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In a world full of stress and worry, it has become more prevalent than ever that people are victims of anxiety. For some people it can just be a minor problem and for others it can become a life crippling disease. No matter what the level of your anxiety there are many options to help relieve your anxiety. While some people look down on mental problems it is nothing to be ashamed of and getting help does not make you weak or admitting your crazy.
One of the most helpful options for all types of anxiety is cognitive therapy. Even if you end up having to take medicine for your anxiety you still should seek cognitive therapy as it is the most helpful way of controlling anxiety. Cognitive therapy is practiced by seeing a therapist. You can talk about your problems with anxiety and how you deal with them. The therapist can then help you put things in perspective and give you tips on how to help control the anxiety through exercises and the way you think. If you do not have the time or intimated by going to a therapist you can still do cognitive therapy on your own by reading books and doing workbooks on controlling anxiety.
When anxiety is not controllable through just cognitive exercises one might have to consider going on medication. When taking medication for anxiety it can be very confusing as, unlike other diseases, there is no straightforward treatment that will work for most people. You should carefully go over options with your doctor and go in detail on how your anxiety affects you and what medications has the best chance of helping you. Give the pills time to work it usually take from two to 6 weeks before you will notice any big difference in reduction of your anxiety. IF the medicine ends up not working for you do not get frustrated. You will just need to try another medication or combonation of medications to find what works for you.
Some people who do not want to take medication or just have minor anxiety may want to look at natural herbs and remedies. Valerian is one of the most popular herbs to use as it has sedative qualities and a painkiller. Valerian is more effective at bedtime and should only be used short term, as the effects of the herb in long-term use are not known. Kava kava is the most used herb for relief of daytime anxiety and like Valerian; it should not be taken continually for long periods. Other herbs know to help with anxiety are Bungleweed, California poppy, Lemon balm, Verbena, and St. John’s Wort.
Lifestyle changes can help reduced anxiety. You can cut down on caffeine and exercise, as they are known to help reduce anxiety. No matter which way you choose to address your problem do not give up as it may take several different methods to find what will work for you.