Treatment of Anxiety
Treatment of Anxiety
Feeling your heart beating fast, your breathing accelerate, and your palms become sweaty are just a few of the symptoms of anxiety. When you suffer from anxiety, it can be difficult to socialize, go out and shop or just walk outside of the house. Treatment for anxiety can help you be able to live a quality life, being able to work as well as go about daily tasks such as shopping or socializing. The success of treatment will vary based on your level of anxiety as well as the treatment type used. There are several treatment options that can assist you in starting on the path to feeling calm and safe.
There are several therapy methods that can be used by a professional therapist to help you deal with anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a lasting treatment that is very effective. This treatment option focuses on identifying the issue behind your anxiety, understanding your thinking then making changes to think in a different way, along with behavioral patterns. Benefits of this therapy type can usually be seen within three to four months.
An additional option that can be used for treatment is exposure therapy. This is a form of CBT that will help to reduce the fear and anxiety response you feel due to certain activities or objects. You will be gradually exposed to the object or situation that causes this response and learn how to become less sensitive over a period of time. This type of therapy is proven to be effective on such issues as phobias or obsessive compulsive disorder.
A safe and effective way to treat anxiety that is commonly used is with medication. Medication is often used at the same time as therapy takes place to see results quickly. Medication can be used for a short time or for a longer term, depending on your individual treatment needs. The medical conditions you have as well as how severe your symptoms will be a dependent factor on what type of medication your therapist will try for your anxiety. It can take time to find the right medicine to affect your individual needs, so be patient if you have to try multiple options.
Alternative Therapy Solutions
If you are not comfortable with taking medication or you want to try a different method to solve your anxiety issues, consider alternative therapy. This can include stress techniques, relaxation methods, acupuncture, yoga or meditation. You can try all of these options to see which helps you relax best when you are having an anxiety attack or feel your anxiety levels rising. Most of these techniques can be completed at home and can help you learn how to control your breathing which will assist you when an anxiety attack occurs.
Working with a professional will ensure that you receive the right treatment for your individual needs. Talk with a therapist about what you are going through and have an evaluation completed. Learn how to recognize what type of anxiety you are having to find the appropriate treatment to feel better.
Anxiety Video Series
See our anxiety video series below with Dr. Nancy Donachie and Dr. Diana Sabagh. The six-episode series reviews anxiety, treatments for anxiety, anxiety with Covid-19, and more.