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Anxiety is something that has to be dealt with on an individual basis. What works for one person may not work for another. What can cause stress for one person may not phase another. Treating someone with severe anxiety and panic attacks is different than treating someone mild anxiety that might only happen (for example) before a exam or flying on an airplane.There is no proven cure for anxiety but luckily there are several methods for controlling anxiety that can be tailored to any ones life style.
Medications are best for people with serve anxiety. In the past the two main medications for anxiety were Benzodiazepines and Anti-depressants. Benzodiazepines, such as Xanax or Valium are best for people with serve anxiety with panic attacks, these drugs are fast acting dissolve into the blood stream with in less than 30 minutes after use. Anti-depressants take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to work and are usually prescribed to patients that suffer from anxiety as a result of depression.The newest drug on the market is Buspirone or as known by the brand name Buspar. Buspar is mild ant-anxiety drug that is non habit forming and can be taken daily or as needed
There are many different forms of therapy available for people suffering with anxiety. One method is “cognitive-behavioral therapy” in this form of therapy the patient is asked to focus on thoughts and behaviors that trigger anxiety. By recognizing the thoughts and behavioral patterns that cause anxiety, the patient can then work on finding ways to remove them from their life and remove the anxiety. Another treatment that is especially beneficial for people dealing with anxiety due to extreme phobias, is exposure therapy. In exposure therapy the patient is asked to confront their anxiety triggers in a controlled and safe environment. After repeating this process, the patient should be able to control their level of anxiety when faced with these triggers in real life.Holistic Approach
A holistic approach may not be for every one but for people who want a natural alternative to chemical medications may find the holistic approach beneficial.One holistic technique is Aroma therapy. Aroma therapy isn’t necessarily a cure for anxiety but it can be quite useful for staying calm while having a panic attack. Natural Oils made of Lavender, Chamomile, Geranium and Sandalwood can be used in bathes, burnt in candles or worn on the body to promote relaxation. Many Holistic practitioners advocate the use of natural supplements such as St. John’s wart, Kava Kava and Valerian root as oppose to drugs like Xanax or or chemical anti-depressants to help control anxiety.
Starting at home
For some one with serve anxiety the first place to start should be at home. If your being bogged down by kids running ramped or inconsiderate room mates, it’s time sit down and have talk with the people you live with. A clean and organized home can make your life much less stressful. Ask your partner, kids , friends and room mates to help out. Lack of sleep, too much caffeine and being over worked, can all add up on top of daily stress and cause more anxiety. Never be afraid to ask the people you live with to help you to achieve your goals even if it’s just something simple like getting more sleep and keeping your home clean. If you live alone, evaluate your home and see what can be more organized. Sit down and ask your self, “What can I do to make my living situation less stressful?” Make a list of what could make your home life easier or what could even give you an extra 15 minutes in the morning. You might be very surprised with what you come up with if you have never made a list before.
Exercise is proven to help relieve stress and anxiety. Doctors and therapist a like recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Out of all the exercise routines available, yoga is especially beneficial for people with anxiety. Yoga incorporates meditation and breathing exercises in the workout session. Its these breathing and meditation exercises that help with calming the mind and body. These breathing and meditation exercises can also be used out side the yoga studio and used anytime you feel anxiety coming on.