Please do not start morphine
! Morphine will stop anxiety just because it will drug
the user out, when people are high on opiates
, they don't realize it, but they become really dull and not fun to be with which could hurt his marriage. Also he would likely develop extreme anxiety anytime that morphine isn't in his system or readily available. Starting morphine to cure anxiety is far worse than using alcohol
suggests to have swiys friend visit a doctor. A doctor visit will only take about 30 minutes and nothing bad can come up from it. Like it has been said some of the new ssri
/snri's are great. Also for short term benzos
work great. Also now there is a long acting xanax
that seems to be less addictive than other short acting benzos.
Swim had really bad post traumatic stress disorder. Lexapro
which is a ssri worked pretty well, mostly just to stabilize swims mood. (Swim was waking up crying for no reason) Unfortunately swim still had occasional panic attacks, so he was prescribed Ativan
. Ativan worked wonders, except now swim is worried that he is developing an addiction
Ididnotinhale added 0 Minutes and 31 Seconds later...
Also swim found this:Gorman JM.
Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032, USA. email@example.com
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by chronic worry that may persist for many years. It is a debilitating disorder, and effective long-term treatment is required. Psychotherapy, particularly relaxation, cognitive therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, has shown long-term benefit in GAD and may be a useful approach alone and as an adjunct to pharmacotherapeutic options. Available medications for GAD include benzodiazepine
, and antidepressants
. Although benzodiazepines are effective as short-term anxiolytics
, their use is compromised by a poor adverse event profile and, like buspirone, they lack the antidepressant efficacy important for addressing the comorbid depression experienced by many patients with GAD. Antidepressants, including paroxetine
and the serotonin
-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor venlafaxine
, are effective anxiolytics and resolve symptoms of depression in patients with GAD. The benefit of venlafaxine is sustained long term, enabling increased numbers of patients to attain remission from symptoms and experience restoration of normal functioning. Although further clinical studies are required to establish the use of psychosocial therapy in the treatment of GAD. preliminary results are encouraging. At present, the use of psychosocial therapy and second-generation antidepressants, such as some selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and venlafaxine, offer the best approach to attaining long-term benefit for patients with GAD.
Ididnotinhale added 7 Minutes and 33 Seconds later...
Cognitive therapy is becoming more and more prevalent and has been shown to be as effective as ssri's and benzos in the long term. Swim highly suggests swiys friend to find a cognitive therapist(not a normal therapist) and one that specializes in anxiety. If swiys friend doesn't click with the therapist, switch doctors. Cognitive therapy is far less likely to be effective if swiys friend does not click with ther doctor. Make swiys friend to commit to at least 6 weeks of treatment and they should notice a large improvement and without any side effects
You can read this article, it does a good job of explaining cognitive therapy: