Types of Anxiety Treatment
Having an anxious thought is normal. But, if you struggle with those thoughts daily, then you may want to consider these types of anxiety treatment.
Many people experience signs and symptoms of anxiety at different points in their lives. Often these worrisome thoughts or fears arise when trying something for the first time, before getting on stage to speak in front of a crowd, or when running late to a big presentation at work. However, some people experience signs and symptoms of anxiety that extend even beyond these temporary situations and into one’s day-to-day life.
If, and when, your anxiety interferes with your ability to perform everyday tasks and interactions, then you may want to consider anxiety treatment, including the various options outlined below.
Psychologists and professional counselors are trained in diagnosing anxiety and providing a proper course of treatment. Psychologists and professional counselors are also able to teach effective ways to cope with anxiety and ranging emotions, so that the symptoms of anxiety have less of an impact in one’s day-to-day life.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a common type of anxiety treatment that is often effective at identifying and managing the factors that contribute to anxiety. This type of treatment is often a collaborative effort, where both client and therapist work together to identify triggers and learn individualized coping techniques.
While medication may not cure anxiety, it can be used under the supervision of a doctor or psychiatrist to manage the symptoms of anxiety, especially if that anxiety is highly impacting a person’s ability to handle everyday tasks. Depending on the advice of your doctor, there are several types of medications that can be used for muscle relaxation, mood regulation, and more. Talk to your counselor or doctor to find out if a medication evaluation would be right for you.
- Group Therapy or Family Therapy
Group or family therapy may be used as an anxiety treatment. This type of treatment is similar to the therapy outlined in the first bullet; however this group or family therapy would take place with either a group of individuals experiencing anxiety or the family of an individual experiencing anxiety.
In addition to these forms of anxiety treatment, there are also natural treatments that may be used under the supervision of your doctor. Other treatments recommended by your counseling could include:
- Journaling and reflection.
According to Psychologist Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, “the organization of our brains sets us up for over-thinking”.
If you’re frustrated that you can’t seem to “fix” this problem or move past your symptoms of anxiety, consider approaching your situation from another angle. Ask yourself, “What could this unwanted symptom be trying to tell me? What might I be afraid of or ignoring?”
- Regular meditation and breathing.
Turn off your phone, shut down your email, close any tabs on your computer, and mute the radio. Sit still and in complete silence for a few minutes each day and take at least 10 deep breaths. While sitting in this meditative state, do your best to focus only on the inhale and exhale of your breath.
- Daily or regular exercise.
Exercise is a powerful treatment for both anxiety and depression. There are many physical and mental benefits of exercise, such as improved mood and decreased anxiety, that make it an effective natural treatment. When getting started with an exercise plan, make sure to pick a time that works well for you, find your motivation or any accountability partners, start slow and controlled, try different types of activities until you find one that you enjoy, and set reasonable goals. You can see the physical and mental benefits of exercise during both high-intensity movements (such as running, boot camps, or Crossfit) and low-intensity movements (such as walking, Yoga, and Pilates). Find the program that works best for you and your lifestyle.
Other natural treatments for anxiety include drinking green tea or chamomile, spending time in the sun and in nature, enjoying the aroma of lavender, eating regular meals (including regular breakfast), and drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
Note that some people may respond to treatment immediately, while others may take weeks, months, or even years to see full treatment benefits. Continue to work with your counselor and physician to find a treatment plan that works best for you.
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