4 Signs You Might Benefit From Taking Anti-Anxiety Medication


Interview with Dr. Colleen Cira:

Dr. Colleen Cira is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist a trauma and anxiety expert, clinical supervisor, writer, speaker, consultant, and activist. She has been published numerously offering practical advice and tips to those seeking self-help.

Talking Points from Dr. Cira on
4 Signs You Might Benefit From Taking
Anti-Anxiety Medication:

1) You are having a difficult time just doing life.
  • You might be so stressed out at work that it’s hard to think, having panic attacks with regularity where you lose time during your day to deal with them and recover, it may be difficult to get out of bed every day because you are so filled with dread or your worry may be causing problems with your partner, friends or family.

  • If just functioning in a very baseline way has become difficult, medication might help.
2) You’re in therapy, but unable to do the things you need to do to feel better.
  • Research is clear: a combination of medication and therapy is the most effective way to feel better, but oftentimes people want to try therapy first, which is understandable as medicine is no joke.
  • But when you aren’t able to do the things that therapy requires of you—show up consistently, talk about and explore difficult things, make small changes—it might be time for a psychiatric consultation.

 

3) You’ve tried everything to feel better . . . and you just don’t.
  • You’ve read every self-help book, done a bunch of anxiety workbooks, tried changing up your diet, added exercise to your routine, reduced or eliminated caffeine . . . but you’re still anxious. 
  • When you’ve done everything you can think to do and you still feel terrible, that means you need some professional help.
4) You experience a lot of physical discomfort when you’re really anxious.
  • Anxiety (and depression . . . and a host of other mental health conditions) often show up in the body. 
  • You might experience muscle tension, abdominal distress, racing heart, drastic body temperature changes and GI issues. Medication is most effective at reducing the physical symptoms of anxiety. 
  • (Please note that medication will not do a THING for your anxious thoughts . . . you need therapy to work on that to make the anxiety go away longterm)

These are some of the ideas I have and scenarios I have encountered when trying to help a client make the decision about medication.  I would be happy to talk further to elaborate on these ideas and discuss others.

 

Available for Interviews: Dr. Colleen Cira

Dr. Colleen D. Cira, Psy.D. received both her Masters and Doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and has been practicing in the field since 2001. Dr. Cira is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Founder and Executive Director of Cira Center for Behavioral Health, PC a boutique group practice with locations in Chicago and Oak Park that specializes in Women’s Issues/Health and Trauma. Dr. Cira is a trauma and anxiety expert, clinical supervisor, writer, speaker, consultant, activist, wife, and Mommy to two little ones.


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