Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Christina Dodd 

Helping Yourself

There are plenty of things that you can change about the way you live your life to help reduce your anxiety problems. For instance, you can exercise regularly, stop taking drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, and caffeine and eat food that is clean and good for you. Little things like that can help you feel much better and relieve your symptoms.

Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

You can get support and more advice by getting to know others who also suffer from anxiety disorders. There are patient support groups and charities that are great for this. Your general practitioner may know of some of these resources that are available where you live.

Talking Therapies

You may be referred to a therapist for treatment by your general practitioner.

It can be very freeing to talk through things with a counselor and it can help you deal with your anxiety disorder better. You may especially benefit from counseling if you suffer from GAD, social phobias, or a panic disorder. It is especially beneficial in the short term, however counseling does not work for all patients.

CBT is term which stands for Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and is a psychological treatment which is supposed to help you reverse negative thinking patterns, feelings, and behavior. It will be especially good for you if you suffer from phobias or have frequent panic attacks.

Medications

There are a diverse array of medications that are great for treating anxiety disorders. You may receive a prescription for one of them by your general practitioner, depending on what kind of anxiety disorder you have.

For extreme anxiety, benzodiazepines offer short term relief. They are not to be used for the long term because there is a high chance that you may become addicted to them.
Sometimes your doctor may prescribe antidepressants to be used on their own, and in other cases, they may be combined with benzodiazepine.

Your physical symptoms, like heart palpitations or shaking can be reduced with the use of beta-blockers. The thing is, they cannot soothe psychological symptoms that come with anxiety disorders.

You should speak with your general practitioner and see what they think you should do. Read the patient information that should be provided to you with the medication.

Complementary Therapy Treatments

Sometimes anxiety can be calmed with use of relaxation techniques including meditation, tai chi, and yoga. It is not, however, proven since not enough research has been conducted on the subject. Always talk to your doctor before beginning any complementary therapies.


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