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How to Treat Anxiety

Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 04:36 PM

In order to effectively treat anxiety, it is necessary to evaluate the degree of the condition in each patient. Anxiety symptoms can be mild or severe and include twitching, muscle tension, dry mouth, dizziness, irregular heart rate, irritability, and fatigue. Effective treatment of these symptoms requires knowledge of how the condition affects or interferes with school, work, personal relationships, or any aspects of daily life.

For anxiety treatment, doctors may employ psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of both. But, medications prescribed for anxiety disorders must be taken with caution because they are addictive and have many ill side effects that can alter a patient’s mood and behavior.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common form of psychotherapy used to treat anxiety. It analyzes the thoughts that prompt affected patients to act and behave in certain ways, and then focuses on altering those thoughts to promote a health mental atmosphere for the patient.

How to treat anxiety naturally:

Treating anxiety naturally is possible in some cases. Natural treatment includes exercise, various relaxation techniques, and herbal supplements.

Exercise strengthens the cardiovascular system to withstand the anxiety attack and the effects of stress. Relaxation lowers high blood pressure, releases tension in the body and mind, and wards off anxiety attacks.

Certain herbal remedies like valerian, St.John’s wort, passion flower, kava kava, and chamomile can relieve side effects as well. Consult a doctor before taking any supplements.

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