Inpatient Anxiety Treatment South Florida - Mental Health Treatment in South Florida - Transformations Treatment Center
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Benzodiazepine use in the elderly is associated with an increased risk of falls, broken hips and legs, and car accidents. Long-term benzodiazepine use also increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Because they’re physically addicting and on their own and dangerous when combined with alcohol and other drugs, anyone with a current or former substance abuse problem should use benzodiazepines only with extreme caution.
Many medications originally approved for the treatment of depression are also prescribed for anxiety. In comparison to benzodiazepines, the risk for dependency and abuse is smaller.
However, antidepressants take up to 4 to 6 weeks to begin relieving anxiety symptoms, so they can’t be taken “as needed.” Their use is limited to chronic anxiety problems that require ongoing treatment.
SSRIs have been used to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Common side effects of SSRIs include:Fatigue, Nausea, Agitation, Drowsiness, Weight gain, Diarrhea, Insomnia, Sexual dysfunction, Nervousness, Headaches, Dry mouth, Increased sweating. Although physical dependence is not as quick to develop with antidepressants, withdrawal can still be an issue. If discontinued too quickly, antidepressant withdrawal can trigger symptoms such as extreme depression and fatigue, irritability, anxiety, flu-like symptoms, and insomnia.
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14000 S Military Trail, Delray Beach, FL 33484
FV9H+MC Delray Beach, Florida
Inpatient Anxiety Disorder Treatment in South Florida
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