Anxiety is often treated with numerous treatments at once. These can include medications, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes.
Otherwise known as talk therapy, psychotherapy involves meeting with a trained professional, such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, or counselor.
The goal of psychotherapy is to help the patient confront, combat, or cope with the underlying stressors. This involves examining wants, needs, dreams, and fears. While this can be an obstacle at first—discussing these topics can trigger bouts of anxiety—digging beyond the immediate stresses is often an effective treatment for anxiety.
One popular form of psychotherapy for anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy. It involves teaching a person to replace negative thoughts and emotions with positive ones. The goal of this therapy isn't to change the situation, but rather to change the way a person responds to it.
There are several types of medications on the market used to treat anxiety.
A diagnosis of anxiety may require a person to improve their health and lifestyle choices in order to help better deal with stress.
Some lifestyle changes can include:
- getting an adequate amount of sleep (about eight hours a night)
- exercise regularly
- devoting time to stress relief
- avoiding unnecessarily stressful situations
- career change, if anxiety is focused around work
Medically Reviewed by: Jennifer Monti, MD, MPH
Published: Jun 10, 2011
Published By: Healthline Networks, Inc.