How is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) treated?

The primary methods used worldwide to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) include talk therapy and medication, as well as traditional healing methods, which include relaxation exercises or meditation, acupuncture, yoga, and systematic desensitization. In addition, peer support groups, available in many communities, can provide opportunities for those with the disorder to connect with others and learn that they are not alone.
The standard treatment for generalized anxiety disorder consists of medication and therapy. Anti-anxiety medication is used reduce or relieve anxiety, and antidepressants have been found to be helpful in relieving symptoms as well. Doctors may prescribe sedatives temporarily for quick relief.

Additionally, mental health professionals provide therapy. Therapy is used to help a people with GAD learn to manage stress and to develop relaxation techniques. Medication in conjunction with therapy should help people with GAD carry out the normal routines of their daily lives.

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