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Types Of Anxiety Disorders

Treatment for Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are generally treated with therapies and or medications. Individuals should be evaluated and given some options for treatment based on their own personal history.

Psychotherapy is a therapy that involves talking about the issues to learn to control anxiety and the behaviors associated with the disorder. Individual therapy, as well as group therapy, can be beneficial.

Anti-anxiety medications are another tool used for the treatment of anxiety. While medications cannot remove the disorder, they can lessen or relieve the symptoms.


Types of Medications for Anxiety

Medications can help alleviate physical symptoms, but they do not cure anxiety disorders.

All medications must be prescribed and monitored by a doctor or psychiatrist.

The most common medication prescribed for anxiety disorders is benzodiazepines. These medications are effective and take effect faster than other antidepressant medications. However, there are some drawbacks.

Taking a benzodiazepine for a long time can cause a person to build up tolerance. If a tolerance occurs, there may be a need to take higher, and higher dosage amounts to achieve the same effect as when they were first prescribed. This can also cause dependency issues.

Antidepressants can also be used to treat anxiety disorders. This type of medication works to improve the chemicals that control mood or stress. These medications take time to build up in your system and work.

A different type of anti-anxiety medication is buspirone. Buspirone is a non-benzodiazepine medication specifically indicated for the treatment of chronic anxiety. Like the other medications, it is important to work closely with a doctor to determine which one is best suited for the individual.

Beta-blockers have also been used in some cases to treat anxiety. These seem to help to relieve physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, shaking, or trembling. These medications are usually not used long-term and sometimes only to deal with a predictable form of anxiety, such as speaking in front of a large group when one has anxiety attacks.

The combination of medication and therapy can be effective. However, medications in teens need to be monitored by a doctor very closely. There have been some increases in suicidal thoughts or behaviors when starting antidepressant medications in people under 25. Please keep up with doctor’s appointments and tell your doctor of any changes in mood or behaviors.

Types of Therapy for Anxiety

A few different types of therapy can be used to help treat teens suffering from anxiety disorders.

Psychotherapy is commonly used with people who have anxiety disorders. Talk therapy is individualized to the teen.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is another treatment used to support teens with anxiety disorders. CBT works by teaching people different ways of thinking and reacting to anxiety-producing objects and situations.

CBT will often involve “homework” on the part of the individual. By exposing themselves to fearful situations and using the methods taught in CBT sessions, people can learn how to engage in activities they may have been avoiding due to anxiety.

Exposure Therapy

Exposure therapy is also a method that can be used to treat anxiety disorders in teens. This therapy focuses on the individual confronting their fears while engaging in the activities that cause the fear.

This type of therapy could be done in a few ways.

One way is confronting actual real-life situations or objects that cause intense fear. This is known as in vivo exposure.

Imaginal exposure is when someone may be asked to vividly recall a situation that caused them intense fear or trauma. This has been known to work by allowing the patient to describe the experience to reduce the feeling of fear.

Virtual reality exposure is being used as technology continues to advance. Someone who may fear flying can take a virtual flight in the safety of a psychologist’s office. Being able to experience the event while also being reminded to use the newly learned coping skills allows new experiences to replace the ones filled with fear.

Another type of exposure therapy is known as interoceptive therapy. This therapy causes deliberate physical sensations that are harmless yet feared by the individual.

For example, someone who experiences panic disorder may avoid situations where their heart speeds up. Interoceptive therapy may involve running in place to learn that this sensation is not dangerous

Dealing with Teens and Anxiety

Anxiety disorders vary from teenager to teenager. Some teens may have physical symptoms or just seem withdrawn and tired.

Adolescence is a time when people experience so many changes physically due to hormones and puberty. These changes in themselves can create symptoms that may appear to be normal changes or could be signs of anxiety.

Being a teenager is hard as school demands, and other responsibilities increase. Adolescents are learning about relationships and trying to find independence. These can all be stressors.

It is important for teens dealing with anxiety to remember they are not alone. Many teens struggle or have struggled in the past with this issue.

Finding someone who can provide the support you need is very important in learning how to manage mental health issues.

Managing anxiety is possible through treatment. Working on developing strategies to cope with anxious episodes allows teens and adolescents who are struggling to gain control over their mental health issues.

Modern Recovery Services

Whether your teen has come to you asking for therapy or if you are concerned and would like an outside perspective, Modern Recovery is here to help. Contact us today for more information or if you have any questions regarding health insurance coverage. We would be happy to help you find the answers you need.

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