Hate anxiety? Looking for a drug to get rid of it for you? Lets look at the menu…
Benzodiazepines: Alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium) used to be the most commonly prescribed drugs. Along with chlordiazepoxide (Librium).
But these traditional anxiolytics all have generic equivalents, which mean the huge profits have already been squeezed out of them.
Now the newer classes of antidepressants –
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and
Selective Serotonin & Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SSNRIs)
…are more commonly prescribed. They’re currently considered the first line of defense against anxiety.
The two SSNRIs (or sometimes called SNRIs – Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) both provide great profit opportunities and you’ll most likely find they’re suggested first if you visit your doctor seeking an anti-anxiety drug.
But before you say, “Doctor, I need some drug for my anxiety” – why not step back and look at the bigger picture? Because it’s kind of like saying:
“I broke my arm. But I don’t want a cast on it. Just give me some painkillers.”
Everyone is against anxiety. Everyone is ‘anti-anxiety’. Because it hurts. But the decision to take a drug for anxiety should not be taken lightly.
Anxiety is not your enemy. Whatever you’re feeling – and that includes anxiety – is a part of you. Anxiety comes as a consequence of very specific habits and patterns of thinking and feeling.
While anxiety seems to strike for no reason at all… it never does. There’s a reason for anxiety. The greatest potential for improving your life comes from feeling your greatest pain and anguish.
Sounds obvious. And it is. But when you’re in the middle of that pain and anguish, it’s hard to see the obvious.
You get a headache; you reach for aspirin. Who cares why your head hurts? As long as you can make the pain go away…
Anti-anxiety drugs seem like the best solution when you’re in the midst of anxiety. But you may wish to consider: there’s a right way and a wrong way to take antianxeity drugs.
The wrong way: giving all your power to the drugs so YOU won’t have to be responsible for your life.
The right way: creating an alliance with the anti-anxiety drugs; using them as ONE tool to feel better.
“Yes, I may take this drug. But before I do… I’m going to stop and acknowledge; I have a choice. I AM choosing this. I have the power of choice.”
In other words, at least realize you’re making a choice to take antidepressants or anxiolytics. And make it an empowered choice. Not a whimsical choice.
“I’m going to take this drug as a way to get some breathing room. So I can take greater responsibility for my life. Rather than giving my power away to the drug, I will retain my power. As I realize – only I can heal myself.”
A cast doesn’t heal a broken arm. The body always seeks to heal itself. Always. The cast just helps the body’s natural healing process.
In this case: “I’m not broken. I don’t need to be ‘fixed’. Rather, I’m out of balance. And I must find my balance myself. And hopefully, any anti-anxiety drug I take will help ease the pain – temporarily – while I get about the business of finding my balance so my body can heal itself.”
When it comes to anxiety -
Can I accept that I created my anxiety? Can I accept it’s a part of me? Can I be responsible for it?
If so, you can move closer to it. Not to feel worse, but to feel the pain and let it go. The more you run from anxiety, the more out of balance you become. The more you reunite with the unwanted parts of yourself, the more IN balance you become.
By their nature, anti-anxiety drugs don’t bring you into balance. At best, they relieve painful symptoms.
And so often, we’ll do anything to keep from feeling the pain we don’t understand.
But pain comes from separation. Try to separate from anxiety and it will chase you. Sometimes the separation and the pain becomes too great. That’s when anti-anxiety drugs offer the most value:
To give you breathing room, and perhaps even the gumption, to face the anxiety head-on, so you can begin to feel it and release it.
It’s also important to understand the underlying causes that would lead someone to such a painful place.
I almost feel guilty because my life has become so enjoyable and so easy. Especially since I remember how miserable I used to be.
Basically it comes down to making one slight shift in what you do everyday, and you can watch in amazement as your life slowly begins to start working out in almost every way.
It’s such an important change that I’ve written a complete e-book about it. And I’d like to give you a copy for free. All you have to do is write your first name and primary email address into the space below, and you’ll be receiving a link to download the e-book right away.