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What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress and is perfectly normal when experienced in low doses. Anxiety can be brought on by all different kinds of stressors from work to relationships or money. Everyone handles stress differently, but when anxiety levels exceed what’s appropriate for a given situation or don’t subside over time, an anxiety disorder may be to blame. Anxiety disorders are the most common form of emotional disorder and with the help of a professional, anxiety is treatable.
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When it comes to anxiety treatment, PlushCare maintains a 97% patient satisfaction rating. You can speak with a top doctor from your phone or computer, get diagnosed and prescribed anxiety medication in 15 minutes.
Our doctors can also connect you with one of our top therapists for anxiety treatment. Our doctors and therapists work together to create a custom treatment plan that meets your needs. PlushCare only employs doctors who are graduates of top 50 U.S. medical schools and our therapists have an average of 10 years of experience. We’re really proud of the care we offer.
How Do I Know if I Have an Anxiety Disorder?
The APA describes a person with an anxiety disorder as “having recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns.” In order for anxiety to be considered disordered it must interfere with daily life and disrupt or prevent your usual flow of activities. Take our anxiety quiz here to learn what your first step towards anxiety treatment should be.
What are the Symptoms of Anxiety?
Common symptoms of anxiety are irritability, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, overwhelming feelings of worry, feeling like you are “on edge,” increased blood pressure and heart rate. All symptoms of anxiety are 100% treatable when addressed by a medical or mental health professional.
What is the Best Treatment for Anxiety?
The best anxiety treatment is typically a combination of talk therapy, medication and other mindfulness techniques and lifestyle changes that can help you live anxiety free. That said, anxiety treatment will be different for everyone and depends on the severity of your condition, medical history, and any other medications you may be taking.
Can You Treat Anxiety Online?
Yes, anxiety can be diagnosed and treated online by PlushCare’s top doctors. During your video consultation with a doctor, you will discuss your symptoms, medical history and any current medications you take. Together, you and the doctor will create a comprehensive treatment plan, including necessary prescriptions that are not classified as a controlled substance. Our top online therapists can also help treat anxiety online via virtual therapy sessions.
Can an Online Doctor Prescribe Anxiety Medication?
Yes, an online doctor can prescribe anxiety medication that is not classified as a controlled substance. Your PlushCare doctor will work with you to determine which anxiety medication is best for your treatment plan and will closely monitor your progress.
What Anxiety Medication Cannot be Prescribed Online?
Online doctors at PlushCare cannot write prescriptions for controlled substances such as Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan and lorazepam. Please note this is not a complete list of anxiety medications that cannot be prescribed online.
How Do I Ask My Doctor For Anxiety Medication?
Initiating a conversation with your doctor about anxiety medication can be intimidating. The best approach is to be direct, explain your anxiety symptoms, what triggers your anxiety and why you think medication may help. Remember the doctor is there to help you.
Be Direct and Specific; Ask Your Doctor to Do the Same
Don’t waste time being vague about what you’re seeking help for. Be direct and specific about what symptoms you’ve been struggling with and for how long. Also be sure to mention whether you’ve spoken to a therapist. Ask your doctor to be direct and specific in return.
Ask Why They Recommend a Specific Medication and if Other Options Are Available
Some doctors may have a specific medication they start most of their anxiety patients on because they feel it has the highest effectiveness with the fewest side effects.
Other doctors may take a variety of factors into consideration before recommending a specific medication.
Always ask your doctor why they recommend the medication they did and if other options might be more appropriate for you.
Ask Your Doctor How Long They Think You’ll Need the Medication
How long will you need to take this medication? A few weeks? A few months? A few years? As needed? Forever? The answer will vary depending on your symptoms, health history, and the medication prescribed.
Can You Request Anxiety Medication Online?
Yes, you can request anxiety medication online following a virtual medical consultation with a licensed doctor. Your physician will review your symptoms, medical history, and current medications in order to determine the right course of treatment for you.
Is Anxiety Medication Available Over The Counter?
No. Anxiety medications are only available by prescription after consultation and evaluation with a doctor. Book an appointment with a PlushCare doctor for evaluation and diagnosis, and to discuss a treatment plan for your anxiety. If our doctors think that you may benefit from a prescription after an online medical evaluation, they will electronically send one to the pharmacy of your choice. They can also assist with referrals for psychotherapy.
What Are Anxiety Attack Medications?
The term anxiety attack refers to overwhelming symptoms of anxiety. According to the DSM-5, anxiety is defined as excessive worry occurring more days than not, for at least 6 months. Anxiety attack medications can ease symptoms of a sudden anxiety attack.
What is The Best Medication for Panic Attacks and Anxiety?
There are several anxiety attack medications, and what works best for you is completely personal.
Benzodiazepines are a fast acting class of controlled substances that may help to quickly ease symptoms of an anxiety attack. However, they will not prevent them in the future. Our doctors are unable to write prescriptions for benzodiazepines as they are classified as a controlled substances. Benzodiazepines have potential for addiction and abuse and can lead to overdose.
SSRIs are also considered top medications for anxiety attacks and are commonly prescribed. With long term use, they have the potential to prevent panic and anxiety attacks.
The top SSRI medications for anxiety attacks are:
SSRIs are highly effective at preventing anxiety attacks and come with less risks for addiction and abuse than benzodiazepines. Online doctors are able to prescribe all SSRIs during a virtual video appointment, assuming prescription medication is necessary for treatment. Book an appointment with one of our doctors to see which is best for you.
What Are Side Effects of Anxiety Attack Medications?
A few side effects caused by anxiety medications include:
These are just a few examples of common side effects in certain medications for anxiety attacks.
Each different anti-anxiety medication has its own list of potential side effects, and even then, each individual may experience none of them, some of them, or all of them. This is why it is so important to discuss anti-anxiety medications with your doctor or pharmacist, understand the risks, and be open to trying a new medication if the first one you try doesn’t work out.
How Can I Stop Sleep Anxiety?
Sleep anxiety, also called Somniphobia, is when a person experiences feelings of anxiety, stress, and fear around sleep. One specific type of therapy and counseling, called cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), is especially effective at dealing with anxiety and sleep anxiety in particular. CBT works to change both thinking patterns and behaviors to help manage symptoms of anxiety.
Note About Anxiety Medication and Prescriptions
Medications are prescribed at the sole discretion of a PlushCare physician. Prescriptions for non-controlled substances can only be written after a medical evaluation. Scheduling an appointment does not guarantee that a medication can or will be prescribed.
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