There are many forms of treatment available. The job of a spouse with a significant other suffering from an anxiety disorder is to identify the most suitable for his or her loved one. Identifying and finally introducing the treatment methods available may require time. Introduce them slowly and move on to a more intensive treatment only and after the initial ones are not successful in producing the desired results. Treatment for anxiety consists of therapy based and non-therapy based:
Therapy Based Treatment for Anxiety Disorder
1. Behavior Therapy – Gaining back control is the goal of this therapy. Unwanted behavior is controlled by a series of challenges. It is designed to help sufferers cope with tough situations through limited exposure to the conditions they dislike most
2. Cognitive Therapy– Altering one’s feelings and behaviors is key here. Learning to separate reality and non-realistic thoughts are the main challenges for those undergoing this therapy.
3. Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) – The combination between Behavior and Cognitive Therapy is known as the Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. It is widely known as CBT. It starts by suggesting basic behavioral change that can help alter the feeling towards a specific fear. This is done with all other things being status quo. It is a short-term treatment that can produce results in less than six months. Willingness to open up, talk and eventually change is important to progress and finally succeed. Sufferers are guided through their fears and encouraged to come up with behavior they deem fit the situation.
Non-Therapy Based Treatment for Anxiety Disorder
– Choosing medication over therapy as a treatment warrants a lot of thought. Medicines are effective treatment but thorough discussion with a doctor is strongly advised. It is generally recommended when anxiety symptoms are severe. Antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications (known as anxiolytics) are generally prescribed to minimize possibility of a more serious disorder. Short-term medication is usually used concurrently with therapy treatment. Long-term prescription suggests a more serious disorder and requires close monitoring of usage to avoid abuse.
2. Relaxation Techniques
– This is effective for those going through mild stress and physical symptoms of anxiety disorder. Simple breathing techniques are introduced to promote relaxation. The body undergoes a series of stretches and relaxing of the muscles beneficial for the general well being of a person.