Medicating Anxiety: Should I take Anxiety Pills? Pros, Cons, Side Effects, and Consequences

Medication can play an important role in overcoming anxiety, particularly in helping to cope with the symptoms of anxiety. The approach this book has suggested is that we should face our anxiety and fears in order to change the structure and function of the brain, along with our thinking and behaviour. Build a solid foundation, calm the mind, deal with action thoughts and feelings, and take action.  Avoiding situations or tasks that make us anxious keeps us stuck in old patterns. When we do this life can become a vicious circle of anxiety-based thinking behaviour.  Medication can help us to cope at times, but it isn’t designed to change our brain, the way we think, or what actions we take. It is normally used to remove or reduce severe suffering in the short-term.  

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Living in the Wrong Age  —  Why Modern Life Creates Anxious Brains

While modern life can intensify our anxiety, the building blocks for our struggle with anxiety can be found way back in the past with some of our earliest descendants. This is because there was only one goal for our early ancestors — survival — and we developed to survive above everything else. Being happy wasn’t a consideration to the evolutionary forces that shaped our early behaviours; the main aim was for us to survive long enough to mate and reproduce. Life beyond survival and reproduction didn’t matter.

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