A vicious cycle may have been created. We may never know, but it is reasonable to assume that Michael Jackson began taking Xanax to control anxiety and insomnia. This most likely led to addiction and a greater need for more to quell ongoing anxiety and continued sleeping problems.
Did Michael Jackson ever seek Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to naturally help his anxiety struggles? Probably not. CBT is the only proven effective form of treatment for reducing anxiety. Yet, there are many people who seek escape from anxiety through drugs and dangerous addictive medications. It is so sad when someone dies from medication addiction when they may have been helped through natural therapeutic means.
We may never know the full story of anxiety and Michael Jackson. However, one thing seems clear. Although, at times, medication can be a helpful addition to CBT (for those unable to act on treatment strategies that reduce anxiety without it), escape through prescription medication is not the answer. In fact, it can be a killer.
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