Sorting Out Anxiety Treatment Options: Alternative Approaches (pt.3)

Living with anxiety can be at best uncomfortable and at worst debilitating. Naturally, we want to overcome it. While there are no quick fixes, happily there are fixes. Anxiety treatment is quite personal, and there's a wide variety of approaches that people can explore to kick their anxiety to the curb.

There are many anxiety treatment options. In addition to medication and therapy, there are wide-ranging alternative approaches to anxiety management, too.I recently discussed some available treatment approaches to minimize anxiety. One option is medication and another is therapy. These, by the way, aren't either-or methods. Frequently, people find that a combination of both is extremely helpful.

A third approach to eradicating anxiety from our lives is referred to as complementary and alternative treatment (CAT). And like the other two, CAT choices can be used alone or in combination. Working with a doctor and/or a therapist, you can explore options and fill your anxiety management toolbox with a wide variety of powerful tools to chisel away at anxiety.

Here, I discuss some of the different alternative and complementary treatment approaches that people have found to be helpful in reducing anxiety.

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Peterson, T. (2014, May 14). Sorting Out Anxiety Treatment Options: Alternative Approaches (pt.3), HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 20 from

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.

May, 18 2014 at 7:59 pm

Thanks for the insight into the alternative approaches, like yoga, exercise, diet and therapy. I truly believe a combination of all makes a healthy life style and assists with both depression and anxiety.

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

May, 19 2014 at 3:19 pm

Hi Andrea,
I completely agree with you that a combination of approaches is extremely helpful. When people are aware of what's out there, they can find just the right combination of approaches that works best for them. I'm guessing from your comment that you have been successful (or are finding success) in discovering things that work for you. That's great! Keep it up!

Tammy C
February, 23 2015 at 1:01 pm

If you are considering an alternative treatment for an anxiety condition check first to see if your health insurance plan offers coverage for that type of treatment.

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

February, 23 2015 at 3:37 pm

Hi Tammy,
You are quite right! It's always wise to check with your insurance company to see whether a treatment is or is not covered. Also, insurance policies can change, so check regularly to make sure your information is current.

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