Our expert says:
Psychologist: Hi Tanya
It sounds like you may be experiencing anxiety because when one is anxious, the body releases hormones which trigger what is called the autonomic nervous system. This is the system in your body that increases blood flow to muscles in order to deal with perceived danger. This is a built in system we have to protect ourselves, but when it occurs in everyday situations it becomes less adaptive.
However, I would suggest that you ask your doctor who prescribed your medication to explain the reasons why you were placed on this particular medication. Sometimes medications that treat one problem can be used to treat another problem. For example, some anti-epileptic medication can help with mood problems etc. The best way to control anxiety is to understand and learn more about it. The shaking could be part of the anxiety or a side effect of the medication, but it needs to be assessed and explained to you by your doctor before anyone can judge this. If your medication was prescribed to treat your anxiety then it does seem that it isn’t right for you and you may need to be placed on another medication. But please don’t just stop taking the medication. Make sure you discuss any decisions and concerns with the doctor who prescribed the medication. This is very important.
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