The simple, uncomplicated truth is: THERE IS NO “ANTI-ANXIETY” MEDICINE THAT CURES ANXIETY. It doesn’t exist. Yet, physicians will prescribe all sorts of major medications with significantly bad side effects and keep prescribing them for YEARS… with no resolution of the underlying emotional source of the problem: unresolved emotional or unconscious fears/tension/worry. Medications can’t fix that. All they will do is temporarily “numb” you out, but then again, so would a stiff martini.
And you should absolutely be looking for a CURE, not a temporary reduction in your anxiety.
So since there isn’t any drug that will CURE anxiety, and the most they will do is temporarily “treat” the anxiety by giving you mainly narcotics that reduce your awareness and lower your responses to your stressors, medications would not be my first choice.
If you assume that most people are stressed by how they PERCEIVE their life situations, and how they RESPOND to those situations, not necessarily the situations themselves, you begin to see the holistic and successful way out of anxiety. If you believe it’s always the people, circumstances, and situations that stress you out, you’re forever trapped, because there is no end of those. And, we can’t control external things like that.
However, we can learn to control our RESPONSES to those “stressors” much better and when you do that, you have an answer to most anxiety issues.
Two people faced with the exact same situation can often have completely different responses to it. So that tells us that it really can’t be true that “this situation” always makes us feel “that way”. If you can expand your imagination to consider that you can control your responses, then you have a successful strategy for being happy and calm!