Our expert says:
There should me no "Permanent damage" from NOT using antidepressants to treat anxiety disorder ( I hope it has been properly diagnosed, by a psychiatrist rather than only a GP ) With anti-anxiety meds like the benzo's ( valium, ativan, etc ) there is a risk, with medium to long-term use, of becoming dependent on them.
A better alternative, I feel, is the use of CBT, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, a specific method of counselling which is really effective, and of course no side-effects or risks. The anxiety-Depression Support Group ( number on this page ) could help you find such a therapist.
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