Controlling Anxiety Through Interventions & Treatment

Many people believe that controlling anxiety is not possible having lived with it for so long. Fortunately, anxiety is one of the most manageable mental health conditions.

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So, different forms of interventions and treatments have been developed to help people overcome anxiety and panic attacks. Here are some of the commonly used treatments:

Medications to Manage Anxiety

One of the most commonly used treatments to manage anxiety is medication. Medications can be an effective means of relieving symptoms of anxiety attacks. A major down side to this form of treatment is that some of the medications (such as benzodiazepines) are habit-forming.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to Treat Anxiety

CBT focuses on correcting maladaptive thought patterns and behaviors to treat anxiety. It does to by helping sufferers pinpoint their irrational thoughts and beliefs associated with their anxiety.

Natural and Herbal Treatments for Anxiety

There are numerous herbal remedies available that are beneficial to managing symptoms of anxiety. However, one needs to be well-informed as to the safety and efficacy of using such products.

Relaxation Techniques for Controlling Anxiety and Stress

Relaxation techniques effective for reducing symptoms of anxiety include: progressive muscle relaxation, controlled breathing, and guided imagery. These techniques reduce physical symptoms of anxiety, such as rapid breathing, muscle tension and rapid heart beat.

Hypnotherapy to Treat Anxiety

Hypnotherapy for anxiety is conducted by a Licensed Clinical Hypnotherapist (CHt). Using specific therapeutic techniques, the hypnotherapist guides you through the healing process. This occurs while you are in a state of deep relaxation.

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Controlling Anxiety with a Healthy Lifestyle

A healthy and balanced lifestyle helps a lot in controlling and reducing symptoms of anxiety, including panic attacks. Here are some lifestyle strategies to manage anxiety:

Exercise Regularly

Exercise is an effective treatment for anxiety as it promotes endorphin production in the body which serves as a natural relaxant. Similarly, engaging in yoga or aerobic exercises may also be particularly calming.

Get Adequate Sleep

Many research studies correlate sleep disturbances with increased anxiety. Therefore, it’s important to practice good sleep hygiene habits.

Keep a Healthy Diet

A healthy and well-balanced diet may help in the battle against anxiety and stress. Also, the time of day you eat is correlated with anxiety. So, refrain from eating before bedtime or in the middle of the night.

Meditate

Common types of meditation techniques used to reduce anxiety are: mindfulness, walking meditation, and transcendental meditation. Meditation helps the mind relax and achieve a state of calm.

Avoid Alcohol and Drugs

Illicit substances won’t truly help relieve you of your anxieties. In the long run, they only make your problems worse, and may even affect your body.

Eliminate Caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant which may increase anxiety or panic attacks and may also cause insomnia. Therefore, it is best to steer clear of such substances to prevent triggering panic attacks.

Cultivate a Support System

Spending time with people who support and love you may help relax you and increase your feelings of security. Similarly, it makes you less vulnerable to anxiety knowing that you’re in the company of people who genuinely care for you.

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Controlling Anxiety In Sum…

Controlling anxiety may not be an easy battle to face. But it is comforting to know that you have a lot of options available to help battle this condition. So, with a little professional help, emotional support, and the will power to defeat the monster within, you’ll soon be able to live free from anxiety.

Anthony S. Dillon, LCPC, CHt

Anthony S. Dillon is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Certified Hypnotherapist (CHt) with over 20 years of clinical experience providing mental health services in the greater Chicago, IL area. Anthony is the owner, operator and provider of psychological services at Oasis Counseling Services LLC.

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