I sometimes feel that some doctors are more dependent on their prescribing habits than their patients are, to the drugs. I don't see any good excuse for using any benzodiazepine ( Valium family ) drug in treating anxiety disorders. The problems they often cause, including dependency, withdrawal troubles, decreased memory and performance, etc, are unjustifiable when there are better alternatives.
Stresam seems promising : it is chemically difference from the benzo's and seems significantly less likely to cause problems with dependency and withdrawal, and less problems with memory and psycho-motor performance.
Other wise, there's good evidence that CBT ( Cognitive-behavior Therapy ) is fully as effective, with none of those risks, and it has a logical approach which should work especially well with IT people, and teaches you techniques you can use, if needed, in future. The trick is to find a good psychologist actually able to provide proper CBT.
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