Side Effects Versus Main Effects

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There are more subtle side effects of benzodiaze-pines, effects that interfere in various ways with the treatment of the anxiety or sleep disorder. The ben-zodiazepine lessens the symptom but does not alter the underlying problem—say, an unhappy marriage or a precarious job. Indeed, by lessening the symptoms, the individual may lose his or her motivation to identify, confront, and tackle the basic problems. Giving benzodiazepine medicalizes the problem by making the nervous or sad person into a patient, implying that there is something physically wrong. Finally, some events like bereavement need ''working through''—typically by grieving— but benzodiazepines can stop this normal process and actually prevent the bereaved individual from coming to terms with loss.

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Free Yourself from Panic Attacks

Free Yourself from Panic Attacks

With all the stresses and strains of modern living, panic attacks are become a common problem for many people. Panic attacks occur when the pressure we are living under starts to creep up and overwhelm us. Often it's a result of running on the treadmill of life and forgetting to watch the signs and symptoms of the effects of excessive stress on our bodies. Thankfully panic attacks are very treatable. Often it is just a matter of learning to recognize the symptoms and learn simple but effective techniques that help you release yourself from the crippling effects a panic attack can bring.

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