Are you Experiencing Severe Anxiety? Benzodiazepines Can Help
Small bursts of anxiety can be helpful in certain situations, such as before an exam, when buying your first house, or while standing on the edge of a cliff. It acts as an internal warning system, letting you know if you’re facing a potential threat. Feeling nervous before an exam, for instance, can encourage you to study harder in advance.
However, too much anxiety can be a debilitating problem for many people. If you’re experiencing symptoms of anxiety on a daily basis, have irrational fears, or anxiety is interfering with daily tasks, these are signs that you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder that requires the attention of a medical professional.
Symptoms of problem anxiety may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Racing mind
- Stomach or chest pain
- Trouble concentrating
- Routinely feeling tense or that you can’t relax
- Sense of panic or impending doom
- Avoidance of certain situations
If problem anxiety is left untreated, it may lead to a more advanced anxiety disorder or even depression. There is no need to face these symptoms alone; there are many professionals who are available to help. You should always speak to a GP or mental health professional about your anxiety in order to get the best possible treatment.
While recovery won’t happen overnight, many people have been able to curb their anxious feelings through a combination of therapy, self-care and medication where deemed appropriate by a doctor. Receiving support can help you manage and reduce problem anxiety so that it no longer interferes with the quality of your life.
Ways to manage severe anxiety:
Severe anxiety is best treated holistically, using a range of methods rather than just one. Some examples of treatment options include:
- Psychological treatments such as cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness or e-therapy (online therapy)
- Self-care (e.g. avoiding alcohol & caffeine, relaxation techniques, physical exercise)
It is important to speak to a doctor about suitable treatment strategies. Medications such as benzodiazepines may be an effective component of your treatment regime, especially at the beginning. Benzodiazepines are fast-acting, widely-used anti-anxiety medications which are taken at a frequency prescribed by a doctor. They have a tranquillising effect on the brain and are often used to reduce the severity of specific symptoms such as panic attacks or insomnia.
There are many different types of benzodiazepines. Some common examples include:
- Clonazepam (Klonopin)
- Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
- Oxazepam (Serepax)
- Temazepam (Restoril)
- Triazolam (Halcion)
Benzodiazepines can be addictive, and may induce side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, grogginess and impaired coordination. They may not be suitable for people with certain health conditions or who are on particular medications and it is essential that certain substances such as alcohol are not consumed whilst taking them.
If you have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, a fully-qualified online doctor from Instant Consult can prescribe you with an anti-anxiety medication if deemed suitable. They are also able to help you diagnose anxiety disorders.
If anxiety is interfering with the quality of your life, be sure to seek support from a medical health professional. If you or someone you know is considering self-harm or suicide, contact Lifeline at 13 11 14 or call triple zero (000).
If you would like to engage a doctor on Instant Consult as a means of addressing your anxiety, you can easily access our services through our free phone app or via our website. If you have any questions about how our service works, feel free to read our FAQ page or contact us directly.
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