The following is a brief introduction to the topic:
Anxiety can be a healthy and normal emotion. When anxiety becomes excessive, or persists, it can affect daily life, and is considered a mental disorder. Anxiety disorders affect an estimated 40,000,000 adults in the United States each year.
There are several different types of anxiety disorders. These include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. There are many different types of anxiety disorders, each with its own symptoms. However, they share certain features such as excessive fear and worry and physical symptoms like a racing heart and sweating.
There are many effective treatments for anxiety disorders. Therapy and medication are the most common treatments of anxiety disorders. Therapy can teach people how to cope with their anxiety symptoms. There are many different medications that can help treat anxiety disorders.
Types of anxiety treatment
Two main types of treatment are available for anxiety: medication and therapy.
The Right to Therapy
The therapy, or psychotherapy as it is also called, involves talking with a therapist to discuss your feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Therapy comes in many forms, but the most common for anxiety disorders are:
Cognitive-behavioral (CBT) therapy: This type of therapy helps individuals identify and challenge the negative thoughts and beliefs which contribute to anxiety. CBT is very effective at treating anxiety disorders.
Exposure Therapy: This therapy involves exposing people gradually to things that they are afraid of in order to reduce their anxiety. It can be difficult, but exposure therapy is very effective.
Acceptance and commitment (ACT) therapy: ACT therapy helps people to accept their anxiety symptoms, and focus on a meaningful and fulfilling life despite their anxiety. ACT is effective at reducing anxiety and improving quality-of-life.
Treatment of anxiety disorders can be done with a wide range of medications. Among the most common medications used to treat an anxiety disorder are:
Antidepressants can be used for both anxiety and depression. Common antidepressants used to treat anxiety disorders include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).
Benzodiazepines can be used as a medication to relieve anxiety symptoms quickly. Benzodiazepines are addictive and should be taken only short-term.
What is the best treatment for me?
Your individual needs and choices will determine the best anxiety treatment. Talk to your doctor about the best treatment for you if you’re unsure.
New Treatment Trends for Anxiety
Recent years have seen a number new developments in the treatment of anxiety. Telehealth is one of the most promising developments. It allows people to get therapy remotely, usually via video conference. Telehealth is a great option for those who find it difficult to access traditional therapy.
Virtual reality (VR) is another new innovation in anxiety treatment. VR can be used for exposure therapy experiences which are more realistic and engaging compared to traditional exposure therapy methods. VR exposure therapy is effective for treating a wide range of anxiety disorders including phobias, post-traumatic disorder (PTSD), and a number of other anxiety disorders.
Anxiety disorders can be treated effectively. There are many effective treatment options. Speak to a doctor or mental health professional if you’re struggling with anxiety. You don’t need to suffer in silence. There are many resources available.
Anxiety: Tips to Manage it
You can manage anxiety symptoms without medication or therapy. They include:
Exercise regularly. Exercise can help reduce anxiety and stress. At least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise should be done most days of the weeks.
It is important to get enough sleep for your mental and physical well-being. Adults need 7-8 hours per night of sleep.
Healthy eating can improve your mood, and increase energy. Avoid processed food, sugary drinks and excessive alcohol and caffeine.
Relaxation techniques like deep breathing, yoga, and meditation can reduce anxiety symptoms.
Social support is essential for mental health.