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Understanding generalized anxiety and panic disorders

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. But anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder, are different because they involve excessive fear and anxiety. They’re some of the most common mental health disorders and affect more than 25 million Americans.

It’s important to know that there are a variety of treatments that may help people with anxiety disorders lead normal and productive lives.


  • Managing anxiety disorders is not a journey you have to take alone

    As with any illness, the first step to managing anxiety disorders is to talk to a doctor. There are effective treatments for these conditions that are available. These can include learning management techniques through therapy, group therapy, and medication.

    Only use anxiety medication as directed by a doctor.


  • Use of medication for anxiety disorders should be taken as seriously as the condition itself
    • Taking benzodiazepines with opioid medicines, alcohol, or other central nervous system depressants (including street drugs) can cause severe drowsiness, breathing problems (respiratory depression), coma, and death.
      • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how taking XANAX with opioids affects you.
    • There is a risk of abuse, misuse, and addiction with XANAX, which can lead to overdose and serious side effects including coma and death.
    • Do not suddenly stop taking XANAX. XANAX can cause physical dependence and withdrawal reactions. Stopping XANAX suddenly can cause serious and life-threatening side effects.

    Take XANAX exactly as your healthcare provider prescribed.

    • Do not take more XANAX than prescribed or take XANAX for longer than prescribed.
    • Do not share your XANAX with other people.
    • Keep XANAX in a safe place and away from children.

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