Does Anxiety Treatment Work without Medication?
Over 40 million adults in America have anxiety, but only 36.9% of them receive treatment. Most forms of anxiety are highly treatable, either with counseling, with medication, or with a combination of the two. Let’s explore different types of anxiety treatment to find out which path is best for you.
Anxiety Counseling vs. Anxiety Medication
Anxiety counseling is designed to treat the underlying cause of anxiety. What does the anxiety stem from? What triggers it, and what seems to make it worse/better? A licensed therapist can help you pinpoint the root of your anxiety and find solutions to target that specifically.
Another perk to anxiety counseling is that you can find coping strategies that suit your lifestyle. What works for another person may not work well for you, so it’s important to learn coping mechanisms that fit your specific needs. Your therapist can give you the tools to use in your daily lives.
Anxiety medication treats the symptoms of anxiety and may help in the event of a panic attack. Some anxiety meds act as daily mood stabilizers, while others are only taken as needed. Anxiety medication is not fit for everyone, and it tends to be most effective when combined with therapy. If this treatment is right for you, you’ll need a doctor or psychiatrist to prescribe the appropriate medication.
Which Anxiety Treatment Is Most Effective?
Medication and counseling can both be effective, either as standalone treatments or in combination with one another. Medication is not required for anxiety treatment, and many people find all the relief they need through therapy.
With this in mind, therapy is only as effective as the effort you’re willing to put into it. You may have ‘homework’ exercises to do, such as journaling. The work you do between therapy sessions is just as important, if not more important, than the work you do in therapy. Furthermore, you’ll need to open up to your therapist in order for him or her to provide appropriate suggestions. You can do this gradually as you feel more comfortable, but the more you share, the faster you’ll be able to take control of your anxiety.
It’s not a matter of what anxiety treatment is most effective. It’s a matter of what works for you! The specialists here at CNLD Testing & Therapy can help you find the best treatment path for your unique needs.
Anxiety Testing Provides a Clear Path for Anxiety Treatment
Anxiety testing provides information to build on with treatment. This process identifies what type(s) of anxiety a person is facing, along with strengths and areas that need improvement. Here at CNLD Testing & Therapy, we focus on the strengths and use them to help a person work through their mental health struggles.
Does Anxiety Go Away on Its Own?
Anxiety as a whole usually doesn’t go away on its own. Depending on the source of the anxiety, the symptoms may subside over time. If you have anxiety resulting from a trauma, processing that trauma may help you conquer your anxiety.
The fastest and most reliable way to get rid of anxiety (or at least, lessen its effects on you) is to seek out professional anxiety treatment. CNLD Testing & Therapy offers anxiety testing and anxiety counseling, along with personalized intervention planning for treatment. If medication is necessary for your anxiety treatment, we can coordinate our therapy efforts with your doctor or psychiatrist. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with an anxiety therapist, contact us at (734) 994-9466. We offer in-person and teletherapy sessions.