Can anxiety disorder be treated with antipsychotics?

Can anxiety disorder be treated with antipsychotics?

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Answer 1
July, 2021

First, you need to determine the specific features of the course of anxiety. If the patient has psychomotor retardation and fear on his face, then it is generally useless to take antipsychotics, because they can most likely only make it worse. An exception, perhaps, may be sulpiride, which in small doses even has a certain antidepressant and stimulating effect. Neuroleptics are otherwise called antipsychotics, i.e. substances that eliminate episodes of psychosis. This is their main meaning - to remove hallucinations and reduce aggression. Antipsychotics are classics of mental hospitals, the first choice in the treatment of schizophrenia. Therefore, their use for anxiety is appropriate only as a symptomatic treatment of episodes of psychomotor agitation.

Antipsychotics can both make you an indifferent vegetable (temporarily, of course), and vice versa, exacerbate anxiety, even provoke depression. Haloperidol is especially good at this. It is believed that atypical antipsychotics are milder. If you want specific recommendations, then this is a question of a specific situation: what is the course of anxiety? what antipsychotic to choose? what is the medical history and medication use?

Answer 2
July, 2021

You can treat it. There is no cure.

Anxiety disorder must be treated for a very long time, and long-term use of antipsychotics is likely to cause a bunch of unwanted and unpleasant side effects. In anxiety disorder, antipsychotics can only be used as a corrector in order to prevent unwanted behavior during the first time some other therapy (for example, psychotherapy in combination with SSRI antidepressants).

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