Brief Overview of Anxiety Disorders

These debilitating episodes are more likely to occur during times of high stress.

It’s also common for symptoms of clinical depression to be present in people with anxiety disorders.

Treatment includes behavioral therapy, lifestyle changes and medications. Sometimes a combination of all three is needed. Occasionally, a change in
lifestyle is all that is needed.

Mainstream treatment generally consists of a combination of prescription medications and referral to a cognitive behavioral therapist. This treatment
method is often met with controversy.

Some studies show this combination is more effective than either method alone, while other studies have shown that the majority of patients gain more benefits from the medications and very little from the behavioral treatments.

The best treatment may depend on the genetics of the individual sufferer as well as environmental factors. Working closely with a counselor, psychiatrist or therapist will aid in determining the best treatment methods.

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