Medications for Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and Depressive Disorders can respond well to several medications, the most common of which include SSRIs, SNRIs and serotonin antagonists. Your appropriate medication choice and the length of time you will need to remain on it will always be the result of a careful discussion between you and our psychiatrist Sumit Anand, M.D. Everyone’s genetic makeup is different, so medication that works well for one person may not work well for another.
When medications for anxiety or depression are prescribed and taken appropriately, many people report significant improvements in symptoms including:
Worrying, Depressed Mood, Restlessness, Fatigue, Motivation/Interest, and Zest for Life.
Addictive vs. Non-Addictive Medications
Addictive medications such as benzodiazepines are recommended only for very short-term relief of extreme anxiety. They are never used as a long-term option, and require a specially-written prescription. At Insight Into Action Therapy, we believe in using appropriate non-addictive medications, proven for their results in long-term treatment.
For people with a known dependent pattern of drinking, and who now intend to maintain complete sobriety, we can recommend Acamprosate (Campral®). This drug has been proven to delay the number of days to relapse into dependent drinking, as well as limit the severity of a relapse if it occurs.
If someone is attempting a period of abstinence or looking to moderate their drinking, Naltrexone (Vivitrol®) is known to blunt the pleasurable sensations that lead to wanting to drink more once a person has begun consuming alcohol. Regular use has been proven effective in helping people to moderate their alcohol use in one sitting.