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From the ADI network site:
Anti-anxiety agents, such as Ativan, Xanax, and Klonopin: These are the agents of choice for starting anxiety management. More research is now available on Klonopin, Rivotril, (clonazepam).
Many "primary care" physicians (GPs) have not been trained in the anxiety disorders and see these medications as being "addictive". However, these medications are NOT addictive for people with clinical anxiety disorders. Over three dozen research studies report that people with clinical anxiety disorders do not become drug addicts as a result of temporary anti-anxiety use. These medications can be very helpful for people with social phobia. Find a psychiatrist who understands this. These medications are tolerated well and almost always help. There are few side effects (e.g., tiredness at first) and they work quickly. There seems to be more research support for the use of Ativan (lorazepam) and Klonopin (clonazepam) in the treatment of social anxiety than the other anti-anxiety medications.

If a professional tells a person with a definable, DSM-IV anxiety disorder that the anti-anxiety agents may prove addictive to them, the professional (a) is not aware of research in the area of anxiety, and (b) should probably not be treating you. The anti-anxiety agents work, they are safe, and people with anxiety disorders typically stay on a low dosage when going through CBT. These medications are nothing to worry about. When stopping anti-anxiety use, it is necessary to taper off the medication slowly, by reducing the dose gradually over a period of 3 to 4 weeks.






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