Our expert says:
Frankly, I cannot imagine why people get sent for expensive MRI scans so early in the diagnostic process, these days, apart from the obvious profits involved. From your story, Anxiety was by FAR the most likely diagnosis from the start, and could fruitfully have been treated early on, probably with good results. Xanor is a sedative popular especially among non-psychiatrists which does relieve most anxiety symptoms in the short-run, but has potential problems of dependency, etc. From the sound of i, I really think you should ask to see a good local psychiatrist to confirm the diagnosis and discuss treatment options.
Drugs like CIlift and Paxil, originally used for Depression, can indeed be very useful in treating anxiety problems, but work very differently. Whereas with Xanor you may fel sedation within a short time after taking it, these drugs have no immediate effect, and need to be taken in an appropriate dose for days, to produce their benefits - rather like Blood Pressure meds which are so valuable, but don't bring down your BP in an hour.
There's also a very effective talking treatment for anxiety, specifically CBT, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, which works well and fairly quickly, and helps you to learn to regain control of stress
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