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Sorry for being a day late with this post…
Ok, so many of us suffer from some form of anxiety disorder… The truth is most anxiety disorder is left untreated. And when we have anxiety at a certain time in our lives, but the anxiety goes away that may seem like the route to go through.
But, what happens if this anxiety doesn’t go away… or keeps us from living the life we want to live. Then something has to be done.
Most of the time anxiety disorder is treated with just a medication. The medication can be short term or long term. So, people will need to take medication their entire life, while other just might need something to get past a specific anxiety attack.
Of course, this does not always treat the problem but mask it’s symptoms. It’s like putting a band-aide on a huge gaping wound… it might stop the bleeding but only while we wear the band-aide.
Psychotherapy is a type of counseling that looks at the response we are giving for the mental illness. It can lead to major breakthroughs. And help treat the condition while the medication is treating the symptoms.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a form of Psychotherapy that tries to change the reactions that we have, by forcing us to come to terms with our fears. A great example of this was a show on VH1 called the OCD project.
In OCD project all of the patients in the show had to tackle their fears by actually going through them over and over again. For instance, their was a woman that was afraid to drive her car around baby strollers. So, she was made to drive around them for awhile, until it stopped being a fear.
Then they looked at why she was having this fear. She didn’t want to hit or hurt the babies. The doctor threw baby dolls in front of her care while she was driving.
This may sound a little strange, but it ended up helping her in such a way that she can now live a more normal life.
There’s also relaxation therapy that people suffering anxiety disorder can go through… like mediation. Forcing somebody with anxiety to slow down can some times ease some of the symptoms.
Diet and Exercise is not always thought of when it comes to helping anxiety disorder. But, think of how many stimulates we take in on a daily bases. From caffeine to alcohol. Chocolate to nicotine. These are mood altering substances. That can increase our likelihood of having anxiety disorder.
People with Anxiety Disorder should try to encompass as many of these treatments as possible.
Tuesday, we’ll take a look at some of the alternative methods for treatment of anxiety disorder.