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i suffer from severe general anxiety disorder, would i be ok

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i suffer from severe general anxiety disorder, would i be ok to be prescribed xanax for only when they are needed.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
Hello
Not sure what your medical question is.
Your doctor can prescribe xanax short term, while you are stabilizing on the correct med, which would be an SSRI, SNRI or a few other choices....
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

my doctor says that i am to young and is not needed, should i go somewhere else?

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
OK
I understand
Yes, see a psychiatrist.
It can be used while it takes 3 to 6 weeks to stabilize on the other med.
As back up.
In terms of integrative medicine, there are a number of processes that feed anxiety.
Inflammation is one.
An anti inflammatory diet can help this.
The diet, in order of preference in quantity, should look like this
leafy greens
green veggies
other veggies
whole fruit, beans and peas
Whole grains no yeasted breads, dry cereals or anything refined
Seeds and nuts, but cut out seeds if you have any diverticulosis.
A little tofu or tempeh daily
A little high quality soy or coconut milk yogurt
The soluble fiber in this strategy will stabilized colon function in about 6 to 8 weeks, then about 2 or three helpings of animal foods a week, preferably fish, can be added back.
See the book Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, for instructions on this type of diet.
In addition, your thyroid needs to be tested with a blood test
TSH should be between .3 and 3.
Outside of those parameters is problematic.
Magnesium levels should be checked. Almost all anxiety patients are relatively low in magnesium. Below 2.5, supplement, with your doctors guidance.
Exercise regularly.
Get cognitive behavioral therapy from a PHD clinical psychologist. This can even avoid the meds.
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