You've probably heard of Xanax as an excellent anxiolytic, but it is also a muscle relaxant. Despite this reputation for effectiveness, many doctors are still reluctant to prescribe it because it has side effects. If this is the case with your GP, you will have to show him that you really need Xanax to fight your anxiety.
Part 1 of 3: convincing a doctor or psychiatrist
Step 1. Talk to your doctor about your anxiety
Anxiety can sometimes be a symptom of an underlying condition. This is the reason why your GP will ask you questions and give you a auscultation. Anxiety can be caused, for example, by a very real neurological problem, but it can also be a side effect of a medication you are taking.
Step 2. Describe all of your symptoms
It is always difficult to describe anxiety and the fallout it can have, but to make a proper diagnosis your doctor needs to know everything. The ideal would be to keep a detailed diary of your dark periods by specifying your negative thoughts and the impact they had on your daily life (inability to appreciate the present time, difficulty in going out).
Step 3. Ask to see a psychiatrist
After the auscultation, your doctor will certainly recommend a psychiatrist, as he or she is in the best position to prescribe the right medications, even if a general practitioner is able to prescribe Xanax. If the latter forgot to write you a letter of recommendation, don't forget to remind him.
Step 4. Describe your symptoms to the psychiatrist
Faced with the latter, you will once again have to explain your symptoms in detail. Don't forget to mention what impact this anxiety has on your social or professional life.
Faced with the psychiatrist, you must feel that you are on the ground of confidence in order to be able to say everything, dialogue is essential. If the current does not pass, it is better to change the practitioner
Step 5. Get a prescription for you
You will have to show a little subtlety, otherwise the practitioner will believe that you came to see him only to be prescribed Xanax. However, it is not forbidden to ask for the medicine you want.
- So you could slip in a sentence like, "I've heard about Xanax and I've been told the most to cure anxiety." What do you think ? "
- Don't start your visit by tackling the issue of prescribing Xanax head-on. Start by describing your symptoms properly, at his request, then drop him a line on a possible prescription for Xanax.
Step 6. Ask for Xanax for better sleep
It’s one way of making the doctor in front of you flex. Tell her that you are having trouble sleeping because of this anxiety. It is true that some people take it before going to bed. Again, don't broach the question at the outset. Begin by describing your insomnia problem well, then drop him a line on a possible prescription for Xanax.
Part 2 of 3: Recognize the signs of anxiety
Step 1. Know the different states of an anxious person
More often than not, the person sees everything in black, nothing is right and nothing can ever go the way they want, no matter what they do. There is another symptom, that of regular panics during somewhat complex situations.
- Some people still feel like they are living on a razor's edge and it would take nothing for everything to tip the wrong way.
- Other people experience real panic attacks, triggered by a fear that seems unmanageable to them at the time.
Step 2. Look for any abnormal signs of nervousness or helplessness
Everyone experiences anxiety at one time or another, but when it is permanent and becomes overwhelming in everyday life, the problem is serious and needs to be taken care of. When the anxiety has been ongoing for more than a year, then it is time to take it to your doctor.
Step 3. Watch for the physical symptoms of this anxiety
The latter is not confined to the only mental sphere, there are also very marked physical symptoms. You may have tremors, you sweat in some stressful situations, you have trouble breathing normally. The heart can also race in a panic. In other cases, you feel very tired or you are not able to concentrate on what you are doing. As you can see, the symptoms are as numerous as they are varied.
There are other symptoms like digestive problems, dizziness, headache or chest pain
Step 4. Evaluate the impact of your anxiety on your life
It can happen that we are anxious and that we know a particular symptom, but if everything is in order quickly, there is nothing to worry about. On the other hand, if anxiety disrupts your daily life, to the point of polarizing your thoughts or preventing you from taking action, you may be a victim of anxiety disorders.
Step 5. Realize that anxiety can take many different forms
Depending on your disorder, anxiety will vary in its form. Likewise, the triggers for anxiety vary from person to person. In some cases, there is not even a trigger.
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by a state of constant and excessive worry, even during calm periods.
- Panic disorder is defined as repeating panic attacks (brief or long), some of which occur unexpectedly.
- Social phobia is based on the fear of being systematically judged by others for what you say or do. The result is that you no longer dare to do anything in public for fear of being criticized.
- Specific phobias (or phobic disorders) are fears triggered by a place (elevator), a living being (spiders) or a situation (getting on a plane), all of which are not systematically dangerous in themselves.
Part 3 of 3: Understand what Xanax is
Step 1. Know what Xanax is
It is first of all a sedative. It belongs to the class of benzodiazepines, molecules which act on the central nervous system.
Xanax acts on the nervous system, which is why it is often referred to as a tranquilizer. In fact, it acts on certain neurotransmitters, which has the consequence of slowing down neural connections, the brain is sort of "numb"
Step 2. Understand why Xanax is prescribed
Most often, Xanax is prescribed to combat anxiety. It can also be given in cases of panic disorder, although paradoxically, you can have panic attacks while being quite relaxed. This is why some doctors are reluctant to prescribe it. In low doses, it is prescribed as a sleeping pill.
- Xanax can cut short or greatly reduce these panic attacks.
- Xanax can help overcome certain predictable stressful situations, such as an exam or a public lecture. The doctor will then prescribe the right dosage for this particular situation to go as well as possible.
- This medication treats the symptoms and not the cause of anxiety, it does not cure anxiety disorders. Make an appointment with your doctor to start treatment for long-term anxiety.
Step 3. Understand your doctor's reluctance to prescribe Xanax
You can become dependent on this medicine for the long term. As is often the case with this type of product, some people abuse it and end up overdosing.
- Xanax should never be stopped suddenly if you take it for a long time. You should always take it under the supervision of a doctor. If you take it as you want, you will run into real problems, such as tremors, prolonged sweating, growing nervousness when it is lacking, sometimes even seizures.
- Xanax temporarily calms anxiety and limits panic attacks, but it is a drug that only works for the short term, occasionally. It allows you, for example, to overcome a limited anxiety-provoking situation. It is by no means a basic treatment. For this, see your general practitioner who will set up specific treatment so that your life is as normal as possible.