If your child is struggling with an anxiety disorder, you may be wondering what is the treatment to follow. Many families are concerned about the medication prescribed for their children for the treatment of Anxiety.
Medications for anxiety, also known as anxiolytics (Xanax, Valium, Ambien etc.), are an option for both children and adults. However, the types of medications used in children are different from those used in adults. Some medications to treat anxiety in adults have not been tested and used in children.
Most doctors prefer to use drugs that have been well examined in children, and start with those that cause fewer side effects.
So, Are Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Ambien etc.) Bad?
At first, the Benzodiazepines were considered safe and no one paid much attention to the risks of addiction of the drugs. In a short time (after the 80s), the BZD (Benzodiazepines) became the most prescribed medication in America.
The popularity of the BZD lies in its ability to quickly reduce anxiety, stress etc. They also help people relax and relieve social anxiety. Almost like drinking alcohol, but in the favorable form of a pill.
Doctors like to prescribe Benzodiazepines because it is the most efficient and fastest way to get rid of an annoying patient: the patient is satisfied for the moment, but many develop a disastrous addiction.
People like to take them, but once they get dependent they can not stop. In summary, the BZDs are very easy to start taking, but it is almost impossible to leave them.
Bad Effects of Benzodiazepines
These drugs badly affect users in the following three ways:
1. A slight overdose can lead to a disastrous health problem. Between 1996 to 2013, the BZD overdose death rate had been grown more than 500%. The combination with alcohol can even lead to death.
2. There are various side-effects of the drug too, which include: insomnia, irritability, tremors, sweating, confusion and lack of attention etc. If someone is taking high doses then it becomes almost impossible to stop taking.
3. Sometimes it can also impact the functioning of the brain. These effects can be found in the old age persons: confusion, memory loss, erratic speech and lack of balance.
Effects of Benzodiazepines on Teens
As discussed in this article, if Xanax, Valium or Ambien are not taken under the proper guidance of any doctor, the situations might get disastrous when it comes about teens.
Teens have comparatively lower immune power than the adults and if it can be harmful, even dangerous for adults then how can it be recommended for teens?
There is only one way to avoid benzodiazepines addictions or any other kind of complicacy in teenagers: do not take them without any doctor’s guidance.
Before deciding that your child take medication for anxiety, it is important to discuss all options with your child’s doctor. Consider the risks and benefits of the medication.
Since one can’t predict which teen can get into any adverse situation after using this drug, the immediate benefits are never worth the long-term risks.