The terms anxiety disorder and depression are commonly linked yet present a separate variety of symptoms and therefore, different treatment. If you or a loved one are suffering from a diagnosed condition then you are aware of the trials and difficulties that come with managing such a condition.\n
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he terms anxiety disorder and depression are commonly linked yet
present a separate variety of symptoms and therefore, different
treatment. If you or a loved one are suffering from a diagnosed
condition then you are aware of the trials and difficulties that come with
managing such a condition. Daily life becomes more difficult, and what are
normally everyday scenarios and experiences are met with an additional
layer of stress and uncertainty. The good news though, is that modern
medicine and treatment is continually advancing. Society is becoming more
aware of the dangers of untreated mental health conditions and the risks
that lie on the individual for letting these conditions go untreated.
One of the most common forms of treatment for anxiety disorder is
the use of medication such as an SSRI (or selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitor). Anxiety disorder causes a chemical balance to occur within the
brain which lowers the level of serotonin, a naturally occurring chemical.
Some physicians will prescribe medication in order to chemically rebalance
the brain, which ultimately can help lower stress levels and make daily life
more manageable. Individuals who suffer from anxiety disorder often view
normal tasks as more stressful, so having a low dose of a naturally occurring
chemical has been shown to correct the more common effects of anxiety
Co existing conditions such as anxiety and depression can trigger the
need for different types of treatment however. There is no “one size fits all”
method for dealing with mental health conditions. Treatment will vary from
person to person, and there may be individuals who respond more positively
to different types of treatment.
Another form of anxiety disorder treatment is the use of CBT or
cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT is designed to create a lasting, long-term
treatment method wherein the patient takes a proactive approach to his or
her own treatment. In most cases, CBT will start with a 12 or 16 week
treatment period1. Some professionals will also use CBT because it often
gives the patient a sense of control over their behavior, and it teaches
patients to recognize behavior patterns throughout daily life that typically go
Low cost options are also available for individuals who struggle to
make ends meet. Medication and CBT can be expensive, but there practices
that operate on sliding scales based on the patient’s income. Additionally
there are federal programs and funded health centers that may be able to
provide direction for lower-income patients. Also, patients can check out the
university health centers and local clinics to see if there are free or reduced
cost mental health programs.