The two main treatments for anxiety disorders
are psychotherapy and medication, and sometimes a combination of the two.Psychotherapy,
also called talk therapy or psychological counseling, with a qualified professional is an important first step to get an accurate diagnosis and plan a course of treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy,
or CBT, has been shown to be a highly effective form of psychotherapy for anxiety disorders. CBT focuses on learning specific skills to use in situations that may cause anxiety.
The proper treatment can lessen the severity and duration of anxiety
and make space for other experiences and feelings that are more satisfying and hopeful. Often with anxiety, even a little progress can be very meaningful, as it can provide a path to a different and better way to experience our lives.
Research and experience has shown that processes such as psychotherapy and mindfulness-based meditation can be the stepping stones to change and an increased sense of optimism and hopefulness.