Anxiety Disorders

Frequently Asked Questions

13. How is medication used for anxiety disorders?

The main medications used for anxiety disorders are antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and beta-blockers. Medication does not necessarily cure anxiety disorders, but it often reduces the symptoms. Be aware that some medications are effective only if they are taken regularly and that symptoms may recur if the medication is stopped.

Medication typically must be prescribed by a doctor. A psychiatrist is a doctor who specializes in mental disorders. Many psychiatrists offer psychotherapy themselves or work as a team with psychologists, social workers, or counselors who provide psychotherapy.

(Please note that any information on this website regarding medications for anxiety disorders is provided for educational purposes only and may be outdated. Information about medications changes frequently.)