I have anxiety and panic. Before I started taking Xanax (alprazolam) I was terrified of going into stores, taking automobile rides and all sorts of things. I always took local instead of express buses for fear that I would have an attack and wouldn't be able to get off whenever I had to. My problems were finally brought under control when I started taking Xanax. Carrying a pill box filled with Xanax makes me feel secure and lessens my apprehension. None of the antidepressants I've taken have done anything to relieve my anxiety or panic, so I don't understand why anyone would rely on those drugs to treat anxiety and panic. Maybe doctors are reluctant to prescribe benzos and, if they are, they're doing their patients a disservice.