WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR ANXIETY?


The aim of effective treatment of anxiety is to help you learn how to control your anxiety so that it doesn’t control you. The type of treatment will depend on the type of anxiety you're experiencing.

Psychological treatments, also known as talking therapy or psychotherapy, can help you change your thinking patterns so that you are able to keep your anxiety under control and reduce irrational worries.

There are several types of effective psychological treatments for anxiety.

• Art Therapy. Simply defined, art therapy is a form of unfiltered self-expression - a holistic, mind- and heart-engaging practice with a proven track record of success in the treatment of anxiety. Individuals regain their emotional balance and reassert control over formerly debilitating anxiety symptoms. Through painting in various mediums, drawing, sculpting, collage, photography or digital art creation, individuals with anxiety peel back the layers of their subconscious as they seek to reveal the true sources of their troubling thoughts and feelings. Rather than attack anxiety head on, art therapy indirectly defuses anxiety by promoting greater self-understanding along with a general sense of peace and calm that will eventually translate to daily life.

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT encourages you to recognize the difference between productive and unproductive worries; teaches you how to let go of worries and solve problems and can incorporate relaxation and breathing techniques, particularly muscle relaxation, to control anxiety and the physical symptoms of tension. CBT treatment should be administered by a licensed mental health professional with specific training in this form of treatment.

• Psychotherapy is a type of counseling treatment for anxiety disorders that consists of talking with a trained and licensed mental health professional such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or other counselor. Sessions may be used to explore the historic or present dynamic causes of anxiety and ways to cope with symptoms.

• Medication Therapy. Anxiety can be treated with a class of drug called benzodiazepines. Their use has declined. These drugs tend to have few side-effects except for drowsiness and possible dependency. Some common benzodiazepines include: Diazepam (Valium), Alprazolam (Xanax), Lorazepam (Ativan) or Clonazepam (Klonopin). In addition, some anti-depressant medications may be used to treat anxiety as well.

All medication treatment must be administered by a licensed physician, preferably a psychiatrist.

• Self treatment for anxiety includes ways in which you can learn to manage anxiety on your own. This includes meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, stress relief activities, exercising regularly, keeping a regular sleep pattern, reducing caffeine, eating healthy and avoiding alcohol.