Before taking any medication you need to make sure that you know what you are taking. Is it necessary to be taken, and is there a substitute that is less invasive than that particular medication.
You should always be prudent when taking the medication especially if you are prescribed anxiety disorder medication. This type of medication literally affects your brain and if taken in the wrong way or dosage it can be potentially very dangerous, even fatal.
Anxiety disorder medication regulates the flow of certain neurotransmitters (chemicals that enable the communication between brain cells) and by doing so they can reduce your symptoms of anxiety and depression.
An important thing to know is that medication alone is not an answer to anxiety disorder. Medication can be used to reduce a client’s symptoms but it should never be prescribed as sole therapy because the health care professional’s supervision is essential for making sure that the medication is taken in the right dosage and in the right way.
What can happen if medication is misused or abused?
The worst thing you can do to yourself if you suffer from anxiety disorder is to abuse the anxiety medication. One unfortunately common example of medication misuse and abuse is taking the anxiety disorder medication with alcohol. Mixing alcohol and anxiety medication is not only contra productive but highly dangerous and potentially fatal.
Another example of medication misuse is taking the medication off and on. There are many people that take the medication for a month or two and then stop taking the medication, on their own, without professional guidance. This is a big mistake because for the anxiety disorder medication to be effective it usually must be taken for at least six months.
Also the medication therapy shouldn’t be stopped suddenly and without appropriate procedure that health care professional knows about. If pharmacotherapy is stopped suddenly and without professional guidance, consequences can be very painful and even dangerous.
Maybe the worst kind of anxiety medication misuse and abuse is when individuals that suffer from anxiety take the anxiety medication on their own without ever contacting a health care professional. Taking certain medication just because you saw it on a TV commercial or because it helped your friend is a very wrong thing to do.
There are numerous individual factors that need to be considered by a health care professional before prescribing a certain medication in a certain dosage. Also it is very common that the dosage and even the medication are changed during the psychotherapy.
In psychotherapy the real healing process takes place and the causes of your anxiety are worked on. Also in psychotherapy, if you are taking the medication, medication’s effects are monitored and if they are not satisfactory the dosage or the medication is changed.
Psychotherapy alone can be, and in many cases is, a sole answer to anxiety disorder however in severe cases medication can be very helpful in reducing individual’s symptoms and thus enabling him or her to participate in psychotherapy.
For mild cases of anxiety, medication should never be used. In case of moderate anxiety medication can be considered but only if natural supplements failed to reduce the individual’s symptoms. In case of severe anxiety medication should be used. Of course in all three cases psychotherapy is the place where the anxiety is resolved and confronted in the right way.
There are many kinds of natural supplements, however they shouldn’t be taken without a health care professional’s advice. This is because there are many natural supplements and you don’t know which one you should take or what is a right dosage or mixture of natural supplements for you.
In conclusion, anxiety disorder medication is a helpful therapeutic tool but only when taken appropriately. If you are taking the medication make sure you do just that.