148. Effective Treatments for Anxiety

From Mind, Mood & Memory

Seeing a doctor for persistent anxiety is important, but trying these non-medical strategies as well may also help reduce levels of anxiety.

  • Relaxation techniques such as mindfulness meditation and yoga.
  • Regular exercise.
  • Avoidance of anxiety-promoting substances, such as caffeine, nicotine, and over-the-counter cold preparations.
  • Identifying and addressing problems that are making you anxious.
  • Distracting yourself from your worries with enjoyable and absorbing activities.

 Dr. Kinry states that “Anxiety disorders are very responsive to treatment. The most common approach is to prescribe antidepressant medications – for example, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), with brand names such as Prozac, Celexa, and Zoloft, or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), with brand names such as Effexor and Cymbalta. Short-term use of a benzodiazepine anti-anxiety agent such as Xanax, Ativan, or Klonopin may also be helpful A form of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy is associated with significant improvements in measures of anxiety, and may be even more effective when used in combination with antidepressant medications.”

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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2 Responses to 148. Effective Treatments for Anxiety

  1. I think doctors in the UK are less effective at dealing with anxiety. Or rather I have been told that therapy is the best form of treatment…

    • Patrick Day says:

      Psychotherapy is the best form of treatment in the long run because it gets at the causes and not just the symptoms of anxiety. However, if the anxiety is acute, psychotherapy will be of no use until a person stabilizes, and that could mean medication on a short-term basis.

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