Many of us experience anxiety and symptoms of nervousness from time to time. For people with anxiety disorders, however, this can be a daily occurrence that can severely impact their ability to function at home, work, or school. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the United States, affecting almost 40 million adults aged 18 and over annually.
Medical professionals have been developing many ways to address this mental health disorder, and there are several pharmacological treatments for anxiety. These include benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax. Many people think that Xanax and Valium are essentially the same. However, although they share some similarities, many differences set them apart. This article hopes to shed some light on these key differences so people considering these two medications can make sound decisions.