Medicines for Anxiety

Suddenly your heart is racing, palms are sweaty, and stomach’s churning. Your muscles are tense and your senses alert. Your mind is flooded with worries and fears that something bad will happen. This is anxiety; and we have all had it. When faced with a threatening event such as a physical attack or a natural disaster, most people feel anxiety or fear. Our bodies give us a surge of adrenaline and our instincts take over. This gives us the strength we need to get out of the situation and survive. Anxiety is our body’s response to stress and danger, but in today’s world most of the ‘dangers’ we face day to day are not ones we can fight with our fists or run away from easily. These modern ‘dangers’ are many and can be anything from a heavy work load at your job to family conflicts, aggressive drivers or money troubles. Some anxiety from time to time is normal and healthy; it can help motivate us and help get us out of tough situations. But when anxiety lasts for weeks or months, develops into a constant sense of dread or begins to affect your everyday life, you may have an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety becomes troubling when it lasts weeks or months, develops into a constant sense of dread and begins to affect your everyday life.

Medication treatment

Medication treatment of anxiety is generally safe and effective. Four major classes of medications are used to treat anxiety disorders: SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor), SNRI (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor), tricyclic antidepressant, and benzodiazepine.

SSRI drugs are preferred because of the strength of evidence indicating their use and because of their acceptable tolerability. Selection of a specific agent will depend on the disorder being treated and patient-related factors. See Table 2 for selection of first-line SSRI drugs according to anxiety disorder. Drugs are listed in alphabetical order and in order of supporting evidence.

Any course of treatment should be individually tailored and altered as needed, and it often takes time and patience to find the drug that works best for you. Some medications are fast-acting and may be for short-term use, and others require several weeks to become effective. Ask your doctor to explain why a particular type of treatment is recommended, what other options are available, what you need to do to fully participate in your recovery, and any side effects you may experience.

General, common side effects may include headache, nausea, sleeplessness or drowsiness, weight gain, “flat” feeling, or reduced interest in sex. If you experience side effects or are uncomfortable with your medications, talk with your doctor.

Psychological treatment for anxiety disorders

Psychological therapies can be as effective as drug therapies in the treatment of anxiety disorders and should be considered first-line in the treatment of anxiety where accessible, acceptable to the patient and appropriate to the severity of impairment. Psychological therapy may be used alone or in conjunction with pharmacological treatment, although there is limited evidence supporting its short-term efficacy.

However, in the long-term there may be a reduction in the risk of relapse as a result of using psychotherapy.

CBD oil

CBD rich hemp oil, the essential oil of the hemp plant, has over 480 natural compounds including 100 or so cannabinoids (CBD and THC are two) and over 120 terpenes (part of a plants essential oils which contribute to a plant’s scent, flavour and colour) along with amino acids, proteins, enzymes, ketones, fatty acids, steroids, flavonoids, vitamins and more.

The term CBD oil has come to mean this whole plant extract high in cannabidiol (CBD) with much smaller amounts of the other compounds. Although there are synthetic cannabinoid substances produced by pharmaceutical companies, it is believed that the naturally occurring plant substances (phyto-cannabinoids) act synergistically, known as the “Entourage Effect”, for optimal benefits.

Cbd vape is one of the 60+ naturally occurring compounds found in all cannabis plants. In the human body, endocannabinoids are the molecules that act as chemical messengers in the “endocannabinoid system,” the parts of our nervous system containing cannabinoid cell receptors which respond to cannabinoids and tell the body to do certain things. The human body naturally produces its own cannabinoids (endogenous or endocannabinoids) with the help of fatty acids found in foods such as nuts, seeds and fish, but the same receptors bind to the compounds found in cannabis.

Researchers have gone to great lengths to find a means of treating what we now think are endocannabinoid-related ailments such as anxiety, depression, and a slew of other health issues. Unfortunately, most of these treatments were and are more trouble than they’re worth.

Although we still have a lot of research to do, cannabis continues to be the most effective remedy for hundreds of millions of people – regardless of its classification as a Schedule 1 drug.

When we ingest cannabis, the cannabinoids from the plant take the place of anandamide in our CB receptors and start to do their thing. Perfect if your body is not producing enough anandamide on its own.

TEN TIPS FOR LEARNING TO MANAGE STRESS AND ANXIETY

  • Practice relaxation exercises
  • Exercise
  • Eat well
  • Get enough sleep
  • Reduce alcohol and drugs
  • Practice mindfulness to let go of worries
  • Spend time with friends
  • Ensure a study/life balance
  • Use cognitive strategies to deal with stressful thoughts
  • Engage in enjoyable and fun activities

Please note this is for information purpose only, and in no way must replace your doctors advice.