An ever increasing topic of discussion around anxiety disorders, is the use of medications. The most commonly used medications are antidepressants and/or benzodiazepines. According to Orygen Youth Heath, medications tend to work more effectively if the patient is also being counselled to help address the root of the issue. This essential fact sheet explains in simple terms: What are the medications are and how they work? How long do they take to work? What to avoid and what precautions to take. This is great background reading for those parents planning to have a discussion with their family doctor or other health professional about their child’s anxiety issues.