Stopping Anxiety Medication Workbook

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Millions of people are prescribed medication for anxiety and panic everyday. One of the most common medications prescribed are tranquilizers which can be addictive and habit-forming. Many individuals may wish to discontinue their medication for various reasons. Some have been free of anxiety symptoms for some time and feel they no longer need meds. Women may wish to become pregnant and others may suffer from bothersome side effects. Whatever the reason, weaning off anxiety medications can be extremely difficult....
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Overview


Millions of people are prescribed medication for anxiety and panic everyday. One of the most common medications prescribed are tranquilizers which can be addictive and habit-forming. Many individuals may wish to discontinue their medication for various reasons. Some have been free of anxiety symptoms for some time and feel they no longer need meds. Women may wish to become pregnant and others may suffer from bothersome side effects. Whatever the reason, weaning off anxiety medications can be extremely difficult. This Workbook, in conjunction with the corresponding Therapist Guide, outlines a treatment program for helping individuals discontinue their medication. This evidence-based treatment incorporates the basic principles of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is also effective for treating the underlying Panic Disorder itself.

This revised edition of the Workbook teaches the skills necessary to help individuals wean off their medicine through the use of cognitive restructuring techniques, along with exposure to panic and anxiety sensations. New to this edition is a reorganized Chapter 2 that places the core emphasis on the role of fears of anxiety sensations in enhancing the difficulties associated with stopping medication, and a section on discontinuing the use of antidepressants. Blank logs are included for keeping track of homework assignments, as well as for monitoring progress.

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: Part of the Treatments That Work series, this is a well thought out workbook for clients to use with their therapists when deciding to taper or discontinue their anxiety medication.
Purpose: The workbook is designed to help patients with anxiety and panic disorder to discontinue their anxiolytic medications safely under the supervised care of their clinician. It provides the foundation for patients and their healthcare providers working together as a team, discussing techniques to help cope with the tapering of medications.
Audience: Patients and families of those who suffer from panic and anxiety disorders will benefit the most from this workbook. It is written in easy-to-follow, non jargon-laden language to give both patients and families the knowledge they need to take an active partnership in their treatment. Both authors are considerably well-versed and well-respected members of the mental health community.
Features: The focus is on stopping anxiolytic treatment for panic disorder and panic attacks. Thus, readers get a detailed explanation of the etiology behind their condition as well as a realistic discussion of the difficulties in discontinuing treatment with benzodiazepines. Chapter 4 is written specifically for the patient's partner and is an important for facilitating psychoeducation of the patient's loved ones. There are numerous charts, schedules, and methods for patients to use during medication discontinuation.
Assessment: This is a strong addition to the field of mental health, and this second addition improves upon the first. It is highly recommended for patients and clinicians.
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"This is a strong addition to the field of mental health, and this second edition improves upon the first. It is highly recommended for patients and clinicians."--Doody's Health Sciences Review, a 5-star review!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195338553
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/30/2009
  • Series: Treatments That Work Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,385,414
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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