Anxiety Therapy

Anxiety can be a very problematic disorder and is characterized by persistent, fear, worrying and thinking. A certain amount of anxiety can be motivating but when the fear and worry is disproportionate it can affect the everyday functioning of individuals. Along with medication anxiety therapy plays a very important role in treating this condition.

Medication can help in providing relief from the symptoms associated with this condition. However the factors responsible for causing anxiety cannot be effectively treated by medicines and anxiety therapy can be effectively used. In many cases the anxiety may be triggered by certain events or situations and therapy in this case can allow for these situations or events to be identified.

Anxiety therapy also allows patients to face the events or situations causing anxiety. This allows patients to confront their fears or those situations and events triggering fear and anxiety. Such confrontation occurs in a controlled environment under the guidance of a mental health professional having expertise in these areas. This form of therapy is also called exposure therapy and through such repeated exposure the patient is able to gain control over the situation and the anxiety eventually diminishes.

Anxiety therapy also includes cognitive behavioral therapy. This form of therapy is particularly successful in treating anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on thoughts also known as cognitions and behaviors. This therapy helps in identifying the irrational thinking patters and faulty beliefs that may be contributing to the anxiety. In this therapy new ways are learnt wherein patients are able to challenge old habits and thinking patterns that may be contributing to the anxiety.

In many cases individuals are conditioned to feel and thinking in a negative manner and this can contribute to anxiety. Anxiety therapy aims at identifying faulty conditioning and reconditioning of the individuals is undertaken so that they are able to think in a healthy manner. In therapy the mind is conditioned to react or respond in a different manner as compared to the way it used to in the past.

Anxiety therapy includes techniques to stop automatic negative thinking and using affirmative statements. Behavioral therapy is used in cases of social anxiety disorder and this helps patients to use the tools of therapy in everyday life. Therapy also aims at providing tools to the patient that can be used to attain greater peace and calmness.

Anxiety therapy is useful as it allows the patients a non judgmental space in which the patients can vent out their emotions and feelings. Therapy can be extremely helpful in teaching patients how to effectively manage the symptoms associated with anxiety and how to control this condition. The therapy can be either long term or short term therapy. In some cases the anxiety may become worse due to additional problems including drug and alcohol dependence and therapy can be helpful in dealing with these problems.

Anxiety therapy can be successful in teaching essential skills to the patients for better management of their anxiety. However the change and benefits through therapy cannot be enjoyed immediately. A great deal of commitment is needed on the part of the patient. Therapy can be difficult but is extremely effective in treating the basic causes of anxiety.

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