Non sedating anti anxiety medication
If you have been diagnosed with GAD, you'll usually be advised to try psychological treatment before you're prescribed medication.
You can get psychological therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and applied relaxation on the NHS. You can refer yourself directly to a psychological therapies service. Your GP or psychological therapies service may suggest trying a guided self-help course to see if it can help you learn to cope with your anxiety.
Applied relaxation focuses on relaxing your muscles in a particular way during situations that usually cause anxiety.Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a long-term condition, but a number of different treatments can help.If you have other problems alongside GAD, such as depression or alcohol misuse, these may need to be treated before you have treatment specifically for GAD.Studies of different treatments for GAD have found the benefits of CBT may last longer than those of medication, but no single treatment works for everyone.
CBT helps you to question your negative or anxious thoughts and do things you'd usually avoid because they make you anxious.
The main medications you may be offered to treat GAD are described below.