Ativan and Xnax are benzodiazapines and should only be used in the short term as they are addictive so doctors can be pretty strict with them. In the UK, its not often they are prescribed unless you are in hospital.
SSRI's are used for anxiety aswell as depression and can be very effective. Its not good to be relying on benzo's in the long term as sometimes people do get addicted and then can't cope without them.
I was prescribed ativan whilst in hospital for a few weeks whilst my antidepressant (effexor) was kicking in and then the ativan was stopped. I take 150mg effexor and it works really well for me. I also use other methods (eg. relaxation, distraction, complimentary therapy) to help with my anxiety and panic.
Some SSRI's are better for anxiety than others - talk to your doctor about
which ones would be suitable for you.
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