When it comes to anxiety disorders, we struggle, we do the best we can to cope, sometimes we fail miserably…and sometimes we triumph. As debilitating as anxiety disorders and panic attacks can be, the good news is they are treatable.
Now I’ll be the first person to say I’ve tried many different anxiety treatment methods over the years, and have had varying degrees of success. A few years ago, I bought an anxiety self help program called Panic Away that I’d heard of but never tried, and I feel I have made tremendous progress. The reason I am doing so well is that I am doing the exact things I suggest to you in this post.
There are 4 standard approaches to anxiety treatment. They are:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy -a psychotherapeutic approach that aims to solve problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic procedure. There is empirical evidence that CBT is effective for the treatment of a variety of problems, including mood, anxiety, personality, eating, substance abuse, and psychotic disorders. Source
Exposure Therapy- involves the exposure to the feared object or context without any danger while the therapist comforts the client in order to reduce anxiety. Numerous studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in the treatment of anxiety disorders such as PTSD and simple
Four major classes of medications are used in the treatment of anxiety disorders: Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors(SSRIs), Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs), Benzodiazepines, and Tricyclic Antidepressants.
It goes without saying that all medications must be prescribed by a licensed physician and taken exactly as prescribed.
3. Anxiety Self Help Programs
There are excellent self help books and online treatment programs for overcoming anxiety disorders and panic attacks. For a complete list of the books and programs I personally recommend, click here.
4. Alternative and Complimentary Treatments
Herbal products for natural anti anxiety relief, including:
Hint: You can – and should – use alternative and complimentary treatments in combination with other anxiety treatments.
How to Succeed in Your Anxiety Elimination Treatment of Choice
Do your homework. If you are going to see a therapist for CBT or exposure therapy, be sure to ask the following questions:
- Do you have any special training treating anxiety disorders?
- What is your basic approach to treatment?
- How long is a typical course of treatment?
For more questions to ask your therapist, click here.
Participate fully in your therapy sessions. Hold nothing back, and perform all your homework to the best of your ability.
If your doctor suggests medication to alleviate the symptoms of your anxiety disorder, ask questions. You want to know about possible side effects, contraindications, when will you feel better, how long should you take it, etc.
If you would like to purchase an anxiety self help program sold online, you must do your homework. Research the program that interests you, read the sales page thoroughly to see if the program resonates with you. If there is a free newsletter or report offered on the site, sign up for it. This will give you a taste of the program and may help you make your buying decision.
You may also want to read reviews written by others who have used the product. I have reviews of best anxiety disorder treatment programs available. Click here to read more.
Once you find an anxiety treatment method that you feel is a good fit for you and your specific situation, work your program of choice as if your life depends on it (because let’s face it, the quality of your life really does depend on it).
If you approach your program enthusiastically and with a positive mindset, this will definitely work in your favor. If your program involves homework or writing assignments, do them! This may sound pretty basic, but I remember back in the 1990′s I had a perfectly good book for overcoming anxiety that involved quite a bit of writing. I skipped over these exercises and then got depressed because my panic attacks weren’t going away. Duh!
If you don’t fully participate in your therapy, fail to take your medication as prescribed, purchase an online program and then let it sit on your hard drive gathering virtual dust, I can guarantee that you will fail and continue to suffer from anxiety. I know this may sound harsh, and I’m not trying to offend anyone here…but it is the truth.
The goal is to keep moving forward. You will most likely have setbacks or bad days or feel discouraged from time to time. Know that this is part of the recovery process. It is about progress, not perfection. You must persist and follow through with your chosen method of anxiety treatment in order to get lasting results.
In closing, once you are ready to seek anxiety treatment, research all your options, pick a program or therapy that’s right for you, and work it until you get the results you want. And that is how you will succeed in your method of choice.
I wish you peace,
p.s. Panic Away is an amazing program for replacing fear and anxiety with understanding and self-confidence that I highly recommend. It has been a lifesaver to me many times over the years.