How Do I Know If I’m Dependent on My Anxiety Meds?

How Do I Know If I'm Dependent on My Anxiety Meds?According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), anxiety is a normal reaction to stress or stressful situations. Anxiety can take on many different forms, from depression and phobias to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Anxiety issues are something that many Americans must deal with on a daily basis, but some of these issues are more severe than others and require treatment and medication.

It is always difficult to know if you’ve become physically dependent on anti-depressant and anxiety medications. Generally, these medications are prescribed to be taken for a short period of time, and are not meant to be a prolonged treatment. They are, however, very powerful, and normally highly addictive.

Appropriate Medication to Treat Anxiety

Anxiety medication is often highly addictive and should be taken with precaution so as to avoid dependence and addiction. Always take medication in the dosage and frequency prescribed by a doctor, and see a doctor or specialist if at any time you feel uncomfortable about the amount of medication you are taking.

Risk of Anxiety Medications

Determining when you are becoming reliant on medication may not be simple. Anxiety medications are prescribed for specific issues and should not be stopped altogether, as this could cause sudden and dangerous side effects to your health.

The following symptoms may be helpful in determining whether or not you or a loved one is becoming dependent on or addicted to anxiety medication:

  • Reliance on medication to function
  • Raising the dose of the medication with a doctor
  • Taking the medication more often
  • Mixing multiple medications
  • Becoming obsessive about taking the medication

While these are not the only ways to see if dependence is developing, they can help. Do not simply stop taking medication for fear of addiction; contact your doctor or a specialist to help discuss options and resources to help.

Addiction Help

Anxiety is an issue that many people in the United States face on a daily basis. It is nothing to be ashamed of, and it is a condition that can be treated and handled in a healthy way. If you believe you or someone you love has become dependent on or addicted to the anxiety medication that has been prescribed to treat these issues, you are not alone.

Please call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator who can help connect you with the treatment options and resources that are best for you and your situation. Our lines are open 24 hours a day; please call now.