Tom Andrews, Ph.D. Worry/Anxiety/Panic Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy without Medication

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As a clinical psychologist, I do not prescribe medications. On the other hand, roughly half of my patients have come to me already using psychiatric medications prescribed by their primary-care physician or psychiatrist. Usually the medications haven't given the relief they hoped for and/or they just prefer not using such medications.  Based on my long experience and the clinical research, my belief is that you can achieve good results in overcoming an anxiety disorder without medications.
 
There is usually no conflict between my psychological counseling and your use of  medications, and I will work with your prescribing doctor as needed.
 
Some problems can be properly treated with medications alone or with counseling alone. Sometimes, the best practice is to use both, at least at the beginning of treatment. Make your decisions in consultation with your doctors. Ask them about expected results and about short-term and long-term side-effects.