The Basics of Treating Anxiety Disorders

While it may be hard to find someone who has not experienced some form of anxiety in their life, there are those whose anxiety never fades which can make it impossible for suffers to lead a normal life. When the ability to participate in certain events or go to certain places is prevented by an unshakable fear of things that could possibly occur many find themselves becoming reclusive instead of enjoying the life they once led.

Suffers of anxiety disorders may think that their “disease” is something that is uncontrollable, but that could not be further from the truth. Those suffering from some form of anxiety disorder can take hold of their symptoms with the right form of treatment for anxiety disorders since it is a condition and not an illness that causes people to become physically, psychologically, emotionally, or spiritually fearful or distraught over any number of situations. When this happens a person’s normal anxiety turns into a disorder because the mind and body can no longer respond to situations in a normal manner, but no matter how bad your symptoms are you can take hold of your anxiety with the right help and support in treating anxiety disorders.

Some may choose to turn to medication in order to assist in reducing their anxiety disorder symptoms, and while this may work for some, it should not be considered the only cure for healthy living. While some may claim otherwise, medication actually has a very low success rate for treating anxiety disorder symptoms which does not bode well for long term success in taking control of your anxiety symptoms. Anxiety disorders commonly occur for specific reasons and are commonly associated with an underlying reason. When you take control over the underlying cause, the disorder that is associated with the cause is gone for good.

When you mask the symptoms with the assistance of medication, you are not addressing the underlying reasons for the disorder which prevents you from achieving a successful treatment for anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorder suffers who choose medication commonly end up staying on the medication for the long term, resulting in a type of yo-yo effect of going on and off the drugs over and over again without resolving the issues once and for all. Until the underlying cause of the anxiety is addressed, the symptoms will remain preventing the sufferer from returning to the life they once loved.

Based on extensive research it has been found that the most effective treatment for anxiety disorders is the combination of the right form of self help instruction with the assistance of a qualified therapist who specializes in dealing with anxiety recovery. A coach, counsellor, therapist, or even a psychologist who has successfully beaten anxiety in their own life and have been free of medication for at least 3 years are all good choices when choosing the right therapist for assistance in treating anxiety disorders. Therapists who are currently on medication for treating their own anxiety have proven to not be good sources for anxiety help. Studies have shown that those who work with a therapist that has overcome their own anxiety disorder tend to be the best in assisting others in tackling their own unique form of this disorder. Those who are still using anti-anxiety meds may lead current suffers to wonder how helpful could this therapist be if they are unable to overcome their own anxiety disorder.

While this claim any bother some mental health professionals, our experience has shown that this claim commonly proves to be true. Many who have previously enlisted the help of one of these professionals for the treatment of anxiety disorders have found that their condition remained or in the worst case actually got worse even after treatment. Anxiety disorders can be cured but you need to have the right information as well as the right level of support to help your end your anxiety disorder once and for all.

Anxiety disorders can be classified in either one of two categories. Suffers are most commonly prone to either circumstantial anxiety or chronic anxiety, both of which can be cured if treated properly.

Circumstantial Anxiety:

This form of anxiety disorder is commonly characterized by symptoms that are caused by an acute stressful event, its circumstances or even emotions. Examples that can cause this form of anxiety can include, but are not limited to, relationship difficulties, a career challenge, an illness, death of a loved one or even educational stress can create a constant level of anxiety. Since the build-up of stress commonly comes before an anxiety condition, most types of early stress conditions can be classified in this category. Once the stress inducing event, circumstance or even emotion passes, the use of the right self help materials, rest and time will help the sufferer resolve their anxiety conditions on their own.

Chronic Anxiety:

This type of anxiety is commonly characterized by symptoms that will appear and then disappear over an extended period of time which can range from a few month to a year or longer. Examples can include a person who has symptoms that come and go at various stages of their life, the symptoms will commonly remain as an ongoing backdrop to their life, and these suffers will commonly be on and off medication for their entire life unless they get the right form of treatment for anxiety disorders. Chronic anxiety also comes with a form of deep seated fear. Many anxiety suffers will live life in fear that the symptoms of their illness will be visible to others. An anxiety episode can last anywhere from a few weeks to many years, while some may deal with symptoms throughout their entire life. Those plagued by symptoms for an extended period of time can also be referred to as entrenched anxiety.

Anxiety disorders can be further classified into even more specific forms of anxiety. The classifications are as follows:

A spontaneous or panic anxiety that can occur regardless of where the person may be.
A situation or phobic anxiety or panic that can occur because of a particular situation or location that the person is in.
A form of anticipatory anxiety or panic that can occur because the person has a thought or fear that something might happen or that a particular situation might occur.
A form of involuntary anxiety or panic that can occur by itself, or completely out of the blue. This type of anxiety or panic is commonly not preceded by a spontaneous, situational or even anticipatory anxiety.

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