So why do doctors prescribe panic attacks medication to treat a habit?
Because most of them don't have a clue what else to do and it's a 'quick fix' !
PANIC ATTACK MEDICATIONS ARE NOT THE ANSWER!
I have never met or spoken to anyone in 10 years, having treated tens of thousands of people worldwide, who have been
cured by taking so called panic attacks medication, but I know many, many people who have become well without it!
As someone who was addicted for valium (diazepam) for many years I know that this drug absolutely made my condition
worse and gave me the additional problem of addiction to overcome in my recovery. Valium is commonly prescribed as
a panic attacks medication by doctors who don't know what else to do. It didn't alleviate my anxiety symptoms but added
a whole host of unpleasant side effects. This is the experience of the vast majority of my clients also, people who just want
to be well again, without relying on medication.
The knowledge that I now have and the experience drawn from talking to thousands of people including psychologists, psychiatrists (psycho-physiologists) and doctors about anxiety disorder, has confirmed to me how inappropriate panic
attacks medication treatments are. Anxiety disorders and panic attacks are not mental illnesses in that they are not
caused by chemical imbalances in the brain but are, essentially, bad habits which are comparable to drinking alcohol and
I really believe that drugs are so prevalent in the treatment of anxiety and related disorders simply because doctors don?t know what else to do, and if they did know, they don?t have the time to do it.
I don't want to be too simplistic and say that there are no occasions where these drugs are appropriate. I do know that in some cases they can provide a short period of relief but ultimately, they are NOT the answer, ultimately you have to stop taking them!! Some people are fortunate and experience no or few of the unpleasant side effects, but others contact me desperate, saying 'I have got worse since taking the medications'.
Unfortunately panic attack medication is often used as long term solutions and actually, in many cases, by distorting the symptoms of the anxiety disorder and introducing new symptoms by way of side effects they can actually make the condition worse and prevent recovery.
If you are, or intend to take anti-anxiety drugs the following information should help you make an informed decision:
Beta blockers can be helpful in controlling the physical symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks, particularly social anxiety and are prescribed to control rapid heartbeat, shaking, trembling and blushing.
Beta blockers tend to have less side effects than other medications but can cause light-headedness, drowsiness, short-term memory loss, decrease in heart rate, insomnia, diarrhea, cold extremities, depression and nightmares. Like all anti-anxiety medication, Beta Blockers are a temporary crutch... one day the crutch has to be removed in order for the patient to solve their anxiety condition.
Beta Blockers include:
These medications are used to treat severe depression or depression with anxiety. Some of these anti-depressants are also used to treat obsessional disorders and panic attacks.
Side effects include a dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, difficulty urinating, postural hypo-tension, tachycardia, loss of sex drive, erectile failure, sensitivity to sunlight, weight gain, sedation, sweating, jitteriness, irritation, unusual energy and disturbed sleep patterns. These medications is not a long term solution to anxiety disorders and panic attacks.
Tricyclic antidepressants include:
Benzodiazepines can be taken as a single dose therapy or several times a day for months or years. They are supposed to be effective in reducing panic attack symptoms in 70-80% of patients according to doctors, however, the leaflet supplied with the tablets clearly states that Diazepam may cause anxiety...Wow!
MOST of my clients have tried benzos, none have been made well by them and most have said it made the situation worse!
Possible side effects include: drowsiness, decreased mental sharpness, slurred speech, clumsiness, less occupational efficiency, sexual side effects, low moods, irritability, agitation and increased susceptibility to the effects of alcohol.
MAOIs are another major anti-depressant family which are often used to treat panic attacks.
Side effects include disturbed sleep, increased appetite, sexual side effects, weight gain, dry mouth, sedation and low blood pressure.
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors include:
SSRIs are a newer type of anti-depressant introduced into the US in the 1980s beginning with Prozac (fluoxetine). These drugs work differently to traditional antidepressants and work by assisting the brain in maintaining levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin which is often found to be low in sufferers of depression, OCD and anxiety and panic disorders. As with all of the anxiety medications, SSRI's are meant for short term use for specific conditions and are by no means a solution to the panic attacks.
Potential side effects include nausea, insomnia, headaches, sexual difficulties and initial agitation.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors include:
The mild tranquilizer Buspirone (Buspar) has been approved for use for anxiety with mild depression and also for social phobias in combination with other medicines for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Buspirone has few side effects, headache and dizziness can occur in 3% - 12% of users but this usually clears within a few days of use. Other people may experience mild drowsiness.
YES, The Linden Method is a completely drug free solution to panic attacks and anxiety disorders in general, not only will it show you how to rid yourself of anxiety but will also show you how to safely come off your medication and give you guidance on getting the support of your doctor to do so.
Our specialist are trained professionals who have thousands of hours experience helping people just like you to cure their anxiety quickly and to withdraw medication without any ill affects. It's what they do all day every day.
Author of The Linden Method® and
CEO of The Linden Centers