Treatment For Anxiety Disorder

Today, researchers and government agencies are working to discover the root cause of anxiety disorders. It is the goal of researchers to learn more effective ways of diagnosing and treating anxiety disorders.

Current anxiety disorder treatment programs combine three forms of therapy; medication, cognitive and behavioral treatment. This combination has shown to be the most successful in treating anxiety disorder. Several medications which have been proven to work well for depression also work well for the treatment of panic disorder, which helps 70% to 90% of sufferers.

Treatment with Medication

One of the most effective anti-anxiety medications available is Xanax. This medication has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. It has also been approved for the treatment of panic disorder with or without agoraphobia, and for anxiety associated with depression.

Xanax has been shown to be very effective in treating severe panic attacks and anxiety, as well as other similar disorders. Despite its success, there are still many doctors who are reluctant to use Xanax for treatment due to its high dependency risk. The usual prescribed dosage of Xanax is 4 – 6 dosages per day. If dependency develops, the medication may have to be discontinued.

In the case of required long-term treatment for anxiety disorders, Xanax should only be used if all other treatments have failed. The decision to use Xanax for long-term therapy should only be made by a qualified mental health professional, and then only if the patient’s quality of life and ability to function will be severely limited without the medication.

If you are being treated with Xanax, always follow your doctor’s instructions and dosage. If a dependency has developed your doctor may discontinue the medication gradually.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

This form of therapy concentrates on teaching anxiety disorder sufferers how to prepare for situations that may trigger panic attacks. Usually the first step of this form of therapy is for the patient to identify a thinking pattern that may trigger panic attacks.

Some forms of treatment include breathing techniques that help to calm someone who may feel a panic attack coming on. This also helps to avoid hyperventilating during a panic attack. During Cognitive Therapy, the patient also learns to better deal with bodily symptoms such as dizziness and shaking. This is a step-by-step plan that involves facing trigger situations and places gradually. For this type of therapy to be successful, it is essential that the patient be very dedicated to conquering this disorder.