Overcoming Anxiety

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Anxiety is a very common disorder these days effecting people across borders, people from all walks of life, the cause of the anxiety varying from personal to professional problems. It is very important to visit a physician in order to get the disorder confirmed and then act as per the advice so given.  Generally some medicines are given for overcoming anxiety but mostly they just don’t seem to help the way the treatment of psychotherapy does.

Anxiety and medication:

The use of medications for anxiety management is very common, but not effective without psychotherapy. In fact, many anti-anxiety medications produce dependency, and the withdrawal symptoms are often similar to anxiety symptoms. These medications control the symptoms without eliminating the cause for the problem. Psychological treatment focuses on reducing the inappropriate anxiety response, so medication is not necessary.

The trouble is, chemicals can’t, don’t and never will get to the source of the problem (your thoughts), many of them are highly addictive and after a few months you could be hopelessly hooked on them.  Just like a heroin addict, if you try to stop, your body may stage a revolt. Your mind fights you tooth and nail. And you become convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that your only savior from insanity comes in a bottle.

Anxiety and psychotherapy:

Licensed psychologists are highly qualified to diagnose and treat anxiety disorders. Individuals suffering from these disorders should seek a provider who is competent in cognitive and behavioral therapies. Skilled mental health professionals have the added benefit of having helped other patients recover from anxiety disorders. Family psychotherapy and group psychotherapy (typically involving individuals who are not related to one another) offer helpful approaches to treatment for some patients with anxiety disorders. In addition, mental health clinics or other specialized treatment programs dealing with specific disorders such as panic or phobias may also be available nearby.
If left untreated, anxiety disorders can have severe implications. For example, some people who suffer from recurring panic attacks avoid at all costs putting themselves in a situation that they fear may prompt an attack. Such avoidance behavior may create problems by conflicting with job requirements, family obligations or other basic activities of daily living. Many people who suffer from an untreated anxiety disorder are prone to other psychological disorders, such as depression, and they have a greater tendency to abuse alcohol and other drugs. Their relationships with family members, friends and coworkers may become very strained.


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