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Is There a Cure for Anxiety?

Feb 26, 2008
The short but confusing answer to this question is yes...and no. It depends on what is meant by "cure" for anxiety. If you are looking for a quick fix, something like a pill you can take and with the snap of your fingers you're cured, then no, there is no "cure" for anxiety. However, if by cure you mean treatment, something that in time will help you overcome your anxiety, then the answer would be "Yes, absolutely!"

First of all, it's important to realize that anxiety is not one specific thing; it can range from general uneasiness and feelings of stress and fear, usually called generalized anxiety disorder or general anxiety, to full blown panic or anxiety attacks, which to a lot of people are so intense they feel like they are dying.

Anxiety treatments range from prescription medication to self- help and natural remedies. The medical community usually treats panic attacks with anti-anxiety medication, cognitive behavioral therapy or a combination of these two. Although helpful in some situations, anti anxiety medication is not a cure for anxiety in itself.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on changing the thoughts and behavior of the sufferer. The idea behind cognitive behavioral therapy is that our negative thoughts and behavioral patterns are the cause of our anxiety. Through changing our habits, we can overcome our anxiety.

Whether you are in therapy or not, there are a lot of things you can do yourself to improve your situation. Even if you are currently seeing a therapist or counselor, that person can not be with you twenty four seven, so it's important that you are proactive, developing good coping mechanism. Being prepared doesn't mean that you should always expect to have an anxiety attack, but rather that you know what to do should it happen.

In addition to working on your thoughts and habits, either with a therapist or using an anxiety system at home, there are some simple but powerful things you can try to reduce your anxiety. One of the first things you can do is stop the intake of alcohol, drugs and caffeine. All of these substances can cause anxiety reactions even in people who don't suffer from an anxiety disorder.

Next, you can start getting some moderate exercise. Studies now show that regular exercise reduces anxiety. According to CNN, at least half an hour a day seems to get the best long term effects, but as little as tenor fifteen minutes can help change your mood immediately. Regular exercise can also help you sleep better which in turn can improve your anxiety situation.

Try meditation. Studies indicate that certain types of meditation can have a positive effect in relieving anxiety.

Pay attention to what you eat; are you getting the nutrients that you need? Are you eating enough fresh fruit and vegetables? Could there be something in your food the you are having an allergic reaction to? Studies show that there could be a correlation between certain foods and anxiety and depression.

There might not be a quick and easy cure for anxiety available, but most types of anxiety disorders are still very treatable and there are many things you can do to help your own situation.
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