New Treatments for Anxiety Disorders

Monday, 28 Mar 2011 03:33 PM

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Anxiety disorders come in various shapes and forms from post-traumatic stress disorders to obsessive compulsive disorder and many others in-between. With the help of therapists, counseling, and medications, help can be found for these various disorders. Increasingly less traditional treatments are on the horizon that will help treat the many shapes that anxiety disorders take on.

For many, the idea of taking medications is distasteful. The individual feels they should be able to beat their disorder through other methods. On-going and new studies show that one non-medicine treatment for anxiety disorders is exercise. It's been shown that as little as 30 minutes a day, 3 to 5 times a week, can produce significant results in those suffering from many forms of anxiety disorders. While this is not a new revelation, coupled with relaxation techniques, exercise can help reduce or eliminate the need for medications for those with anxiety disorders.

For those that are looking for medications that will address their anxiety disorders, there are several relatively new medications on the marketplace that doctors can prescribe. While traditional anti-depressants are most commonly handed out, a new trend is turning towards medicines like buspirone, benzodiazepines, and the antihistimine hydroxyzine. Still others take a beta-blocker that will help suppress the physical symptoms that often accompany anxiety disorders.

By incorporating a quality exercise workout, relaxation treatments such as yoga exercises and consistent massages, many patients are able to work through their panic disorders and avoid using traditional medications, anti-depressants, and other more addictive medicines. Controlled breathing techniques and a pro-active approach to conquering the disorder are used together with various forms of counseling and therapy to bring a person suffering from anxiety disorders back to a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Certainly, it can't be said that you can exercise yourself out of panic attacks, but increasing one's exercise and practicing yoga, karate, and other forms of martial arts, in addition to therapy, can often times help one avoid medications. Doing things the drug-free way is often seen as a new and alternative treatment, but many people who have suffered from anxiety, panic, and other related disorders swear by it.

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