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Patients can improve their mental health by visiting a psychiatrist or a mental health specialist for anxiety treatment. If you struggle with panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or other forms of anxiety, you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety problems impact 40 million individuals annually, or 19.1% of the country's total population. 

Psychotherapy is the most effective treatment for many anxiety problems. This approach can help patients identify the root cause of their anxieties and learn how to relax and build healthy coping strategies and problem-solving abilities. In essence, counseling equips patients with the methods to manage their anxiety.

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Anti-anxiety medications can address symptoms, but many patients with anxiety disorder benefit from therapy's self-reflective process because it helps them better comprehend, recognize, and change their anxiety. Healthy coping strategies are essential in the event of anxiety attacks. Many of the following treatments are often included in an anxiety treatment plan.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

When treating anxiety problems, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an often-utilized therapy. CBT is based on the idea that thoughts, rather than external events, influence one's feelings, thoughts, and actions.

CBT aims to change the way that patients think about the world and themselves by addressing their negative ideas and actions. It has two basic parts: Cognitive therapy focuses on the role that negative ideas have in anxious and apprehensive feelings, and behavioral therapy focuses on how actions and emotions in a given scenario might cause patients to feel anxious.

CBT aims to uncover unhealthy ideas and beliefs, confront them, and replace them with healthier, more constructive ones through homework, goal-setting, group therapy, and organized therapy sessions. Co-occurring ailments, such as mood disorders (major depression, bipolar disorder, etc.), may be effectively treated with CBT.

Exposure therapy

As the name implies, exposure therapy involves exposing patients to things or circumstances that trigger their anxiety. Through repeated exposure, clients get a greater feeling of mastery over their fearful circumstances, and they are better able to cope with their excessive anxiety.

Exposure therapy can take different approaches. Psychiatrists can have their patients imagine or eventually face their fears in the actual world. CBT and exposure treatment may be used in tandem.

Psychodynamic therapy

Psychodynamic treatment focuses on identifying and resolving dysfunctional thought and behavior patterns that have their origins in previous experiences. Patients who want psychodynamic therapy should expect the mental health professional to employ open-ended questioning and free association to elicit information from them.

At the end of each treatment session, the therapist and client work together to uncover the underlying causes of their behavior. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, clients may learn to overcome troublesome behaviors and moods by bringing these linkages to light.

Anti-anxiety medications

Talk therapy is often used as the first-line treatment for anxiety disorders. Anti-anxiety drugs may help alleviate anxiety's physical symptoms, enabling people to function and feel better, but they cannot treat the underlying emotional and psychological reasons for anxiety or help patients develop new methods to deal with anxiety symptoms. Common medications for anxiety disorder include serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and anti-anxiety medications.

Conclusion

Anxiety symptoms might become so severe that they interfere with your regular activities. Choosing the correct mental health professional for anxiety treatment is vital. The psychiatrist will create an individualized treatment plan to address your condition.

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