Anxiety Can Affect Everyone
Anxiety can affect anyone at anytime; it is one of the most natural feelings that accompany stress and worry. But it can get out of control, and take over your life. Generalized anxiety disorder can be summarized as feelings of prolonged and constant overwhelming feelings of anxiety and worry. These emotions are normal, but generalized anxiety takes them to the next level. It can be a minor annoyance, or it can be a completely crippling. The severity is often linked to the level of stress in a person’s life. Anxiety medication can be taken to help alleviate the power it has in your life.
Generalized anxiety is not limited to the feelings of worry, however. People also report feeling poorly about themselves, and being hypersensitive to what others think of them. It is not uncommon to have a pessimistic and negative view of the world around them, and the intentions of others.
Fortunately for those suffering from this illness, there are a variety of anxiety medications that can be used in order to decrease your symptoms, and help make you feel better about yourself. There are three most popular medications that are commonly prescribed and have excellent reviews from patients using Ativan, Valium, and Xanax.
Ativan is a benzodiazepine that changes the balance of chemicals in your brain. It uses it’s main active ingredient lorazepam to release a neurotransmitter known as GABA that works to calm and relax the nerve activity in your brain. This will alter the chemical balance in your mind, and improve your mood. It also acts as a sedative and muscle relaxant, and can cause sleepiness. It can given in tablet form or through a shot. It is most commonly used as a treatment for anxiety, mania, and can also be used for treating seizures. Because it is a benzodiazepine, it can be habit forming, and must be taken with care. It is fast acting, and its affects can be felt within an hour
Valium, otherwise known as diazepam, is another benzodiazepine that works as an anxiety medication. It works to increase the activity of GABA neurotransmitters and keep nerve activity in balance. When the chemicals in your brain are unbalanced, your mood alters, and this is when you feel the anxiety, depression, and panic. By controlling the balance of neurotransmitters, you control the power your anxiety has over you. It also helps with getting to sleep, and staying to sleep. Again, because it is a benzodiazepine, it can be habit forming if abused.
Xanax is arguably one of the most popular and well-known anxiety medications on the market right now. Like Valium and Ativan, Xanax is a benzodiazepine that works to sedate the flow of chemicals in your brain. Xanax works quickly, just as Ativan and Valium, but unlike Ativan and Valium, Xanax does not have as long lasting effects. Because Xanax makes you sleepy and drowsy, many people prefer Xanax. It will work to effectively calm you down when you are feeling anxious, but it will not keep you down for long with its side effects, making it the preferred drug of choice.