Monday, December 18, 2006

Anxiety Disorder Treatment Options

I think the most important thing is your mindset when you are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder; to treat it as a common illness like colds, flu or cough. There is also a need to understand that there are a lot of proven traditional treatments as well as alternative treatments available to you. Wishing everyone good health always.

Now that you have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, what are your options? Hopefully the diagnosis was done by a qualified medical expert that treats people for anxiety and panic disorders. The first thing they will tell you is that this a common mental disorder that effects hundreds of thousands of people. Most importantly they will tell you there is nothing to be ashamed of having this diagnosis. This medical professional will most likely have a number of proven treatments that they have used successfully. However you should take the time to investigate all the treatment methods available.

There is a large amount of information readily available in your library and on the Internet. They are many very good e-books on anxiety and panic disorders available on line. As you do your research on treatment options, you should take notes. You will have lots of questions and your doctor, physiologist or psychiatrist should be able to answer them. Information is a powerful tool in deciding what treatment are available and how they actually work. Some treatments that use drugs may have side effects that will most likely change how you live your life.

Traditional proven medical treatments do work well. Most of these include a combination of psychotherapy and medications. The most commonly used drugs are benzodiazepines, Serotonin reuptake inhibitors, beta-blockers and azaspirones. Again there are many side effects to these medications that you should be aware of. There are also a large number of alternative treatment options that have proven to be effective in treating anxiety panic disorders. Again if you have questions these need to be directed to the medical professional that diagnosed your condition.

A good number of the alternative treatments have been used for many years with success. These include far eastern methods like Acupuncture and Ayurveda. They work by bringing your panic and anxiety symptoms into balance with your natural Chi or energy. These old time remedies cure your anxiety disorder through the use of herbs, oils, poultices and very thin sterilized needles. Many people who have tried traditional medical treatments for anxiety disorders without success have found relief by employing these techniques.

Additional proven treatment methods include daily exercise including, Tia Chi, Yoga, martial arts, dance therapy and weightlifting. These work by increasing the amount of Serotonin and other natural beneficial compounds in your body. These therapies can be effectively used in conjunction with other treatment options. Another benefit is the lack of almost any kind of side effects when using these treatment methods.

Regardless of which treatment that you and your doctor choose to employ, you will need to make a commitment to following the chosen treatment for the long term. Only then will you be able to manage and cure your anxiety disorder.

About The Author: James Kesel, MS,

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