In the United States, 2.4 million people have anxiety attacks. Anxiety attacks are the most common emotional disorder in the US, occurs in more people than Bipolar Disorder, ADHD and alcohol abuse.
Most doctors will tell you there is no cure for anxiety disorder, but that it can be managed with prescription drugs. Other doctors and therapists will tell you that although there is no pharmaceutical cure for anxiety disorder it can be managed using various therapy techniques.
Prescription drugs are the most common form of treating anxiety. Benzodiazepines (Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, Serax and Xanax) are habit forming and their benefits cease when medication is stopped. Anti-depressants such as Effexor and Lamictal are used separately or together to treat anxiety attacks, and are quite effective. All of these medications treat only the symptoms of anxiety, not the cause.
Herbal remedies, such as extracts of kava, valerian and passionflower have been clinically proven to reduce the frequency and intensity of anxiety attacks, but they may have undesirable side effects. Kava is linked to liver damage, cirrhosis and hepatitis. In 2004, the FDA issued a warning about the side effects of kava. Valerian, used in high dosages for an extended time period, can be addictive, but withdrawal symptoms are generally mild. Passion flower has no known side effects.
Desensitization has been successfully used to cure people of phobias by using gradually longer times of exposure to what is feared. Desensitization has worked for some people, but the relapse rate is high.
Energy Psychology is a method of treatment that involves putting pressure on, or tapping acupuncture pressure points in a certain order, and is used to treat a variety of ailments including anxiety disorder attacks. The scientific community is widely skeptical of the effectiveness of tapping, as it is commonly called, but there are those who have benefited by using it.
Hypnosis has successfully been used as a treatment of anxiety attacks. Some patients who have undergone hypnosis for treatment of anxiety attacks report that they have been cured and now are free of anxiety attacks, while others say hypnosis helps them manage anxiety attacks. There are no clinical studies proving that hypnosis can cure anxiety disorders or attacks, but it is an approved treatment for management of both.
The most widely used and respected effective natural treatment for anxiety is Cognitive Behavior Therapy. CBT changes the way a person perceives anxiety triggers and how they react to them. It doesn’t work for everyone, but of those it has helped, many have been free of anxiety attacks for years. The best results are achieved from using CBT in conjunction with drug therapy. There is a chance of relapse, but those numbers are relatively low.
There is no treatment that works for everyone who experience anxiety attacks. They can be treated and managed by various means and certain methods have longer lasting positive results. An understanding of anxiety disorders and attacks and knowing how to manage the symptoms will help you control anxiety attacks.
For immediate help in managing an anxiety treatment, deep breathing and distracting the mind from the symptoms can effectively shorten the attack and decrease its intensity.
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