Our expert says:
Hello daryn .
Someone boobed and opened this forum much earlier than they had agreed, so it's only by accident that I have discovered your message and been able to answer it during my "holiday" !
Xanor and its whole family of sedative tranquillizers do not, indeed, remove anxiety, but mask it, while sedating you. That's why SSRI's usually help more to remove the chemical aspects of the anxiety, and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, CBT, is currently the best way to unlearn the habits of anxiety, to learn ways of relaxing when you need to, and of recognizing and dealing better with whatever triggers your anxiety.
It sounds, from your description that you are responding well to CBT --- maybe now you are troubled more by a sort of anxiety about anxiety, and need to include this within your agenda with your psychologist.
Whereas Xanax etc will sedte one under most circumstances, where one's worries are realistically based, its better through the counselling / therapy to work with the real issues, rather than suppress anxiety which may be at least in part realistic and might even be a useful spur to working towards solutions of the problems, rather than dozing in the corner while too sedated.
Potential changes in medication would be best decided by a psychiatrist after a proper assessment ( I agree with Seranti there !) ; usually you would not need more than one or two meds, and selecting the right one would be best done by a psychiatrist based on a comprehensive assessment. Responses to the meds can be very idiosyncratic and personal, but a combination that best suits you, can be found.
And I also often recommend Seranti's method of setting aside half an hour a day for worrying, and at other times, postponing the temptation to worry, so you can do it best during that special time.
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