What is The Best Treatment for Anxiety

Charlene Nuble By Charlene Nuble, 15th Oct 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Anxiety is a normal, healthy feeling that is experienced by everyone. But if anxiousness becomes intense, chronic and unreasonable, it can be considered as a problem.

Treatment Options

Anxiety is a normal, healthy feeling that is experienced by everyone. But if anxiousness becomes intense, chronic and unreasonable, it can be considered as a problem.

Anxiety disorder is a condition of excessive fear, worry and apprehension. Unlike the temporary, brief and mild anxiety caused by upcoming events like a first date, business presentation and final exams, anxiety disorder can grow progressively and if not diagnosed and treated immediately, can affect the overall psychological health of a person. This brings us to the question, "What is the best treatment for anxiety?"

Different people respond to treatments differently. One may find relief to a particular treatment while others may find different methods of treatment better. People also have different levels of anxiety disorder and may only require a particular approach to their condition. Thus, it is really hard to single out a particular treatment and declare it the best. However, those who seek treatment for anxiety have wide options.

Most Popular Treatment

The most popular treatment for anxiety disorder is medication; which is also the first treatment prescribed by health professionals. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications treat the symptoms of anxiety. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs like Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac are very popular choice of medicine for patients with anxiety and depression. The monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAOI is another drug that treats certain case of anxiety. While medications are effective, it needs to be noted that these carry side-effects which may not be very comfortable to the patients.

Cognitive-behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a combined of cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy. This type of anxiety treatment processes the negative, unproductive and unrealistic thoughts of the patient and separating these thoughts from the realistic ones. It also helps the patient to regain control over the behavior he or she doesn't want. Most of the time, the cognitive-behavioral therapy, when combined with medications are very effective in treating anxiety disorder than either one alone.

Other Non-mainstream Treatments

Other non-mainstream treatments for anxiety include acupuncture and massage. It says that both of these methods stimulate blood flow that is responsible in providing relief and calming effect on the body. Breathing, Yoga, relaxation technique, exercise, meditation and prayer are some of the natural methods to cure anxiety. To those who are used to treatments that are anchored to science and mainstream medicine, these might seem to be odd but the fact is many studies have proven that these methods of treatment can be very effective. This makes sense since anxiety disorder is a psychological condition and aiding the change in a person's mindset or reduction of stress with the help of any of these activities can have a positive effect.

Herbal Treatment

Natural herbs like passionflower, valerian, California poppy, Melissa officinalis, St. John's Wort, hops and lavender are said to provide relief for anxiety. These herbal medicines have natural chemicals that help the body to relax. Foods that are rich in calcium, B-complex vitamins and magnesium can alleviate the symptoms of anxiety. Reduction or avoiding too much caffeine, sweets, salts, and nicotine can also help decrease the chances of anxiety attacks.

Any of these treatment methods can be very effective. To be sure, if you want to know what is the best treatment for anxiety, consult your doctor. He or she is the only person qualified to give you what form of treatment you should take.

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author avatar joeldgreat
11th Nov 2010 (#)

I was wondering if I have one. I do worry allot past days. Especially now that Christmas holiday is just around the corner. Worry about huge expenses, expenses and more expenses.

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author avatar aden kendroemen
14th Nov 2010 (#)

Joe, contrary to what current perception surrounding Christmas would have you believe, you have much more to give of lasting value than anything that can be purchased. The original intent was to remind people of their humanity. The joy of giving of themselves, in love and fellowship. Do not let those who are only concerned with selling their products, color your experience of this special time. What better gift can you give than the spreading of joy in the true spirit of Christmas. Your loved ones would prefer to have you happy and free of anxiety, rather than depressed and in debt. Let go of the need to spend, and ideas to give in a way that can never be spent, exhausted, or run out, will come to you. Always remember that your true wealth has absolutely nothing to do with your bank statement.

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author avatar aden kendroemen
14th Nov 2010 (#)

Charlene, thank you for sharing this. I think if more people really worked on the cause of their unease rather than alleviate the symptoms, They would begin to trust their feelings more. People are sometimes more concerned with not feeling any discomfort, Rather than divining the reasons behind it. No amount of medication can take away the lesson that is attempting to make itself known, it will only resurface again, and again until it is given attention. I like your assertion that a solution is to be found in the perception of the individual, that is the only place where it can ever be truly resolved, everything else drawing on the condition, with little power to cure.

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author avatar Charlene Nuble
14th Nov 2010 (#)

You're welcome Aden. Thanks for the nice comment!

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author avatar Retired
4th Dec 2010 (#)

Excellent

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