An anti-anxiety medication is a drug, or other medical intervention, that lessens anxiety in the patient. This reduction in anxiety is in contrast with stimulant-based drugs, which only heighten anxiety. With these classes of psychoactive substances or interventions, plus other considerations, the term “anti-anxiety medications” can sometimes be used to describe any drug or treatment regimen. But the FDA and the American Psychiatric Association have established specific classifications for the use of these medications.
Types Of Anti-Anxiety Medication
There are four broad types of anti-anxiety medication. These include nonbenzodiazepine sedatives, benzodiazepines, antidepressants and beta-blockers. These classifications distinguish the classifications based on how they affect the brain. In other words, the severity of the symptoms a person exhibits, in addition to the frequency and persistence of the symptoms and their effect on functioning, may become the basis for classifying the individual’s disorder into one of the following four categories. Anxiety disorders may become chronic when they interfere with the patient’s ability to function normally in social situations or involve him or her in dangerous activities.
The most common type of anxiety disorder is the anxiety disorder, which can take many forms. The most obvious is the obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder, which is divided into two sub-types. The first sub-type is related to panic attacks and obsessive thinking; the second sub-type is related to specific behaviors. The second sub-type is by far the most serious condition that can result in severe disabilities. While the first sub-type is relatively easy to treat and control, the second can be debilitating and often results in the patient developing an addiction to medication.
The Symptoms And How They Work
Most people who suffer from anxiety symptoms are not aware that they have such symptoms. Those who do recognize that they have a problem often mistake the symptoms for signs of psychosis. Psychosis is a mental illness and is similar to anxiety disorders in that there are no medical conditions that can explain the symptoms. People who suffer from psychosis often have inexplicable feelings of guilt, and often see and hear things that cannot possibly be real or physical.
The most serious forms of anxiety are usually related to the central nervous system, or the brain. When the brain is overly stimulated, it can result in hallucinations, delusions, and severe disorientation. Medications used to treat anxiety disorders such as klonopin can cause these severe side effects and should only be taken under extremely rare circumstances. In addition to hallucinations, patients can become severely depressed after taking the medication.
The Risk Of Addition
The addiction to anti-anxiety medication is both more common and more serious than most people think. Many anxiety disorders develop over time without the patient realizing that they have a problem, and in some cases, drugs are taken to resolve symptoms that the patient is seeing as a symptom of another disorder. These conditions are referred to as “substance-induced illnesses”. Anti-anxiety medications are classified as substance dependent disorders, which means that they are characterized by a dependency on them for normal daily function.
There are a number of conditions associated with substance abuse, including alcoholism, diabetes, depression, and even dissociative disorders. Any disorder that requires a very high amount of daily function (and in many cases, requires that the patient maintain extremely healthy levels) is considered a substance dependent illness. Anxiety disorders are often treated with anti-anxiety medication, but the underlying condition can sometimes be far more serious. The reason why people develop an addiction to anti-anxiety medication is because once the medication has been prescribed or purchased over the counter, patients may develop an intense reliance on the drug and may feel pressure from friends and family to continue taking the medication.
Wrapping It Up
Unfortunately, because anti-anxiety medications are so easily abused, it is not uncommon for anti-anxiety disorders to develop into more severe conditions such as depression and psychotic disorders. When this occurs, the patient will often go into shock or take their life completely out of their hands. It is important to remember that anti-anxiety medications are highly addictive. Therefore, if you are considering using these drugs, you must do so under the care of a licensed physician. Do not self medicate!