments can be an effective option for many individuals. LifeMD offers convenient access to care from the comfort of patients’ own home, which can also be a more private and secure way for someone to receive the help they need.
The convenience of online treatments offers flexible scheduling, continuous access to resources, and ongoing support from licensed professionals. If you receive any prescription medication for anxiety, LifeMD will send the scripts to your local pharmacy for convenient pickup.
Most telehealth services offering anxiety treatments strive to provide personalized care.
At LifeMD, your doctor will tailor your treatment to meet your individual needs. Everyone’s anxiety manifests itself in different ways. Having a doctor that truly understands your unique experience with anxiety will result in a specific treatment that will help you take control of your mental health challenges.
Although telehealth services can be an effective anxiety management method, there are limits to the medication they can prescribe to help.
While LifeMD affiliated providers are able to provide prescription initiations or prescription refills on most medications, they do not provide prescription initiations or prescription refills on controlled substances. This includes prescriptions for common anti-anxiety medications like clonazepam (Rivotril), alprazolam (Xanax and Valium), and lorazepam (Ativan).
LifeMD offers access to a team of healthcare professionals who are dedicated to your well-being. They can perform an assessment during a virtual consultation and provide support by recommending:
•Certain prescription and over-the-counter medications, if appropriate.
While there’s currently no way to cure anxiety in the traditional sense, anxiety can be effectively managed. And symptoms can often be reduced with proper treatment. Following a professional treatment can help you learn healthy coping mechanisms, develop resilience, and improve your overall well-being.
Committing to mental health services like attending therapy sessions, taking medication, and implementing lifestyle changes has helped many people reduce their anxiety and the way it affects their lives.
Working with a mental health professional can help ensure proper long-term anxiety management.
The effectiveness of your online anxiety treatments can be measured using various methods.
Your doctor may also evaluate pre-determined treatment goals with you, discuss improvements, and assess your overall emotional function.
It’s important to also communicate openly and honestly with your provider during your assessments. You should also alert them to any concerns or changes you notice while on medication. Effective communication can also help your provider make adjustments to your treatment plan if necessary.
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