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Anxiety Treatment:  
Questions To Ask Your Doctor

An anxiety treatment when first prescribed might be an added worry for the patient.

I know when I have spoken to friends who have been prescribed such treatments that they often express concern not knowing what to expect from the drugs and how they will help them.

Feeling in control is an essential part of overcoming your stress and finding anxiety relief.

Unfortunately as you sit in your doctor’s office it is not often possible for you to think of all the questions you want to ask there and then.

Often the questions will come to you later, by which time you may feel silly making another appointment just to ask them.

The following set of questions about your anxiety treatment is just a helping hand to help you find the questions relevant to you which you may want to ask about.

You do not have to ask all the questions, only the ones you feel most strongly about. But remember the more information you have the better you will be able to back control of your own anxiety relief.

What To Ask Your Doctor about Your Anxiety Treatment Plan

Don’t worry about asking these questions, your doctor won’t be offended he will more than likely feel happy that you are at least interested in your treatment. It is a good sign that you will overcome your problems sooner.

You may find that after asking some of these questions that you are not happy to take the drug because of unwanted side effects. Do not be afraid to discuss this with your doctor. It is better to be up front about your concerns and this will ensure that your recovery and treatment is best suited to you and your needs.

  • What sort of drug are they prescribing? (See types of drugs here)
  • How does the drug work?
  • How quickly does it start to work?
  • What side affects does it have?
  • Will it make be drowsy?
  • Will I be able to drive or operate heavy machinery?
  • If there are side affects what can I do about them?
  • What will happen if I forget to take the drug?
  • Will it affect other medication I am taking?
  • What will happen if this drug does not work for me?
  • Are there any non drug alternatives I could try first?
  • How long will I have to take the drug for?

Or course it is very important that you read the enclosed information pamphlet that comes with your anxiety treatment medication as it will also be able to explain more about the particular drug you have been prescribed. There are many different types of medications used to treat anxiety and stress and they all work in a slightly different way.

Resource: Michael Orme and Susanna Graham Jones, Medicine: the Self Help guide 1988

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