Sorting Out Anxiety Treatment Options: Therapy (pt. 2)

Anxiety takes many forms. No matter the type, chances are that it feels miserable. By making us feel different fears, worries, or panic or by creating within us obsessions and compulsions, anxiety disorders interfere with our ability to fully live life and enjoy relationships. The good news is, that no matter how extreme anxiety becomes, you don't have to live with it forever. There are ways to treat anxiety.

In my last audio discussion, I talked about medication for treating anxiety. Medication can, indeed, be an effective way to loosen anxiety's grip. It's a great route for some people. For others, though, it's either ineffective or not effective enough. Thankfully, medication isn't the only way to beat anxiety.

Therapy can be an effective anxiety treatment option. Understanding the beliefs behind the process can help you decide which type of anxiety therapy is best.

Another very effective approach, one that can be paired with medication or stand alone, is therapy. Therapy is a common word, but it's often not fully understood. Here, I explore the various therapeutic approaches to help anxiety. An understanding of the philosophies behind therapy can help you determine what might be most effective for you.

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Author: Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC, DAIS

Tanya J. Peterson is the author of numerous anxiety self-help books, including The Morning Magic 5-Minute Journal, The Mindful Path Through Anxiety, 101 Ways to Help Stop Anxiety, The 5-Minute Anxiety Relief Journal, The Mindfulness Journal for Anxiety, The Mindfulness Workbook for Anxiety, and Break Free: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in 3 steps. She has also written five critically acclaimed, award-winning novels about life with mental health challenges. She delivers workshops for all ages and provides online and in-person mental health education for youth. She has shared information about creating a quality life on podcasts, summits, print and online interviews and articles, and at speaking events. Tanya is a Diplomate of the American Institution of Stress helping to educate others about stress and provide useful tools for handling it well in order to live a healthy and vibrant life. Find her on her website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Dr Musli Ferati
April, 30 2014 at 12:49 am

Current psychiatric treatment of anxiety includes multi-modal approaching.This statement should be guideline of any form of anxiety disorders, whereas individual principle encircles satisfying management of these common emotional disorders. Options are numerous, but we ought to chose and to implement the most appropriate one. This depend of some personal, psychosocial and sociocultural circumstances where respective patient live and work. However, psychiatric medication indicates crucial intervention, which one should be on close supervision of clinical psychiatrist. As to belong to therapy, I can say that any non-medication treatment of anxiety must be accompanied by anxiolytic medication, particularly in early phase of illness. On the other hand, anxiolytic madication may be addict by respective user, especially when it is order without psychiatric recomendation. Addiction of anxiolytics today is the most frequent disease of psychopharmacologic addiction. To avoid this yatrogenic complication, it ought to take this medication by psychiatric ordinance. Surely, any psycho-therapeutic accessory intervention is welcomed.

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

April, 30 2014 at 11:53 am

Greetings, Dr. Ferati,
I always enjoy reading your professional insights. I couldn't agree more that, to manage anxiety, many different treatment approaches should be considered. Additionally, every individual is different so that what works for one person my not work as well or at all for another. As you emphasize, it's common for multiple approaches (i.e. psychopharmaceutical and therapeutic) to be used simultaneously. People are complex, so treatment is too! That's why progress doesn't always occur as quickly as we would like. Because there is so much complexity to all options, I'm hoping that my discussing them separately will be helpful for sorting things out. My problem in doing this has been that my word count is limited!

Ayurvedic Health Resort
May, 6 2014 at 2:08 am

Firstly, you understand types of anxiety disorder. There are available different types of health therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy and meditation therapy, etc. all these therapy help to improve anxiety problem.

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

May, 7 2014 at 11:09 am

Hello Ayurvedic Health Resort,
Thank you for commenting. You are so correct that there are number of different approaches to healing. (Ironically, on May 8 I will discuss more treatment options, complementary and alternative treatments. Isn't it wonderful that there are such a wide variety of approaches to helping anxiety? Everyone is different, so it's great that there are many things for people to try in order to reduce their very personal anxiety.

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