If you are suffering with anxiety and/or panic disorder, it may seem like life will never be “normal” again.
The good news is that anxiety and panic disorders are highly treatable and most patients experience total remission or significant decrease in symptoms after 6-10 weeks of treatment.
Current treatment recommendations for the treatment of anxiety disorders is the use of medications known to increase the effects of serotonin in the brain and the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Individual CBT for patients with anxiety is generally provided in 10 to 15 60-minute sessions, but may include additional sessions depending on the level of severity of anxiety symptoms.
Anxiety and panic disorders are the most common disorders in the western hemisphere. Anxiety disorders affect 18% of the US population; that’s around 40 million people a year, according to the National Institute for Mental Health. People who suffer from depression are more likely to experience a co-occurring anxiety disorder. In fact, about half of all people who are diagnosed with depression will also be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at some point in their lifetime.
In additional to medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), alternative and supportive treatment options may help reduce the symptoms and severity of anxiety and panic symptoms. One often overlooked contributor to anxiety is sleep disturbances. More than 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, while an additional 20 million report sleeping problems occasionally, according to the National Institutes of Health. Research shows that while anxiety disorders can cause sleep problems, sleep problems can also exacerbate anxiety. If you are experiencing anxiety along with trouble sleeping, you should expect your healthcare provider to address both the anxiety and the insomnia simultaneously. A good night’s sleep is critical to managing and eliminating anxiety.
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