A Summary of Anxiety Disorders, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Anti Anxiety Treatments

Ideally, a person with anxiety should be able to control his fears to such a degree that he can function normally every single day. People who have anxiety disorders can have long talks with sympathetic friends and family members in between therapy sessions with a credible psychologist.

But at the end of the day, quitting the fears is easier said than done. It can be extremely difficult to pinpoint which feelings are causing the most damage. Anxiety disorders are characterized by panic attacks, excessive worrying about mundane occurrences, imaginary fears and behavioural patterns that aggravate the feelings of nervousness.

Many times, the disorder can bring about physical symptoms on top of the emotional and psychological ones. Heart palpitations are common. The person in question also experiences chills, shortness of breath and excessive sweating. These things could potentially ruin a person’s capacity to work, and the emotional burden of having to cope with anxiety disorder can derail a person’s willingness to make an effort towards recovery.

There are two ways to categorize anti anxiety treatments: chemical and natural. Let’s discuss both.

Chemical treatments are those that involve antidepressants. Logically, a patient would only ask for medication if the symptoms are more physical than emotional. Physical symptoms, after all, are the ones that prevent these people from working, going out, having normal conversations with others, etc. However, many people with anxiety disorders complain more about their feelings of fears than their physical pains.

Antidepressants work on the areas of the mind that control panic and fears. It’s safe to say that a person on this kind of medication can rest easy knowing there is a chemical basis for complacency. But these antidepressants don’t represent a permanent cure for anxiety. As anti anxiety treatments, they only work for a short time.

Consider this. Many users relapse when they reach the last phase of their prescribed medication duration, even when they’re still taking the drugs. Why does this phenomenon occur? Antidepressants may give a person a typical sense of false hope that he has finally cured himself of his disorder. The relapse could be due to the impending end of chemical treatment. The user may have been enslaved by the drugs too much that his relapse is a response to the notion that the doctor would prolong the treatment period.

Natural anti anxiety treatments may be more productive in that the sufferer arms himself with tools to beat the anxiety. Like the cultivation of fears, these tools can bring about positive habits that can make a difference as far as long term solutions to anxiety problems are concerned. Among these natural anti anxiety treatments are self help books and CDs, mind control strategies, cognitive behavioural therapy and music.

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