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Understanding How Anxiety Differs From Other Emotional Disorders

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Symptoms of anxiety occasionally are accompanied with others unrelated symptoms. Thus, you could have anxiety and also other emotional disorders. As a matter of fact, about half of those who suffer anxiety disorders eventually develop depression, especially if they are untreated. Telling apart the differences between anxiety and other psychological problems is essential because treatments may differ somewhat.

Depression: It may comparable to life in slow motion. You are no longer interested in activities that often bring you pleasure. You just feel sad. Often, you feel tired but can sleep fitfully. Your appetite often wane and your sexual urge may drop. Just like anxiety, you could find it difficult to focus or plan far ahead. However, unlike anxiety, depression often saps your motivation and drive.

Bipolar disorder: People with bipolar disorder often seesaw between ups and downs of their life. At times, they feel that they’re on top of the world. Often they believe their ideas are remarkably important and need very few sleep for nearly a week. They may feel as extraordinary individuals. They may invest in risky financial schemes, engage in sexual escapades, shop recklessly, or lose their good judgments in other ways. They may start working frantically while in the middle of critical projects or find ideas endlessly streaming through their mind. Eventually, they suddenly crash and burn and their moods turn sour and severe depression sets in.

Psychosis: Not only it can make you experience anxiety, but the symptoms also often profoundly disrupt your life. This disorder weaves hallucinations into our everyday life. For instance, some people see glimpses of shadowy figures or hear voices talking to them. Delusions are another feature of psychosis which distorts reality. Certain psychotic delusions include thinking that the NSA or CIA is tracking your everywhere. Other delusions involve exaggerated, grandiose beliefs, such as thinking you are chosen to rule the world or that you have an extraordinary mission to save the Earth from alien infiltration. If you believe you hear the cellphone ringing when you’re in the shower or drying your hair, only to find that it wasn’t, you are not psychotic. Many people occasionally see or hear trivial things that are not there. Psychosis is always a concern for those whose perceptions completely depart from reality. Luckily, anxiety disorders won’t lead to psychosis, in most cases.

Substance abuse: If people develop an addiction on alcohol or drugs, withdrawal may create severe anxiety. The symptoms of alcohol or drugs withdrawal include sweating, disrupted sleep, tremors, increased heartbeat, tension, and agitation. Even so, if these symptoms appear only in response to an early cessation of substance use, it doesn’t constitute an anxiety disorder. People with anxiety disorders occasionally abuse substances in an ill-conceived attempt to curb their anxiety. If you assume you have a case of anxiety, be very cautious about your use of alcohol or drugs. Talk to an expert if you have concerns.

Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Benzodiazepines are psychoactive drugs that act by enhancing the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid in the brain. Benzodiazepines commonly result in effects of sedation, muscle relaxant and anxiolytic action. Common benzodiazepines found are diazepam, clonazepam and alprazolam; prescription drugs for anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal and other uses are not uncommon medical uses for benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are rarely used as recreational drugs however it is possible to build up tolerance to the prescription drugs and that can lead to abuse. Benzodiazepine abstinence can cause severe withdrawals symptoms categorized under benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome.

Effects of Benzodiazepine withdrawal include:

Blurred vision
Aches and pains
Increased sensory sensitivity
Gastric problems
Muscle Spasms
Potentially fatal convulsions
Potentially fatal catatonia

Withdrawal symptoms as shown can act on both a physical and psychological level. Because of this it is not uncommon for the users to engage in addict drug-seeking behaviors by lying to the prescribing doctors in order to obtain more medications than needed or to compensate for an abuse by self-increasing their dosage. If someone feels they are building a tolerance to prescribed medications they should consult their doctor immediately and do not increase dosage without medical advice to do so.

A doctor may advise slowly reducing the dosage of the medication until eventual abstinence. This tapering off method won’t completely alleviate all withdrawal symptoms but will reduce the severity that would be felt from quitting cold turkey.Due to the severity of the withdrawal symptoms listed it is highly recommended for anyone attempting to become abstinent from benzodiazepines to do so under the medical care and attention of an addiction treatment center, whether a detoxification facility or a rehabilitation facility.

In an in-patient facility the user will be monitored closely by medical staff and is much safer than attempting abstinence by oneself due to the potentially fatal withdrawals. Doctors at a facility will be able to prescribe non-addictive medications to help alleviate the severity of withdrawal symptoms and prevent any permanent psychological damage that can be caused by the withdrawal process. Traditional rehab takes anywhere from 30 to 90 days of treatment.

Therapy will also be offered to allow those with any underlying issues to process and resolve these issues. Therapy will teach relapse prevention methods and acts a guide for how to live in the future without using benzodiazepines. This allows for a better base towards recovery when leaving the facility and creates a bigger chance of continued abstinence from benzodiazepines.

There is also a relatively new treatment method for benzodiazepine abuse. The Waismann Method, normally associated with opiates, is now available as the Waismann Method of Accelerated Benzodiazepine Neuro-Regulation. The Waismann method consists of putting a patient under light anesthesia and cleansing the body and brain of traces of benzodiazepines. This allows withdrawal symptoms to start and alleviate within hours and requires minimal conscious feeling of withdrawals. This method normally takes between 5 to 7 days and the user can return to normal life much faster than traditional methods of treatment.