Anxiety Medications

Anxiety Medications

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.

Our section, Types of Medications for Panic, OCD, Worry, Phobias, & Social Anxiety, 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 our Guide to Using Anxiety, Panic, Phobia, & OCD Medication there 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 Medication.
  • You Must Taper Off These Medications Gradually.
  • Medications Are Optional.

See our Medication Profiles for Anxiety, Panic, & OCD 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 disorders.

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The Use of Medications

More on Anxiety Medications

Types of Medications for Panic, OCD, Worry, Phobia & Social Anxiety

Here you will first find a list of all the major medications and the problems they address.  Then you will see each of the major problems (panic attacks, generalized anxiety, and so forth), with descriptions of the commonly recommended medications for that difficulty.

Guide to Using Anxiety, Panic, Phobia & OCD Medication

If you would like to consider medication as a form of treatment for your anxiety symptoms, here are a few suggestions that may make your decision easier.

Medication Profiles for Anxiety, Panic & OCD

A. Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs)
B. Other Antidepressants
C. Serotonin Reuptake Blocking Agents (SSRIs)
D. Benzodiazepines (BZs)
E. Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
F. Beta-blockers
G. Other Tranquilizers
H. Anticonvulsants

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