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Alternatives to Benzodiazepines, Anxiolytics or Non-Benzodiazepines

The decision to use medication to treat anxiety other than other interventions is a personal decision. However, if you go to your primary care physician and report symptoms of anxiety on most occasions your physician is likely to prescribe medication. In some cases (though rarer) they will suggest taking medication and seeking out counseling.  Television, advertising media, traditional medical school training, and the pharmaceutical industry have indoctrinated physicians as well as the general public to believe that the best solution for treating anxiety is to take a medication. However, more physicians are becoming aware of the potential danger of addiction/dependency associated with Benzodiazepines.  The following article is a worst-case scenario associated with benzodiazepines.  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-04-10-doctors-prescribe-deadly-addictive-prescription-drugs.html Currently, the trend among many physicians is toward prescribing Anxiolytics or other Non-Benzodiazepine medications instead of Benzodiazepines; however, the potential adverse reactions are often still overlooked.   In my experience in working with patients treating anxiety there are other effective forms of interventions such as relaxation training, biofeedback training, and mindfulness approaches that can be taught in the first session that a patient often can begin to immediately experience less anxiety and to be able to experience benefits of practicing using these methods after leaving my office.  After a first session the patient is encouraged to practice the techniques learned and is told that while their symptoms will not automatically initially disappear that over time by continuing to practice these methods and in further sessions also adding on therapeutic methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR therapy, or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), or other forms of psychotherapy that most people experience a significant reduction in their symptoms of anxiety without having to use medication. http://emapdrschulz.com  If you are interested in learning more about alternative natural approaches toward mental health and general alternative and natural approaches toward wellness go to www.integrativecareohio.com

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