When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, research has proven that therapy is the most effective form of treatment, because unlike medication, it treats more than the symptoms. The great news is that you have some options.
Today we’re going to talk about three types of therapy for treating anxiety.
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3 Types of Therapy for Treating Anxiety
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
The foundation of CBT is that our thoughts and perceptions affect the way we feel and then, in turn, contribute to our behavior. CBT can help you…
- Develop new skills and techniques for responding to the anxiety.
- You can learn relaxation techniques such as the 5 senses method I talked about last week.
- You’ll uncover the sources of your anxiety and have the opportunity to look at them in a new way.
- Cultivate problem-solving skills for coping with difficult situations.
Eye Movement Desensitization Resolution
EMDR is recommended for treating anxiety for people who have experienced trauma at some point in their lives. It involves recalling the distressing memories while engaging inside to side eye movement or other sensory input. There’s been significant research that shows that it reduces PTSD symptoms in 78% of patients.
A therapist might use systematic desensitization to treat fear, anxiety disorders and phobias. This would be appropriate if you have anxiety around a fear of flying. Typically the patient starts by learning a relaxation technique and then is gradually exposed to anxiety-producing stimulus related to their fear.
Obviously, there are many other options for treating anxiety through therapy, but the important thing to remember is that there is hope. Things don’t have to stay the way they are today and you will most definitely find the best outcome through therapy.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
What types of therapy have helped you fight anxiety? Comment below, I’d love to hear from you!
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