I don’t want to fear monger, but you should at least educate your self on the potential lasting side effects that SSRIs can cause. I developed PSSD from antidepressants — a condition which steals a lot more from you than just your sexuality. While I have little anxiety these days (that’s why I started them as well), my emotional range is still very limited and I suffer from other nervous system issues.
Do antidepressants have their place? I would still, in spite of everything, say yes — but I would really keep them as a last line of defense. Also, some ADs are less known to cause lasting issues than others. Definitely avoid antipsychotics and SSRIs if you can.
Before getting on any drug, I would get full blood work. Funny how psychiatrists run a “medical model” of mental illness but never check for any underlying pathologies (hormones, thyroid, d3, vitamin deficiencies, etc.).
If all checks out normal, then you may consider lifestyle changes, therapy, TMS, meditation, etc.
I would save drugs as the last line of defense, but In my opinion, here are the safest anxiolytics — at least with respect to returning to normalcy if you ever discontinue them.
Buspirone, MAOIs, vortioxetine, pregabalin, and mirtazapine are some drugs less associated with lasting negative effects, from what I’ve read. If your anxiety is strictly situational, occasional benzos or beta blockers may be the best way to go.