In my opinion, anti-anxiety/anti-depressant medications are being grossly over prescribed (these type of medications are the 5th and 6th highest selling medications in the world). While these type of medications do have a place in the treatment of SOME anxiety conditions, they should NOT be considered as a cure.

As well, it’s my experience that these types of medications can do more harm than good, especially if long-term normal and medication-free health is desired.

To frequently these medications are prescribed as the first and ONLY form of treatment, without the individual being told the short and long-term ramifications of medication therapy. While some medications can provide temporary symptom relief, unless the underlying reasons for anxiety are addressed there is a high incidence of prolonged medication use and future disorder reoccurrence.

In order to attain lasting normal and medication-free health, anxiety MUST be fully understood. That’s because understanding is a fundamental key to anxiety condition-free living.

This can be accomplished through the help of an anxiety professional and/or from pertinent anxiety self-help materials. As well, on-going support during recovery is vital to a successful recovery strategy.

While relevant self-help materials CAN provide lasting relief (for some, this is all that is required), others may require the on-going support and assistance from an experienced anxiety professional in order to fully break free from their anxiety condition.

Before you consider anxiety pills as medication therapy, or if you are already on medication, I urge you to:

Fully investigate the medication(s) you are taking and be fully aware of the implications of its short and long-term use.
Seek good self-help materials (such as this website).
Seek the help of an experienced anxiety professional (preferably from someone who has experienced anxiety first-hand) if you aren’t making progress or feel you are stuck in your progress back to normal and lasting health.
Continue to look for the help you require until you have fully recovered. Many settle for partial recovery when full recovery is achievable.
Recovering from an anxiety condition isn’t rocket science (although it may feel like it). With the right information and help you can return to lasting normal and medication-free health. Don’t settle for less.

For those that know me, they know my resistance to medication as a long-term strategy (I, too, was on long term medication so I know the challenges it brings). This recent newspaper article from the Calgary Herald illustrates one more concern about medication therapy and anxiety pills that are being used by so many people:

Anxiety pills addictive, have few benefits
By Sharon Kirkey
Calgary Herald - February 7, 2005

Benzodiazepines, potentially addictive tranquillizers that include Xanax and Ativan, are being prescribed to tens of thousands of patients in amounts 10 times higher than recommended, despite the risk of harm and “scant evidence” of any meaningful benefit, new Canadian research shows.

“Benzos” are prescribed widely to treat anxiety and insomnia, as well as panic attacks. More than 14 million prescriptions were filled by Canadian retail drug stores last year, says prescription-drug tracking firm IMS Health Canada.

The sedatives, which depress brain function, are intended for short-term use only — two to three weeks — and it’s recommended most people take no more than 100 anxiety pills per year. But University of British

Columbia researchers found 4.2 per cent of the population of B.C. — about 170,000 people — received more than 100 pills in 2002. About 10,000 people were prescribed more than 1,000 pills.

“The overall benefits and harms from this drug exposure in B.C. is unknown,” the researchers report in the most recent Therapeutics Letter, a bi-monthly publication produced by the Therapeutics Initiative, a world-renowned drug research group based at the university.

Nearly 10 per cent of the province’s population (400,000 people) received at least one prescription for the sedatives in 2002, putting the drug class near the top in terms of pills dispensed. Overall, 84 million benzos were prescribed in B.C. in 2002 — more than the number of acid-suppressing pills, cholesterol-lowering pills, prescription painkillers such as Celebrex or diuretics.

The two groups most vulnerable to side effects from benzodiazepines — women and the elderly — are the biggest users. But the tranquillizers are also being prescribed to children, even toddlers under four, even though they have not been licensed for use in kids.

The researchers doubt the findings hold true for B.C. only. If anything, the province’s population tends to take fewer prescription drugs than other Canadians.

Hailed as “wonder drugs” and “mother’s little helpers” when they first hit the market more than 40 years ago, benzodiazepines quickly replaced barbiturates as the top-prescribed anxiety pills because they were far less toxic in overdose.

But “these drugs are habituating, it’s known they tend to lose their effectiveness if used regularly and you don’t want someone to become dependent on them, because in that setting it can be extremely difficult to stop,” says Dr. James Wright, director of the Therapeutics Initiative.

“People who start these drugs are often not warned that, when they do stop, they can expect to have withdrawal effects,” including insomnia, anxiety, tremors and confusion — symptoms that can last for weeks or months, Wright says.

(Printed with permission from Calgary Herald Group, Canwest Interactive Inc.)

Interesting bit of information for us all to take into consideration when thinking about using medication as opposed to the self-help method.

It is human nature some people say for us to want what we see and are told is a quick fix and a no effort on our part “cure” for anxiety and its related disorders. However, even though we suffer from a very powerful and stubborn disorder,we still can think and use our minds to make our own informed decisions. Anxiety pills can be used to help us but do not discount your own power to help yourself.

Find a safe and drug free alternative at http://www.anxietyended.com

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