Anxiety

Recovery and Treatment Options

Knowing that each person is different, one or more of the following options could be the right form of treatment for an anxiety disorder, and each should be explored carefully.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, sometimes called “talk therapy," consists of a patient building a personal relationship with a therapist who listens without judgment and communicates acceptance. A therapist can help you understand your illness and how to live with it productively. A therapist can also encourage you to work through your emotional blocks and move forward with your life

Medication

It may take a few tries to find the right medication for your anxiety disorder, but once you have the right one, it can be key to your recovery. Work with your therapist and/or doctor to find which medication may work for you.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help you learn to analyze your own thought patterns and behaviors and to solve your own problems. With CBT, you can become empowered with tools to help recognize how you feel and develop a realistic perspective in situations that previously felt overwhelming. CBT can also help you develop ways to avoid things that trigger anxiety.

Stress Reduction and Relaxation

Other healthy practices that may help you reduce anxiety are deep breathing, meditation, exercise, and yoga. See Reducing Stress.

Healthy habits can also help reduce stress:

  • Cut down on caffeine.
  • Reduce refined sugar.
  • Eat more complex carbohydrates: whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid nicotine.
  • Get regular exercise. Just 30 minutes a day will naturally reduce anxiety by releasing endorphins, which increases your feeling of well-being.
  • Get enough sleep so you are well rested.