1. Benzodiazepines are effective in the treatment of panic disorder. An advantage of the benzodiazepines is their quick onset of action relative to alternative agents, making them the only option for managing acutely distressed patients.

2. The principal drawback of benzodiazepines, particularly short-acting medications such as alprazolam (Xanax), is their ability to produce physical dependency, manifested by a withdrawal syndrome on abrupt discontinuation.

3. Benzodiazepines are considered an appropriate first-line treatment when rapid symptom relief is needed; however, discontinuation difficulties have relegated these medications to a second-line consideration. The most common use for benzodiazepines is to stabilize severe initial symptoms until another treatment (e.g., an SSRI or cognitive behavioral therapy) becomes effective.

References: See page 195.

Do Not Panic

Do Not Panic

This guide Don't Panic has tips and additional information on what you should do when you are experiencing an anxiety or panic attack. With so much going on in the world today with taking care of your family, working full time, dealing with office politics and other things, you could experience a serious meltdown. All of these things could at one point cause you to stress out and snap.

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