Nobody seems to have a good word to say about anti-anxiety medications. So many are more concerned with the side effects (rarely felt but frequently imagined) rather than the relief they bring. We can partly blame the pharmaceutical companies for that: every carton of meds contains a leaflet listing dozens and dozens of possible side effects: they do it to cover themself for legal reasons I think.
Some people with anxiety disorder refuse to take medications because they say they don't want to become addicted. But you can come off meds any time you want no matter how long you've been on them so long as you taper them off gradually over several weeks or even a couple of months.
Others start taking anti-anxiety meds and then complain they're feeling worse even though it takes up to 4 weeks for the meds to take effect.
I am very much of the opinion that fear of anti-anxiety meds is just another irrational and unnecessary fear caused by anxiety. Of course, nobody wants to be on medication all their life, we all want to feel fine without relying on meds. But for thousands of people experiencing the absolute misery of anxiety medications have an important part to play, specially if you have family commitments to consider and a job to hold down.
Meds can provide a welcome 'holiday' from suffering and can be used to study and practice self help techniques to protect you from anxiety when you and your doctor decide it's time to taper off the dosage. Whether used as a continual course or just as one-offs when needed, anti-anxiety meds have a major part to play in recovery from anxiety disorder: something that previous generations never had. We are lucky enough to be living in the first era that such relief has been available. It is time for everyone to Accept the tremendous benefits that anti-anxiety meds offer and include them without reservations when appropriate.