Sorting Out Anxiety Treatment Options: Therapy (pt. 2)
Anxiety takes many forms. No matter the type, chances are that it feels miserable. By making us feel different fears, worries, or panic or by creating within us obsessions and compulsions, anxiety disorders interfere with our ability to fully live life and enjoy relationships. The good news is, that no matter how extreme anxiety becomes, you don't have to live with it forever. There are ways to treat anxiety.
In my last audio discussion, I talked about medication for treating anxiety. Medication can, indeed, be an effective way to loosen anxiety's grip. It's a great route for some people. For others, though, it's either ineffective or not effective enough. Thankfully, medication isn't the only way to beat anxiety.
Another very effective approach, one that can be paired with medication or stand alone, is therapy. Therapy is a common word, but it's often not fully understood. Here, I explore the various therapeutic approaches to help anxiety. An understanding of the philosophies behind therapy can help you determine what might be most effective for you.
NCC, T. (2014, April 9). Sorting Out Anxiety Treatment Options: Therapy (pt. 2), HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 22 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-schmanxiety/2014/04/sorting-out-anxiety-treatment-options-therapy-pt-2
Author: Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC
Thank you for commenting. You are so correct that there are number of different approaches to healing. (Ironically, on May 8 I will discuss more treatment options, complementary and alternative treatments. Isn't it wonderful that there are such a wide variety of approaches to helping anxiety? Everyone is different, so it's great that there are many things for people to try in order to reduce their very personal anxiety.
I always enjoy reading your professional insights. I couldn't agree more that, to manage anxiety, many different treatment approaches should be considered. Additionally, every individual is different so that what works for one person my not work as well or at all for another. As you emphasize, it's common for multiple approaches (i.e. psychopharmaceutical and therapeutic) to be used simultaneously. People are complex, so treatment is too! That's why progress doesn't always occur as quickly as we would like. Because there is so much complexity to all options, I'm hoping that my discussing them separately will be helpful for sorting things out. My problem in doing this has been that my word count is limited!