Anxiety Disorders Treatment

Anxiety Disorders Treatment

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    Therapy can help veterans manage the symptoms of anxiety disorders. The following three types of psychotherapy are most frequently recommended:

    Behavioral therapy uses relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises, and gradual exposure to the anxiety triggers to change your response to the things you fear.

    Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on your patterns of thinking in order to change your reactions to situations that trigger anxiety. Exposure therapy is sometimes part of CBT, and helps with phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

    Psychodynamic psychotherapy presumes that anxiety symptoms come from mental conflict that you may not be aware of, and by uncovering these you can relieve the symptoms.

    In addition, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) have also been used to successful effect with certain anxiety disorders. EMDR has been used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is recommended for panic disorder and specific phobia in particular.
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    Research has found that people with generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder who choose both cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication have fewer symptoms and a lower chance of relapse than those who use medication alone. Studies also show that in the long run many of these people are able to stop taking medication or reduce their dose.

    Researchers have begun looking at the possibilities of an entirely different class of drug as a companion to CBT. In several small studies, people being treated for anxiety disorders were given a single dose of the antibiotic D-cycloserine immediately before a CBT session. The drug, normally used in much higher doses to treat tuberculosis, is thought to interact with brain receptors involved in the fear response. Based on initial experiments with rats, the scientists theorized that the drug could augment the therapy by accelerating the mental processes involved in "un-learning" fears. This treatment is still being studied and isn't used in doctors' offices yet.
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    A combination of medication and psychotherapy can be used to effectively treat and cure anxiety disorders, depending on the type and severity. However, relapse is common. Even with successful treatment, it is normal to experience an anxiety disorder again in your life and need continued therapy or medication. Also, even if you never feel that your disorder is completely cured, with treatment you can manage the disorder and live a full life.

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    Preliminary studies have found cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a therapy designed to correct patterns of negative thoughts or behavior, effective for older people with panic disorder and social phobia, and it may also help ease generalized anxiety disorder. However, studies have noted that CBT is less effective at relieving anxiety in older adults than it is in younger people. For older people who can't tolerate anti-anxiety medications, CBT can be used by itself.
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    One type of talk therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), is especially effective in treating generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). This type of therapy is a combination of cognitive therapy, which helps patients develop healthier thought patterns, and behavior therapy, which helps patients respond in new ways to anxiety-producing situations. During CBT, a mental health professional helps identify the distorted thinking patterns that trigger anxiety, and then adapt his/her reaction to the anxiety-producing situation. CBT is a short-term treatment lasting approximately 12 weeks.
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    What Is the Best Way to Treat Anxiety Disorders in Older Adults?
    A common treatment for anxiety disorders in older adults is reassuring the patient and addressing their fears. Watch Ramesh Ghanta, MD, of Frankfort Regional Medical Center, discuss the importance of addressing the symptoms of anxiety.
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    Here is one of Dr. Oz’s favorite breakfast meals for reducing anxiety, loaded with worry-fighting compounds.

    Panic-Proof Parfait: Try a cantaloupe parfait with cottage cheese, dried oats, and pistachios to start your day. Cantaloupe is an excellent source of vitamin C, cottage cheese contains tryptophan, and dried oats provide your complex carbs, while pistachios provide omega-3 fatty acids.
    This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
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    The choice of treatment depends on the type of anxiety disorder, its severity, which symptoms are predominant, and whether you have certain other conditions, such as depression, alcohol dependence, or another anxiety disorder. Other factors influence the choice of treatment, including your age (for example, older people are more apt to have side effects when taking benzodiazepines) and your personal preferences. You and your doctor should discuss the benefits and side effects of each treatment before deciding which one, or which combination, to use.
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    An antianxiety agent is a drug used to treat symptoms of anxiety, such as feelings of fear, dread, uneasiness, and muscle tightness, that may occur as a reaction to stress. Most antianxiety agents block the action of certain chemicals in the nervous system. Also called anxiolytic and anxiolytic agent.

    This answer is based on source information from the National Cancer Institute.

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    Rescue Remedy is a totally safe trauma support for adults or children. It is inexpensive, readily available and can be taken as often as needed: a few drops either directly under the tongue or in water, 4 times a day or as needed.

    Take moments throughout the day to pay attention to the breath. Even one conscious breath can break the stress cycle and bring us back to center. Slight pressure on the space between the eyebrows is very soothing and can be done anywhere. Lean forward at your desk and rest the brow on your hands. When reclining on your side, tip your forehead forward and rest it on the heel of the hand. Gently close the eyes and breathe.

    Simple yoga postures can help ease the mind. Try spending a few minutes in a comfortable, supported forward bend. To rest in child’s pose, sit on the heels with knees apart. Lean forward and support the torso on blankets or cushions between the thighs. At work, push the chair away from the desk, rest the hands and wrist on the desktop, and allow the chest to come comfortably towards the floor. Be gentle and mindful with the body, never forcing.

    Herbs can also ease anxiety. Many find kava relaxing. It is available in capsule or tincture form at your health food store. When purchasing herbal products, it is important to get a good brand, even if it costs more. Herbs need to be handled properly to maintain their potency. Consult your practitioner if you are already on prescription medications, or if symptoms persist.