Most people feel anxious at some point in their lives, and the feeling often goes away by itself. An anxiety disorder is different. If you’ve been diagnosed with one, you may need help managing anxiety. Treatment typically consists of psychotherapy and medication.
While drugs do not cure anxiety, they can help you manage your symptoms, so you can function well and feel better in your day-to-day life.
Many types of medications are available. Because every person is different, you and your doctor may have to try several medications to find the right one for you.
Benzodiazepines are sedatives that can help relax your muscles and calm your mind. They work by increasing the effects of certain neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that relay messages between your brain cells.
Examples of these drugs include: