It is thought that genetics can play a role if you have a close relative with generalised anxiety disorder , it is five times more likely that you, too, will experience anxiety at some point. Trauma, domestic violence, child abuse and bullying can trigger GAD, as can drug or alcohol misuse and long-term painful health conditions such as arthritis. Trying to get help isn’t easy. However, if my experiences sound familiar, do talk to your GP. If you don’t ask for help, you will be dealing with it on your own so you might as well create some light at the end of the tunnel. Anxiety is not something you can snap out of.
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There is little specific reason to prescribe one antidepressant over another for the treatment of this disorder. Your doctor may choose your medication based upon their own experience in prescribing it, or based upon the typical side effects most people who take it experience. If you are not experiencing relief in 6 to 8 weeks from the first medication prescribed, talk to your doctor. He or she may decide to either up your dose or try a different medication altogether. Other Medications In addition to SSRIs, others kinds of medications are occasionally prescribed in the treatment of social anxiety disorder. Anti-anxiety medications called benzodiazepines are rarely prescribed for social anxiety disorder, because they are extremely habit-forming and act as a sedative.
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