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What are the various uses and benefits of anxiolytic medication

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What are the various uses and benefits of anxiolytic medication for the treatment of anxiety disorder? What is the drug treatment for panic disorders, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress, generalized disorder, and social anxiety? How can the different forms of anxiety in terms of challenges in assessment, differential diagnosis and use of pharmacological treatment be compared and contrasted?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Vikas replied 6 years ago.

Hello Mam,

For the treatment of anxiety disorders, the drug of choice currently are antidepressant, specially drugs belonging to SSRI class of antidepressants. SSRIs are useful in treating all the disorders you have mentioned above.

SSRI Antidepressants


Diagnostic criteria are obviously different for every individual disorder and so is the assessment but broadly speaking, the treatment does not differ very much whether it is Phobia, OCD, Social anxiety, or Generalized anxiety disorder because for any one of these disorder, a doctor is going to use antidepressant or Psychotherapy such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Anxiolytic medicine such as Benzodiazepines say for example, Klonopin are also used for the treatment but since these drugs can cause dependence, they are only used for a short term.

Kindly click the link given below to find out more.

Anxiety, Panic and Phobias

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,

Vikas



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