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How Addictive Are Xanax, Valium, and Other Benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs used to treat seizures, anxiety, muscle tension, sleep problems, and other conditions. They are sometimes used to treat panic attacks. Overdosing on benzodiazepines is rarely fatal, but these drugs can cause fairly severe physical dependence and addiction after even short-term use. They should only be used as prescribed. …

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Nonaddictive Medications for Anxiety

There are a number of nonaddictive medications on the market that have been proven effective for the treatment of anxiety. (Learn more: Why Should I Choose Nonaddictive Medications to Treat Anxiety?) From antidepressant medications to specific drugs that treat insomnia or other specific symptoms related to anxiety, there are ways to use pharmacological assistance while …

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Treatment for Bipolar Disorder: Medications and Remedies

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by episodes of mania and depression. Mania is when a person feels elated, energized, and may have difficulty sitting still or acting rationally. A depressive episode is when a person feels a sense of sadness and/or hopelessness. Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition, but it can be treated …

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Treatment for PTSD: Most Effective Medications and Remedies

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after a traumatic event. A person with the disorder cannot fully return from the fight-or-flight response that is associated with the trauma. While PTSD is often caused by serious violence, some people can develop it after the natural death of a loved one or even after an incident that …

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Guide to Mental Health (& Online Treatment or Therapy)

Mental health describes the state of a person’s thoughts, feelings, and actions being in harmony. (Learn More) If this is disrupted, for reasons of genetics, environment, substance use, or other factors, the person is often driven to compulsively harmful behavior. (Learn More) There are many kinds of mental illnesses, but some of the most common …

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Guide to Depression Treatment Advancements in 2019

Because of the prevalence of treatment-resistant depression and concerns that many standard forms of depression medication are ineffective or potentially abused, there has been ongoing research to find new ways of addressing major depression. (Learn More) One potential treatment is ketamine, a dissociative anesthetic that helps the brain produce serotonin. (Learn More) Another is psilocybin, …

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Guide to Telepsychiatry: Is It for You?

Telepsychiatry is the use of smartphones and computers to conduct mental health evaluations, consultations, and therapy over long distances. (Learn More) Research has found that telepsychiatry increases access to mental health services for people who might not otherwise be seen by a therapist. (Learn More) Telepsychiatry is as effective as in-person treatment, and it may …

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