Anxiety Treatments: Step 1
Understanding it all and Knowing what your options are.
Understanding it All
There is so much to be said about anxiety treatments. But first, you must be sure that you are in full understanding of what you are struggling with.
When you understand what you are dealing with you will be more likely to face your challenge without additional fears or insecurities.
When stress is prolonged and goes untreated, your mind and body's normal functions begin to misfire. People have this tendency to think they are indestructible. They push themselves beyond healthy limits without taking time to manage the stress in their lives. As a result, the chronic stress they experience leads them into distressing problems such as anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and depressive disorders.
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However, there are times when these problems arise for other reasons such as hormonal imbalances, medication side effects, thyroid problems, heart problems (such as Mitral Valve Prolapse) as well as many others.
Make an Appointment with your Family Physician
If you have not seen your family physician concerning your anxiety, panic or depressive disorder, then the FIRST STEP would be to call your doctor and have a physical examination. It's important that you discuss these issues with your doctor prior to beginning any forms of self-treatment. Your doctor will be able to inform you of your many options and will recommended one of the anxiety treatments to you. It is important to rule out any physical reasons for your symptoms first.
So what are your options?
Once you visit your family doctor and rule out more serious causes for your symptoms and you have been diagnosed with having either an anxiety, depressive or panic disorder, you will then have some important choices to make about how you will begin to help yourself. Anxiety treatments will always vary depending on the person, but knowing what they are will help you make more informed decisions for yourself.
Please be encouraged while you explore your anxiety treatment options.
Medication or Natural Supplements? Which anxiety treatments will work the best for you?
Many family doctors want to put their patients on medication right away. You must know that medication is a personal choice. Either way, you can recover with or without medication. For more information that will help you make a more informed decision visit Medication Information. It is important to note that you should never be on medication without being in some form of professional therapy with a qualified therapist. Family doctors, although they can write you a prescription, they cannot help you deal with core problem. In fact, many times, when patients are on these medications without being in therapy, they end up being on them for years without any resolution to their problem. Always seek professional help from a specialist whenever you are taking any kind of psychotropic medication.
Most people will be happy to know that there are alternative anxiety treatments to medications. Believe it or not, there are many natural supplements that work well. Many have already found relief through these specific supplements. To learn what they are and what your options are visit natural stress relief.
Talk, Exposure, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies - Anxiety treatments that work!
Talk Therapy is when you talk to a therapist about your problems and work it out under their supervision. This can be done with or without medication or even with the use of natural supplement therapy.
Exposure Therapy is when you slowly expose yourself to a situation that is causing you a problem and slowly desensitize yourself to it over time. This therapy is usually done taking baby steps. It can be done under the supervision of a therapist or it can be done on your own depending on the severity of your problem.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the most effective forms of therapy that has shown long lasting results. This type of therapy involves both, changing your thoughts and your behavior at the same time. This type of therapy is what I have found to be most helpful in my recovery journey. This type of therapy can also be done under the supervision of a therapist or it can be done on your own. It also works well with or without medication or natural supplement therapy.
Some therapists specialize in treating specific disorders. If you want to work with a therapist, be sure to do your research first to be sure you are picking someone that will meet your specific needs.
What will you do?
With so many anxiety treatments before you, you can now make healthy decisions for yourself.
Still don't know?
Make sure you do your research. The more you know and understand, the better you will be able to make the best choice for yourself.
Step 1 Actions:
1. Learn all you can. Read all the information provided to you on this page. Be sure to write down any questions you might have in a notebook and then research for the answers.
2. Call your family doctor and make an appointment for a physical examination.
3. After you have seen your doctor and know how you would like to proceed, it's time to work on Step 2.
Do not move forward until you are ready!