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A Guide to Antianxiety Meds

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Medication can help you conquer anxiety—but which one is best for you?

You’ve tried everything you can think of to beat your anxiety—from therapy to yoga to jogs in the park. But nothing seems to help.

“The research is clear,” says Colleen Cira, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and director of the Cira Center for Behavioral Health. “A combination of therapy and medication can be the most effective way to treat anxiety. But if you’re stuck, it may be time to reach out to your doctor.”

Be cautious though. Medication shouldn’t be your first approach. The most effective treatment for anxiety disorders is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In fact, lots of anxiety problems can be addressed without meds.

However, if you opt for medications, how do you know which one is right for you? There are dozens of antianxiety meds. Here are some things to know to help you—and your doctor—make the best choice.

Disclaimer: Genomind does not endorse certain medications for the treatment of anxiety. All medication should be taken under a clinician’s care. Do not discontinue use without your doctor’s permission.

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