October 9th, 2018
Anxiety can cause major problems in your everyday life due to symptoms such as rapid heart rate, heavy sweating, insomnia, and restlessness. While there are various ways to cope with and manage anxiety, one common way is the use of medication, especially for people with anxiety disorders with immense symptoms. Unfortunately, the only medications for anxiety are prescription and can not be bought over the counter. There is no such thing as over-the-counter anxiety medication. Anxiety medication alters the brain which is why it is a controlled substance and something you have to obtain from a doctor. On the other hand, there are things you can take that are not prescription that is not necessarily anxiety medications, and can be purchased over the counter. These things can have similar effects that can alleviate some symptoms of anxiety and stress but it is not the same as prescription anxiety medication.
While anxiety medication, as well as other things described above, can be helpful in decreasing or eliminating symptoms of anxiety, it is not a cure. Medication is not a magic pill that makes your anxiety go away. The medication only rids you of the symptoms but not the root. To really address anxiety takes more than just medication, but insight, self-reflection, and coping skills in order to discover what causes your anxiety and how to change the way you feel and think. This is not to say that medication is not helpful, especially depending on the severity of your symptoms. Just remember, it is not the only way, and the best prognosis usually requires both methods in the long term.
At Clarity Clinic, we have highly trained staff who specialize in psychotherapy and psychiatry services. To learn more about how we can support your mental health, call Clarity Clinic on (312) 815-9660 or schedule an appointment today.
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