My first experience with meds for anxiety would have been Serepax (Serax in the US) - a benzo. Similar to Valium or Xanax. It was wonderful - too good really because I kept taking it for ages.
I did my first Diploma on it back in my 20's, then started on Xanax - which I took basically all the time to do everything. Not a good idea. Had several stays in hospital/rehab to get off that stuff. While I was there they tried me on an anti-psychotic - Seroquel, which was used for a while at a very low dose for anxiety. I hated it and refused to take it after a day or so.
Nowadays the most commonly prescribed med for anxiety seems to be an SSRI - which sort of worked for me a bit - as well as making me gain weight and go completely manic. (Lexapro)
What did you take for sleep? I've been on just about every sleep med there is. Right now I'm on Gabapentin (off label) and Rozerem. I've been on a bunch of SSRIs for anxiety but none of them seemed to work.
You live up in your head
Scared of every little noise
Someone's always breaking in accidentally
Using nothing but their voice
I was unwilling, at first, to go into the trial and errors of finding the right meds. I met with a Naturopath, who helped me a lot. At some point, she told me I needed some "chemicals", as her natural products couldn't help at the point I was. I take Celexa now at 20mg. I don't really notice it anymore. It does help to slow down thoughts and to relax more. Anyway, at first I noticed the effect more, but now I just make sure I take the medication daily!