What are the treatment options for anxiety disorders?

Psychotherapy involves working with a therapist to reduce your anxiety symptoms.
 
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term treatment which focuses on teaching specific skills to improve symptoms to gradually return to the activities one avoided because of anxiety.
  • Exposure therapy is where you gradually encounter the object or situation that triggers your anxiety so you build confidence that you can manage the situation and anxiety symptoms.
 
Medications are used to help relieve symptoms.
 
  • Antidepressants are used to treat anxiety disorders.
  • An anti-anxiety medication called buspirone may be prescribed.
  • Benzodiazepine is a certain type of sedative for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms.
 
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Sources
  • "Anxiety." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 31 Dec. 2015. Web. 07 May 2017.
  • "Anxiety | Cleveland Clinic: Health Library." Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic, n.d. Web. 07 May 2017.

 

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs. Dialectical Behavior Therapy
CBT and DBT are two forms of psychotherapy (“talk therapy”). In both, you work with a mental health professional to learn more about the challenges you experience and learn skills to help you manage those challenges on your own. As with many forms of psychotherapy, it takes time and effort to enjoy the benefits of DBT and CBT skills. But once people master skills with support from their CBT or DBT therapist, they often find their new skills and strategies become second nature- they are tools that last a lifetime! Check out this infographic for an overview of the differences between CBT and DBT:
 
CBT vs. DBT infographic

 

 

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