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Treatment For Anxiety Disorder
What Are the Treatments for Anxiety Disorders?
Treatments have been largely developed through research conducted by
NIMH and other research institutions. They are extremely effective and
often combine medication or specific types of psychotherapy.
More medications are available than ever before to effectively treat
anxiety disorders. These include antidepressants or benzodiazepines.
If one medication is not effective, others can be tried. New medications
are currently being tested or are under development to treat anxiety
The two most effective forms of psychotherapy used to treat anxiety
disorders are behavioral therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Behavioral
therapy tries to change actions through techniques such as diaphragmatic
breathing or through gradual exposure to what is frightening. In addition
to these techniques, cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches patients to
understand their thinking patterns so they can react differently to
the situations that cause them anxiety.
Treatment For Panic Disorder
Treatment can bring significant relief to 70 to 90 percent of people
with panic disorder, and early treatment can help keep the disease from
progressing to the later stages where agoraphobia develops.
Before undergoing any treatment for panic disorder, a person should
undergo a thorough medical examination to rule out other possible causes
of the distressing symptoms. This is necessary because a number of other
conditions, suchas excessive levels of thyroid hormone, certain types
of epilepsy, or cardiac arrhythmias, which are disturbances in the rhythm
of the heartbeat, can cause symptoms resembling those of panic disorder.
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