Anxiety Research Paper

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Anxiety affects around forty percent of adults and ten percent of teenagers. Have you ever experienced an anxiety attack? Do you even know what an anxiety attack feels like? When suffering from an anxiety attack, your heart will race, you may experience shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, dizziness, and fear. Many people that suffer from anxiety seek treatment; of those people, many take anti-anxiety medicines. These medicines include Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors, Benzodiazepines, Tricyclic Antidepressants. These medicines can affect mood and have serious side effects. Some medicines—if taken often enough—can cause the patient to feel drunk. There are other ways to handle anxiety other than taking medication, such as talking to a psychiatrist. Some psychiatrists, however, will prescribe medication if they feel it necessary, but those who suffer anxiety should try self-help before resorting to medication because medication only treats the symptoms of anxiety and the …show more content…
When suffering from anxiety, medication can help someone relax and not feel anxious by lowering brain function or decreasing the amount of dopamine that is being released (Smith). These medicines work fairly fast so that one suffering from anxiety can continue with their normal lives until the medicine wears off. On the other hand, when I am suffering from anxiety—when my heart races, my hands shake, and I find it hard to breathe—I try to find a way to calm myself down by closing my eyes, taking deep breaths, and talking to someone. Instead of taking medicine that will eventually wear off, I try to stop feeling anxious in a way that will last. By taking deep breaths, counting to ten, talking to a friend, or just taking a minute to meditate, I find it easier to relax for a longer period of time than if I were to take medication (Anxiety and Depression Association of