Most people will experience anxiety at some point in their lives. For some it’s public speaking, while for others it’s taking a test you didn’t prepare for. For the rest of us it’s the conglomeration of life’s toughest curveballs, and sometimes the fear overwhelms us to the point that it interferes with our ability to fulfill our obligations. Most people pass through these phases as just another season of life. For some, this anxiety is so debilitating that they need medical intervention.
Dangerous (yet widely prescribed) drugs are Benzodiazepines: Valium, Ativan, Xanax and Klonopin. When mixed with alcohol these drugs can stop you from breathing. If they are taken while in a hot tub or bath you could fall asleep and drown. Many celebrity deaths can be attributed to these drugs. Some people rely on other things to self medicate including illicit drugs and alcohol. This can make using and getting pharmaceutical drugs difficult and dangerous.
Pills can’t replace people. I would argue that everyone needs a mentor; someone they trust and respect. A person to vent their fears and frustrations to. We used to rely on teachers, parents, siblings, and friends for this role. Nowadays therapists fill these roles for many people. Cognitive Behavior Therapy should be the first line of treatment for anxiety and PTSD. Sadly, money is the barrier to treatment. The typical therapist costs $100 a session and insurance may or may not cover it once the deductible is met. On the other hand many, generic benzodiazepine drugs cost about $10 a month.