Anxiety disorders treatment consists of immediate assistance and a range of follow up procedures depending upon how a person responds at any stage in their treatment and recovery.
This treatment at first consists of reassuring the person involved and attempting to reduce their level of stress. People suffering a panic or anxiety attack can be assisted to a place where they will feel more comfortable, and given something like hot, sugared tea to drink. Similarly, people suffering from a phobic situation should be removed from the cause of their terror, and be given reassurance.
In the longer term, people suffering from anxiety disorders can be taught relaxation techniques, which can prevent the onset of anxiety attacks and also assist a more speedy recovery. Relaxation techniques can include deep and slow breathing, meditation, or pilates. Exercise is also recommended because it promotes relaxation and enhances general fitness. This in turn makes people less prone to extreme reactions when feeling anxiety or stress and better able to control their reaction to it.
This treatment can also consist of changing people’s mistaken beliefs about situations and discouraging negative self-talk so as to reinforce a more positive point of view.
People suffering from anxiety issues also need to learn how to express their feelings and to become more assertive about expressing their real needs and the causes of their stress. Often a lack of self esteem is involved with anxiety disorders and so unique programs can be designed to assist with confidence building and to help people to feel more in control.
In present times a lot more attention is being given to the nutrition of people who suffer from anxiety disorders, with diet plans and various supplements which encourage people to take more interest in their physical health. Physical symptoms of anxiety can be greatly reduced if a person is fit and healthy. Giving specific food supplements to counteract deficiencies leads to a stronger functioning of the body systems, so that there is less of a stress reaction at a physical level whenever a person feels emotionally stressed.
Medications are available to treat anxiety disorders, but these days used as a last resort or if someone is suffering from an acute anxiety attack. Pharmaceutical drugs include sedatives and also anti-depressants such as Prozac. (not to be taken as medical advice or counsel)
The problem with taking medication on its own Is that it tends to encourage reliance upon the medication and no movement or improvement of the actual anxiety disorder occurs. Although they may take some effort and time, by using practical methods such as have been mentioned above, treatments will in time lead to long lasting and positive improvements. Taking medications can assist with the most critical stages but ultimately better fitness, good nutrition and high self esteem form a good basis for a person to develop strategies for dealing with anxiety disorders.
For post traumatic stress disorders anxiety disorder treatment often consists of a debriefing about the traumatic event so that issues about it can be discussed and placed into a more objective framework. Care must be taken not to start on a debriefing too soon after a traumatic event because of the risk of re-traumatizing the person concerned. Time naturally heals, and it is only problematic residues that a person still feels uncomfortable about some time after the event that might need to be worked with and resolved. For people who have phobias, anxiety disorder treatment includes gradual exposure to the object which causes the fear so that eventually a person is able to tolerate it, bear it and in the best outcomes, become totally indifferent to whether or not they are in the presence of the object which causes the fear.