It is not unusual for a person to experience stress and anxiety. Most people can deal with the minor stresses of life without using antianxiety agents. However, when the degree of anxiety increases to the point of causing social and/or economic impairment, the attending physician may decide to prescribe an antianxiety agent. It should be remembered that the antianxiety agent will calm the patient, but the drug cannot remove the cause of anxiety. Often the antianxiety therapy is combined with counseling or therapy to help the patient deal with the stress and anxiety.
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