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Stress Relief Medication
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Stress relief medication; is there really such a thing? Well yes and no is the true answer.

Yes there are drugs available that can be prescribed in certain circumstances to anxious patients but in truth these treatments are only a small part of the cure.

The best way to treat stress is by using stress management techniques and this means that the patient has to do all the hard work to get the benefits.

There is no quick fix for stress and the sooner the patient realizes this, the more effective and quicker their recovery.

There are many, many different stress management techniques and most of them are covered somewhere on this site. Here is a small overview of some of the most commonly used ones:

Stress Relief Medication

Stress and anxiety can become such a problem for some people that they turn to their doctor for help and advice. The diagnosis or stress is not a simple one and it is often something which needs to be looked into over a period of time.

Many doctors will not prescribe stress relief medication on the first visit unless they know the patient well and have a good understanding of the causes of their stress. A doctor will always advise the patient to try and use stress management techniques first and may even advise that the patient see a trained stress advisor or counsellor to help them with this process.

Medication is usually only prescribed in situations where the stress is causing such extreme symptoms that some form of medication is needed to help elevate these symptoms initially. Thus enabling the patient to go on and tackle the cause of the stress or to practicing stress management techniques.

So as you can see any medication prescribed for stress is usually just a stop gap and not a cure for the stress.

There are many different types of stress treatments which can be prescribed but it is vital that the patient talks in length to their doctor about the one prescribed for them. This is because they all work in different ways and can have different side effects and results.

The different types of drugs available include:

  • Tranquilisers such as Diazepam (commonly known as Valium)

  • Antidepressants known as Tricylics

  • Azapirones - These contain an anti-anxiety agent known as Buspirone

  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors such as Fluoxetine (Prozac)

The best way of course of beating stress is to eliminate the causes of stress from your life. This sadly is often just not possible but should always be the first consideration if possible. After that stress relief techniques is the best way to help your body cope with and be able to fight off the ill effects stress is having on your both physically and mentally. A stronger, healthier more relaxed body and outlook is by far the best way to lead a happy healthier life rather than relying on drugs to make you happy.

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