What is the best treatment for anxiety?
Many people experience some degree of anxiety, whether it is an obvious affliction or something they have learned to live with. Many millions across the country are prone to anxiety in some way, but only about one-third of those with the disorder seek any sort of help. We at EzCare Clinic know how much of a burden it can be to have a generalized anxiety disorder and how much it can affect your life. Anxiety is not something you should be used to; instead, anxiety is something you should combat and take control of. You might think you can’t get over your anxiety, but as so many others have proven, there are treatment solutions for everyone.
The types of generalized anxiety disorder treatment that exist range from things you can do on your own to medication that a certified doctor must prescribe. Since no one person’s state of someone’s anxiety is equal to another’s, it’s important to understand the different solutions that exist for you.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
One of the best-known forms of treating anxiety disorder is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It’s a form of treatment that greatly emphasizes looking at the different things in a patient’s life and discovering what could be causing their anxiety. This is completed in a few sessions, with the therapist and patient identifying any possible underlying roots that have lead to the anxiety disorder. In this way, the patient not only figures out what is causing them to be ridden with anxiety but to be able to face it and take control of it. It all comes down to figuring and acting out the solutions to these problems, and this style of therapy has proven both effective and popular as an anxiety disorder treatment.
One popular form of CBT is interpersonal therapy (IPT), which involves the patient looking into possible factors that have led to their anxiety. As the name suggests, this means interpersonal events and experiences, such as work and relationships. By locating these issues and facing them directly, the patient will come out of it better and healthier. This can also lead to improved social skills that they will be able to make use of in the future, as well as presently to combat their anxiety for good.
You maybe have not considered hypnotherapy (aka hypnotism) as an anxiety disorder treatment. While it has a history for being a thing a person does to control minds, hypnotherapy seeks to focus a patient’s mind as much as possible. Hypnotherapy works on the idea that anxiety is not something inherent but rather learned via experiences people have had in the past.
At a younger age, we may have been overwhelmingly embarrassed by some event; it could have happened only once, but the effect can last a lifetime. Later in life, when it feels like you’re going to experience something similar, your body is likely to react the same way it did before. This can then become routine, the way it may be normal for someone to have a panic attack before making a public speech to a crowd.
By getting into a trance and focusing strongly inward, the patient will be able to tap into those past experiences and confront them. Some of these memories and experiences could be blocked from one’s thoughts; thus making hypnotherapy an attractive choice for returning those memories to the forefront of a patient’s mind.
The process tends to involve the patient being hypnotized by the therapist, followed by a series of questions that aim to get at the heart of the patient’s anxiety. These can involve reliving these memories and experiences, as well as confronting them in a new way, such as looking at them in a different perspective or changing the event itself. In this way, both the therapist and patient can figure out the cause of the anxiety and work on eliminating it.
Outside of traditional therapy, natural remedies for anxiety are a great form of treatment that you can practice on your own. One of the most critical ways to stave off anxiety is exercising, which can include walks and sports, or even hitting the gym for a routine workout. Exercising lets you focus your energy on something else and release it in a way that is both positive and beneficial for your mind and body.
Somewhat related to exercising is meditation, which can come in the form of yoga. These are not the most strenuous forms of exercise, so they may appeal to those looking for a way to stay healthy, but maybe don’t want to push their bodies too much. The main idea is to get relaxed, and this can even be done during a time where you would not otherwise be exercising. For example, you can do breathing exercises while also participating in muscle relaxation, either by sitting down or by laying on the floor.
Adding to all this is the drinking of herbal tea, which is known to be a calming drink that is also healthy for you. It works as something that can keep you relaxed both mentally and physically, as both mind and body can benefit significantly from tea drinking.
Medication is a popular supplement for treating anxiety, but since the types vary in chemical makeup and side-effects, it’s important to consult with your doctor which one would be right for you.
What drugs are prescribed for anxiety?
There exist two main types of anxiety medication:
Benzodiazepines combine benzene and diazepine to affect the neurotransmitters in your brain, which in turn can help relax you. Well-known benzodiazepine drugs include:
- Valium (diazepam)
- Tranxene (clorazepate)
- Serax (oxazepam)
- Ativan (lorazepam)
- Klonopin (clonazepam)
- Xanax (alprazolam)
- Halcion (triazolam)
- Dalmane (flurazepam)
- Librium (chlordiazepoxide)
Each of these drugs has a different way of relieving anxiety for people, so keep in mind that the effects from person to person can vary. While some of these drugs can last for more than one whole day (Valium), others only last a few hours (Halcion).
Antidepressants are similar to benzodiazepines in how they rewire neurotransmitters to relax the mind and body. Among the most known types are:
- SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
- TCA (tricyclic antidepressants)
- MAOI (monoamine oxidase inhibitors)
SSRIs and TCAs both work to affect your body via the increase in serotonin levels, which affect your appetite, mood, and sleep. MAOIs affect your mood by increasing your level of neurotransmitters; this type of drug can also decide which other medications you’re allowed to take at the same time.
SSRI, TCA, and MAOI medications include:
- Celexa (citalopram)
- Lexapro (escitalopram)
- Prozac (fluoxetine)
- Zoloft (sertraline)
- Paxil (paroxetine)
- Viibryd (vilazodone)
- Anafranil (clomipramine)
- Tofranil (imipramine)
- Marplan (isocarboxazid)
- Nardil (phenelzine)
- Emsam (selegiline)
- Parnate (tranylcypromine)
How to Get Anxiety Medication
If you would like to see if you qualify and can be prescribed medication for anxiety, schedule an appointment with EzCare Clinic. Our DEA-licensed physicians will be able to provide you with a prescription if you are approved for it. Once you’ve been evaluated and approved, you will be able to get a prescription for the anxiety medication that is right for you. So don’t wait any longer for the help you need. Visit our webpage or call us at (415) 966-0848 and schedule an appointment today. We are open 7 days a week, from 11:00am to 7:00pm.