What Is Paroxetine Used For?
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is much more than the normal anxiety people experience day to day. It's chronic and fills one's day with exaggerated worry and tension, even though there is little or nothing to provoke it. Having this disorder means always anticipating disaster, often worrying excessively about health, money, family, or work. Sometimes, however, the source of the worry is hard to pinpoint. Simply the thought of getting through the day provokes anxiety.
There are several different treatments available for generalized anxiety disorder, including cognitive behavioral therapy and various different types of medications. Paroxetine is one of those medications approved to treat generalized anxiety disorder.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating condition that can develop following a terrifying event. Often, people with post-traumatic stress disorder have persistent, frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal and feel emotionally numb, especially with people they were once close to. Post-traumatic stress disorder affects about 5.2 million adult Americans. Women are more likely than men to develop PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur at any age, including childhood, and there is some evidence that susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder may run in families.
Treatment of PTSD often involves therapy, and there are several different types of therapy available for people with PTSD (see PTSD Treatment for more information on therapy for PTSD). Medication is also effective for PTSD, and paroxetine is one of the medications approved to treat PTSD.