- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Treat Anxiety
Effective treatment usually involves a combination of interventions, including:
- Get sufficient rest and sleep.
- If you smoke, quit.
- Reduce or eliminate caffeinated beverages.
- Drink alcohol in moderation.
- Avoid illicit drugs.
- Reduce exposure to stressful environments.
- Exercise regularly.
- Deep breathing
- Deep muscle relaxation
- Engaging in pleasurable activities
- Strong support system of family and friends
- Counseling to improve coping skills
- Support groups
This therapy addresses thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that play a role in anxiety. It helps you work through traumas and conflicts.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help you identify negative thought patterns and behaviors. Over time, you can learn to retrain your thinking. This will help you choose better options in response to stress and anxiety.
For severe anxiety or anxiety disorder, medicines may include:
- Antidepressants (eg, tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors [SSRIs])
If you are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, follow your doctor's instructions.