Tools for the Treatment of Anxiety.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) CBT is a very effective treatment for anxiety. During CBT, the unhealthy thinking patterns that create anxiety are identified, and challenged. Oftentimes, CBT will also include components of exposure therapy and relaxation skills.
Exposure Therapy During exposure therapy, the therapist and their client create a plan to gradually face anxiety producing situations, thus breaking the cycle of avoidance. With enough exposure, the anxiety loses its power, and the symptoms diminish.
Relaxation Skills Various techniques—such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness—provide immediate relief from the symptoms of anxiety. With practice, relaxation skills will become a powerful way to manage anxiety in the moment
.Listening to Music. Some people find listening to music a great way to relax especially classical music, or music that is soft in nature as opposed to heavy rock music.
Medication can help control the uncomfortable symptoms of anxiety. However, because medication does not fix the underlying problems of anxiety, it is typically used in conjunction with therapy. The need for medication varies greatly, case-by-case. It is very important to talk to your doctor before considering taking medication for the treatment of anxiety.