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Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety Treatments: Alternative or Prescription?

Anxiety disorders are treatable, and the vast majority of people with an anxiety disorder can be helped with professional care.  However, success of treatment varies. Some may respond to treatment after a few weeks or months, while others may need more than a year. Anxiety treatment may be complicated if people have more than one anxiety disorder or if they suffer from depression, substance abuse, or other co-existing conditions. This is why treatment must be tailored specifically for each individual.

Although anxiety treatment is individualized, several standard approaches have proved effective.  Generally, your health care professional will use therapy, medication, complementary and alternative treatment or a combination of these.

Recently, newly researched natural treatments for anxiety have been researched.  Many people deal with anxiety but are hesitant to take prescribed medicine.  These natural treatments include:

  • Passionflower herb
  • Body work (massage, shiatsu, etc.)
  • Mind/body breathing exercises
  • Valerian herb
  • Kava herb
  • Gamma-amino butyric Acid (GABA)
  • Aromatherapy
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • B vitamins
  • Chamomile

(See here for more information)

Additionally, there are prescription medicines, which are available for anxiety treatment and are generally combined with psychotherapy sessions.  These include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Buspirone
  • Benzodiazepines

(For more information visit Mayoclinic)