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I've been experiencing brain zaps and electric shock symptoms. I'm taking Xanax and heard that Xanax can cause them. I also heard that anxiety can cause these symptoms. Can anxiety cause these symptoms, and if so, what can I do to get rid of them? And should I stop taking my medication right away?

Yes, the electric shock sensation (also referred to as “brain zaps”) are common symptoms of anxiety. Many people experience them. I did too. And yes, they initially scared me, as well.

Since there are many medical conditions that can cause anxiety-like symptoms, it's wise to discuss your symptoms with your doctor. If your doctor attributes your symptoms to stress and/or anxiety, you can be sure they are stress- and/or anxiety-related.

Actually, stress is the cause of these kinds of symptoms. Most people don’t realize this because they don’t feel stressed, but being anxious (worried) stresses the body and a stressed body produces symptoms of being stressed.

The best way to eliminate these kinds of symptoms is to become knowledgeable about stress and anxiety so that you can take proactive action to prevent your body from being stressed. This is where good self-help information can be invaluable. The more you know about stress and anxiety, the better off you’ll be.

To that end, I would encourage you to join our website and immediately ready Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. The information in these chapters should provide many of the answers you are looking for, as well as I think you’d find this information very comforting and reassuring.

I think you’d find The Symptoms section in the member’s area to be very helpful as well. We list and fully describe many of the symptoms associated with stress and anxiety, including this one.

The good news is that symptoms do go away when you understand what causes them and learn how to reverse them. While the information isn’t rocket science, it is important to know and apply, since these kinds of symptoms generally don’t go away by themselves. Knowing what to do is the key to eliminating them.

The member’s area of our website was developed for this reason: to explain what stress and anxiety are, how they occur, and what you can do to reduce and eliminate them. Because all of us at have experienced debilitating stress and anxiety and know how awful and frightening it can be, we developed the information in the member’s area of our website so that others wouldn’t have to suffer needlessly like we did. Again, I’m confident that you’d find the information in the member's area helpful.

There’s no question about it. Knowledge is power when it comes to resolving stress and anxiety.

The bottom line is, you don't have to worry about these symptoms, but they do require action before they can be eliminated. Knowing what to do is the key to returning to normal health. Once you know what to do and have experienced a successful reversal of your symptoms, you can then consider coming off of your medication. But I don’t recommend doing so right now, as people need to be equipped with the right information and well prepared before attempting to break free of a benzodiazepine medication (which Xanax is a form of).

Incidentally, I was on Xanax too, and for many years. But I’ve been off of it and anxiety condition free for over 20 years. Knowing what to do made all of the difference. And if I can do it, you can too.

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