By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2014 1 Comments
    Pharmacists Can Help Older People Become Empower…

    Many doctors worry about the negative effects of benzodiazepine anti-anxiety drugs such as alprazolam for older people. They have been linked to an increased risk of dementia¬†and¬†falls. Getting off …

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2012 4 Comments
    Anti-Anxiety Pills May Cause Confusion

    Q. I was a nurse for over 42 years, and I'm alarmed by the staggering increase in the use of anti-anxiety medications like alprazolam or diazepam. There's no doubt in my mind that these addictive drug…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2012 35 Comments
    Sleeping Pills, Anti-Anxiety Drugs & Dement…

    Can medications you take to get a good night's sleep or ease anxiety increase your risk for Alzheimer's disease or dementia? That is the question being raised as a result of a new study published in t…

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2012 0 Comments
    Smiling Eases Stress

    An old song advises, "Smile and the world smiles with you." Whether or not that is true, scientists have found that smiling can help people cope with stress. Volunteers were trained so that they could…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2012 11 Comments
    Anxiety & Stopping Alprazolam & Atenol…

    Q. I have a long history of anxiety and panic attacks. I am also a performing musician, which can often cause performance anxiety. I have been prescribed Xanax (alprazolam) off and on over the years a…

    By: Terry Graedon November 6, 2011 3 Comments
    Is Anxiety Drug Appropriate for Elderly?

    Q. My mother is getting on in years, and her physician recently increased her dosage of Ativan. As a result it seems she changes from more anxious to more out of it than before. Is this kind of mood s…

    By: Terry Graedon September 22, 2010 0 Comments
    Magic Mushrooms Ease Anxiety for Cancer Patients

    "Magic mushrooms" were part of the psychedelic drug culture of the late 1960s. The active ingredient, psilocybin, is now being studied as a way to ease anxiety and depression in late stage cancer pati…

    By: Terry Graedon February 24, 2010 1 Comments
    Exercise Beats Anxiety

    Q. In a recent column, a reader asked for natural alternatives for anxiety and stress that won't produce side effects. I was disappointed that you didn't mention exercise. According to a review of the…

    By: Terry Graedon November 3, 2009 21 Comments
    Natural Approaches to Ease Anxiety

    Q. I am an anxious person and find that I don't handle stressful situations very well. My doctor prescribed Lexapro but it made me very nauseated. I woke up in a deep sweat with my heart racing. I kno…

    By: Terry Graedon April 30, 2009 5 Comments
    Anxiety

    Most of us are familiar with anxiety and stress. Who wouldn't feel nervous after getting a letter from the Internal Revenue Service requesting an audit of last year's tax return? Or imagine yourself d…