Anxiety. It’s a word that can encompass a wide range of experiences, from everyday worries to intense panic attacks. If you’re struggling with anxiety, you’re not alone. Millions of people around the world experience anxiety in some form.

While anxiety can be disruptive, there are steps you can take to manage it and find peace of mind. 

Here, we’ll explore some common anxiety medication options, coping mechanisms like the 3-3-3 rule, and the importance of therapy in your journey towards feeling calmer and more in control.

What are the Most Common Medications Prescribed for Anxiety?

If you’ve spoken with a doctor about your anxiety, they may have discussed anxiety medication as part of your treatment plan. It’s important to remember that medication is just one piece of the puzzle.  

Here are some of the most commonly prescribed types of anxiety medication:

  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs): These medications work by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in mood regulation. SSRIs are typically the first-line medication for anxiety disorders and can take several weeks to show their full effects.
  • Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs): Similar to SSRIs, SNRIs affect both serotonin and norepinephrine levels in the brain. This can be helpful for people who experience anxiety alongside symptoms of depression.
  • Buspirone: This medication works differently from SSRIs and SNRIs. It targets specific receptors in the brain that are involved in anxiety. Buspirone is often used for generalized anxiety disorder and may take a few weeks to become fully effective.

Remember: This is not an exhaustive list, and only a qualified medical professional can determine the right course of treatment for you.  

Anxiety medication should never be started without a doctor’s supervision.

The 3-3-3 Rule for Anxiety: A Simple Technique for Calming Your Mind

Sometimes, anxiety can feel overwhelming in the moment.  In these situations, it can be helpful to have a quick and easy tool to bring yourself back to center.  The 3-3-3 rule is a simple grounding technique that can help you refocus your attention and manage anxiety in the short term. 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Look Around You: Find three things you can see in your environment. Notice the details: the color of a flower, the intricate design of a building, or the way sunlight dances on the leaves.
  2. Listen Carefully: Focus on three sounds you can hear. It could be the hum of the refrigerator, the chirping of birds, or even your own breath.
  3. Move Three Body Parts: Slowly move three different parts of your body, like your toes, your fingers, or your shoulders. Pay attention to the physical sensations of movement.

By engaging your senses in the present moment, the 3-3-3 rule can help interrupt anxious thoughts and bring a sense of calm.

What is the Most Effective Treatment for Anxiety?

The most effective treatment for anxiety often combines different approaches. Anxiety medication can be a valuable tool, but it’s important to remember that it works best alongside therapy.

A therapist can teach you coping mechanisms, help you identify and address underlying triggers, and provide support as you develop healthier ways of managing anxiety. Some common types of therapy for anxiety include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy.

How to Deal With Severe Anxiety

If you’re experiencing severe anxiety, it’s crucial to seek professional help. A doctor can assess your symptoms and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. This may include anxiety medication, therapy, or a combination of both.

In the meantime, here are some additional tips that can help you cope with severe anxiety:

  • Practice relaxation techniques: Techniques like deep breathing, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation can help calm your nervous system and ease anxiety symptoms.
  • Focus on self-care: Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly. These lifestyle habits can significantly impact your overall well-being and resilience to anxiety.
  • Connect with loved ones: Social support is essential for managing anxiety. Surround yourself with positive and understanding people who can listen and offer encouragement.

Remember, you’re not alone.  

Anxiety is a common condition, and there is help available. With the right support system, effective treatment strategies, and a commitment to self-care, you can find lasting relief from anxiety and live a fulfilling life.


If you’re struggling with anxiety, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. A doctor can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include anxiety medication as part of a comprehensive approach. 

Remember, medication is a tool, and therapy is often the key to unlocking long-term relief. By combining these approaches with healthy lifestyle choices and self-care strategies, you can manage your anxiety and live a life filled with peace and joy.

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Remember, you are strong, capable, and deserving of feeling good. Take that first step towards feeling calmer and reach out for help today.


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