From my own personal research, I've found that the best treatment for anxiety disorders are antidepressants from the SSRI, SNRI, or Tryclic family of medications. In fact, a lot of professional psychiatric organizations concur with this recommendation. I have found that Zoloft, a SSRI, works for me in handling my anxiety disorder, so I've been on it for a while.
Last year, I went to three different psychiatrists who all prescribed me antipsychotics to deal with my mental health issues, instead of a SSRI, during a prolonged anxiety episode I was going through, before I continually stayed on my current antidepressant, Zoloft. I was prescribed Zyperxa, Saphris and Abilify. None of these medications worked, and in fact, all made my symptoms worse so around the second or third week, I stopped using them. I tried so hard to make Zyprexa work, since it was my third attempt from these class of antipsychotics to use, but I just kept on falling asleep using it, which was dangerous for driving and being at work, and the feeling of *doom* never went away.
During my interview with my psychiatrists, I believe they thought I came across as more paranoid than anxious. However I was paranoid because my body was feeling this great sense of doom, which I could not control. These psychiatrists prescribed antipsychotics, however antipsychotics are normally prescribed for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, not anxiety disorders.
Since coming to terms with my anxiety disorder, I've become educated about my health issue, especially about medications, and continue to learn more and more how to manage the disease. What I question is why would psychiatrists prescribe antipsychotics for someone who is anxious? Initially I was prescribed with OCD - which I didn't really develop until my adult years - however I did suffer generalized anxiety disorder in my teen years. It seems to have gotten worse as I've gotten older to other anxiety disorder symptoms, which include agorophobia and OCD.
Part of the problem was my own ignorance about my health disorder and the use of medication to treat it. I blindly followed whatever a psychiatrist, counselor, or alternative therapist told me, because I wasn't informed how to best treat an anxiety disorder. Sadly I went to professionals who did not specialize in anxiety disorder treatment, and directed me on unsuccesful ways on how to manage my health because of it. Likewise I was having resistance to using medication, because for many years I had been able to handle my life without the use of it, through other Cognitive Behaviour techniques, which I picked up from studying on leading self-help experts on psychological improvement. Likewise I had put in a great amount of time on alternative therapies, which I thought were the more natural route to curing this disorder. However the techniques (like alternative medicine, meditation, visualization, distraction, prayer and other helpful mind exercises) worked for a while, but unfortunately my biology caved in, and my anxiety came back with a vengenance. I couldn't control it no mater how much CBT or alternative therapy I tried.
So my basic question is --- why do psychiatrists prescribe antipsychotics for anxiety disorders? Is it because they don't have enough information about your history, and you're not telling them the right symptoms to focus on, so they assume you're bipolor or a paranoid schizophrenic? Are they just ineffective psychiatrists if they don't pick up on the right symptoms from you on how to best handle your anxiety disorder with the proper medications?