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.”