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

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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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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