Psychiatrists for management of anxiety although they

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psychiatrists for management of anxiety, although they are traditionally used as anti-depressants because they are not addictive and therefore are safer than typical anti-anxiety drugs such as benzodiazepines. Serotonin, the mood-stabilizing neurochemical, maintains a particular level in the brain and the NS for optimal functioning. The common SSRIs used for treating GAD are Paxil and Lexapro. The benzodiazepines include lorazepam, clonazepam, alprazolam, and diazepam. This class of medication is no longer used as first-line treatment because, although they are effective, they are addictive. However, non-psychiatrists often use them but are not trained to differentiate between the various mental disorders. Since anxiety is psychological, it can be worsened or lessened by the survival strategies we adopt. Therefore, psychotherapy for GAD is necessary, particularly those that stress on symptom management such as stress-management, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Primarily, these psychotherapies teach the people with GAD ways to relax their body and brain, counter the unreasonable thoughts that result in worry and fear, as well as learn better survival strategies. The individuals living with anxiety have most likely reduced their world, to control some of their fear and worry. A trained mental health expert would be able to assist in replacing unhealthy, constraining behaviors, with those that provide an opening to new experiences and learning (Westen & Morrison, 2001).
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NATHAN’S CASE ANALYSIS 9 Other conditions may be considered in Nathan's case. These conditions can include panic disorder. Panic disorder is a feeling of terror that attacks at random. During a panic attack, an individual may feel palpitations "strong or irregular heartbeats," have chest pain, and may also experience sweating. Sometimes, the person may have a feeling of choking having a cardiac arrest. The person also has a consistent feeling of worry that is unwarranted ( Weinberg, Klein, & Hajcak, 2012) . This condition was ruled out as a diagnosis for Nathan because of several reasons. First, the symptoms of panic disorder do not explain all of the symptomatic presentation of Nathan. Furthermore, the symptoms of panic disorder are inconsistent compared to Nathan's. Another condition for consideration is Social Anxiety Disorder, commonly referred to as social phobia. This is a condition whereby one feels crushing worry and self-mindfulness about daily social situations. The person preoccupies himself worrying about other people judging him or her, or on being embarrassed or ridiculed. However, this was also ruled out in Nathan's case. Social Anxiety Disorder is only limited to social situations ( Moutier & Stein, 1999) . The symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder do not cover all the symptoms exhibited by Nathan.
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