Anxiety Disorders

Everyone experiences anxiety at one time or another. Feeling a little anxious is perfectly normal. Anxiety protects us and can help us cope with a worrying or perhaps dangerous situation. Anxiety is experienced as fear, the cause of which is difficult to pinpoint. This feeling is accompanied by symptoms.

It is natural to experience a certain level of anxiety on certain occasions, for example when you are going through a major life change like marriage or divorce. It's also normal to be anxious the night before an exam, when going for a job interview, or during a sports event. The anxiety is then linked to particular events and usually disappears as soon as life returns to its normal course.

Anxiety becomes a problem, however, when:

• it does not go away when the worrying situation returns to normal;

• it causes a significant level of distress;

• it is not linked to any life event, that is, it appears for no reason;

• it continually preoccupies the person;

• it prevents the person from functioning and acting normally at work, in society, or other areas of daily life.

Anxiety can then be a sign of the presence of one or the other of the anxiety disorders.

When to consult?

Do not wait until you are no longer able to do your usual activities to consult. If you have symptoms, you can consult certain organizations and associations working in the field of anxiety disorders. These offer information, help, and support.

However, see your family doctor or other healthcare professionals if you experience any of the following:

You live in distress;

You have difficulty fulfilling your social, professional, or family responsibilities.

A healthcare professional will be able to assess whether you have an anxiety disorder or another condition that has similar symptoms. To properly assess you, your doctor may need to check up on your physical condition or order lab tests. He will suggest a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

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Anxiety disorders are treatable illnesses. There are recognized treatments to treat these disorders. Treatments allow people with anxiety disorders to regain control over their lives and daily activities. The earlier a person sees, the better their chances of recovery.

In the majority of cases, anxiety disorders are treated effectively with self-care, group psychological education, intervention, psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of some of these treatments.

Medicines for anxiety:

Different drugs can be used to treat anxiety disorders, including antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs.

The action of antidepressants and anxiolytics

Antidepressants are drugs designed to fight depression. Rather, in the treatment of anxiety disorders, they are used to decrease symptoms of anxiety and help restore the chemical balance in the brain. They thus rebalance:

The emotions;




Anxiolytics are drugs designed to reduce symptoms of anxiety. They also help reduce stress and promote good sleep. Sleeping pills, which promote sleep, and tranquilizers, which reduce physical symptoms of stress, are examples of anxiolytics.

Recommendations for taking medication

If your doctor prescribes medication for you, you must take it carefully and follow the directions given.

You also need to be patient before you get results. This is because it can take some time to restore the brain's chemical balance, sometimes 4 to 8 weeks.

Even if you feel better, you should continue the treatment as prescribed to prevent your symptoms from coming back.

If you have any unwanted side effects from medication, see your pharmacist or doctor as soon as possible to discuss them. If necessary, your doctor may adjust your medication or recommend another medication.


The information contained on the site does not in any way replace the advice of a professional health resource. If you have any questions regarding your condition, consult a professional resource.