Anxiety Symptoms and Types
Common Symptoms of Anxiety
How are anxiety disorders treated?
Exact treatment methods depend on the individual and the type of disorder they have, but a combination of therapeutic, pharmacologic, and lifestyle changes can alleviate and manage anxiety.
Talk therapy, group therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) help patients deal with the day-to-day realities of life, what is currently happening to them, and how to change their responses and internal dialogue. With talk therapy, patients can explore how to improve their responses to current stressors and stimuli. Anxiety disorder sufferers can explore, in a safe setting, what their triggers are and how to manage them.
In CBT, patients are able to explore their internal dialogue, belief systems, and values, and ask themselves how these things influence their choices. This is especially helpful for people who’ve self-medicated their anxiety symptoms with drugs and alcohol. By learning how to change their perceptions and emotional responses with the guidance of a trained therapist, patients are able to change their behavior from the inside out. This gives them a better framework and foundation from which to navigate life, decreasing their chances of relapse.
Group therapy is especially helpful for recovering addicts. Group therapy settings give people a feeling of comradery and support they can’t get in one-on-one sessions. In addition, patients are able to share knowledge, wisdom, and advice with each other.
Therapy alone is not adequate for treating anxiety disorders. Sufferers also need prescription medication to manage and alleviate debilitating symptoms. SSRIs, SNRIs, and short-term sleep aids are proven to help in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
While anxiety disorders and drug addiction are distressing, painful, and disruptive for sufferers and their loved ones, there is hope. With help from trained therapists and medical staff, patients can go on to make a full recovery from drug addiction and live a life free from the pain and fear of anxiety.
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