Antianxiety Drugs

Drug therapy is the leading biological treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Other biological interventions include relaxation training, mindfulness meditation and practicing living mindfully.

Cognitive Therapist’s Point of View

It is generally believed by cognitive therapists that generalized anxiety disorder and worry are caused by maladaptive assumptions and beliefs that most life situations are dangerous. The best method to change this sort of irrational thinking is to find more effective ways of coping with stressful situations.

Biological Theorist’s Perspective

Biological theorists believe that generalized anxiety disorder is caused by low activity of the neurotransmitter gamma-Aminobutyric acid or Gaba. Common antianxiety drugs, particularly Benzodiazepines, bind to these neurotransmitters and improve Gaba’s ability to stop neuron firing and reduce anxiety. (Treit, Engin & McEown, 2010; Dawson et at., 2005)

While benzodiazepines often provide relief from generalized anxiety disorder, people who take large doses for an extended period of time can become physically dependent on them, causing some people to lose touch with reality. However these drugs are helpful to the vast majority of people who suffer with generalized anxiety disorder and some phobias as well.

The most common antianxiety drugs are:

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