Monday, October 24, 2011

Important Information About Medications For Stress

By Tanya Ramsey

Life can be very difficult, but if you have too much stress, it can make life unbearable; this is a good reason to go see your doctor and get some help for your condition. To properly take care of the stress you are experiencing, ask your doctor about techniques and medications that are available that can help you with your problem. Getting your life back to normal can be done if you can fix the amount of stress that you are currently experiencing through therapy or medications.

There are many options available to you that can help you with your stress condition, many of which are not pharmaceutically related. Most of the time, it is a good idea to see a doctor or therapist that can help you find a way to cope with your stress disorder.

If you can change your diet, and start exercising more, this can also help. Stress is very much a brain centered function, and by eating right, and dieting, you can improve your anxiety levels by properly feeding your brain. You might want to also try hypnotherapy from a certified psychologist or psychiatrist that can help you with your predicament. In cases where such methods don't work, however, medication may be the only solution.

Because some stress medications are potentially addictive, you should honestly ask yourself if this could be a problem for you. Some people have to be careful about taking any medication that could become habit forming. Since there are many types of stress medication, not all of them habit forming, it's important to talk about any such concerns with your doctor ahead of time. If stress medications are only used for a limited amount of time, and in conjunction with other treatments such as therapy, there's less of a chance of becoming dependent on them. This doesn't mean you should avoid stress medication altogether, but you should be aware of this potential danger.

Have you ever heard of Valerian root? This herbal remedy has been very successful in treating some people that suffer with stress. Herbal websites on the Internet often recommend Valerian root for sleep problems, though it can be used for stress related issues. If you have a lot of stress in your life, this herb has been shown to help in anxiety related situations. Valerian has been proven to be as effective as prescription drugs for many people with stress and anxiety. As with anything, Valerian also comes with side effects of its own. Some people get headaches, indigestion or palpitations from taking it, so if you're going to try it, use it with caution. Although it is a very good herbal remedy, it should never be taken for longer than three months in any one time-frame One of the best ways to take this particular herb is in capsule form. This herbal remedy, though useful, tastes absolutely awful and is usually swallowed instead of consumed in liquid form.

Panic attacks are an especially debilitating type of stress. There may or may not be a known cause for panic attacks, as they come about in various ways. Either way, these are very upsetting and disruptive experiences, and can make it difficult for the sufferer to even want to leave the house. If you're experiencing panic attacks, your doctor may suggest certain medications to relieve your symptoms. If you're suffering from depression along with panic attacks, your doctor may give you a prescription for an antidepressant. To help the panic attack symptoms, medications such as SSRIs or sedatives may also be prescribed. While the cause of panic attacks isn't always obvious, with the right therapist you can usually get to the bottom of it.

There are many factors which may induce stress including body chemistry and environmental events. In some cases, however, it's triggered by a specific traumatic event, and this is known as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. This is something that often occurs with combat soldiers, victims of violent crimes or those who have been involved in natural disasters. If you currently have this problem, physicians will often prescribed meds to keep this under control. Antidepressants, as well as anti-psychotic medication, is often given to patients by doctors who they diagnosed with PTSD.

If you decide that you need stress medication, and your doctor prescribes it, you should think about it first. Stress can be very debilitating, in which case your physician may require you to go through some type of psychological therapy or take medications that can help you with your problem.

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