Our expert says:
I assume thaT you have had a physuical check-up to be sure there is no likely physical cause for the chest pain ? I haven't come across Cipralex affecting the hair, but its probably rather more widely used than it needs to be, when there are so many alternatives. SSRI's are absolutely NOT the only major treatment for anxiety. Other varieties of drugs also used to treat depression, like SSRI's, but not SSRI's, also help. It is wise to avoid the benzo's which are sedative tranquillizers and can lead to dependency.
Some meds also used as antipsychotics help some people with severe anxiety.
One hardly seems to hear about Buspar ( Buspirone ) these days, but it definitely effective, where available, in treating anxiety, without the risk of dependency. It's gentler and slowe in the onset of its full effects, and one should expect to assess its eventual helpfulness after 2 weeks or so.
And quite apart from medication, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, CBT, a specific form of counselling / psychotherapy can be highly effective in treating anxiety and in giving you control over your stress and your responses to it.
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