|Treatment with medications can help with six broad
problems: panic attacks; obsessions and worries; general anxiety;
simple phobias; social anxieties or phobias; and a combination of
depression and anxiety or panic. In this section you will read about
the medications that researchers have identified to be the most successful
in treating each of these problems.
The following Introduction lists
all of the primary medications in two ways. First, you will
see them grouped according to their chemical make-up. Then,
each diagnostic category is listed, with descriptions of useful
medications for that disorder.
In the section Guidelines
for Medication Use are a number of topics that may be useful
to you. Here is a list of those topic headings:
- Begin by Obtaining an Accurate Diagnosis.
- There Is No Magic Pill.
- Don't Suffer Needlessly To Prove You Are "Strong".
- If You Decide to Use a Medication, Give It a Fair Trial.
- Be Willing to Tolerate Some Side Effects of Medications.
- You and Your Doctor Can Decide How Long You Will Remain on
- You Must Taper Off These Medications Gradually.
- Medications Are Optional.
See the section Medication
Profiles for a detailed description of each medication, including
benefits, advantages, side effects, dosages, and disadvantages.
Please know that new medications are continually being tested
for anxiety problems. For the most current developments, consult
with a psychiatrist who specializes in treatment of the anxiety