Anxiety is a common feature of modern life. When you worry so much that your anxiety starts to interfere with your everyday life you may need some sort of anxiety treatment. The source of your anxiety disorder may be a phobia such as fear of spiders or enclosed spaces, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social phobia or social anxiety, panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These produce similar symptoms but the anxiety treatment needed to manage them may be very different.
Most types of anxiety give rise to physical symptoms such as diarrhoea, chest pain or dizziness and psychological symptoms such as irritability, feelings of worry, unease and detachment and difficulty sleeping. Anxiety can affect your physical wellbeing, relationships, work and daily life. Getting anxiety treatment early can be a problem as many people with anxiety fail to recognise that they need help.
There are several different approaches to anxiety disorders treatment, the choice of which depends on the source of your anxiety and how much effect it has on your daily life.
Research has shown that psychological treatments are more likely to provide long-lasting effects than medications alone. Even so, many people benefit from a combination of anxiety treatments. Medications can help you get the worst of your symptoms under control in the short term and talking therapies can then help tackle the source of anxiety and change the way you think. The key to successful anxiety treatment is to work out strategies that allow you to respond better to anxiety triggers in the long term. There are also ways that you can help yourself to feel better by taking care of your physical and emotional well-being.