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Hey Guys,

Does anyone know what doctors usually use to treat GAD and other panic disorders if they're not using anti-depressants (specifically SSRIs?).  Is there anything other than the benzos? I saw my pdoc for the first time today and he mentioned that he knows I'm unwilling to go the anti-depressant route again due to bad experiences, but made a comment about how there are some "alternatives." I would assume he's not talking benzos because most docs are really hesistant to give those to me...is there anything else?

Kelly

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Well, if they're talking meds, there's things like Buspar....that's all i can think of right now......

If they mean therapy, well, that does help. Espcially Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, where you practice actual techniques and coping mechanisms to deal with your anxiety.

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In addition to therapy, there are other medical treatments.

Some people find that beta-blockers are very useful, but the main drugs used for chronic anxiety disorders are ssri's and benzos.

Anti-psychotics are also useful in some cases - i personally take seroquel in addition to paxil for OCD, and it works well for me.

There are also a range of other drugs available.  To a search in www.crazymeds.us for more info.

Well, if they're talking meds, there's things like Buspar....that's all i can think of right now......

If they mean therapy, well, that does help. Espcially Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, where you practice actual techniques and coping mechanisms to deal with your anxiety.

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In addition to therapy, there are other medical treatments.

Some people find that beta-blockers are very useful, but the main drugs used for chronic anxiety disorders are ssri's and benzos.

Anti-psychotics are also useful in some cases - i personally take seroquel in addition to paxil for OCD, and it works well for me.

There are also a range of other drugs available.

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