3 Treatments for Anxiety Disorder to Help You Cope

By: Howard Guy
Anxiety disorder is a generalized term for many psychological conditions including obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder as well as the many phobias. Treatments for anxiety disorder can vary depending on the severity as well as the type of disorder a person has. Some doctors would treat anxiety disorders using different antidepressants like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac. Other doctors even prescribe a combination of antidepressants to help treat the disorder.

However, most people are wary about taking antidepressants for fear of becoming too dependent on the drugs. These medications also have addictive properties in them that can have the patient rely heavily on them for help. Because of the synthetic chemicals in prescription drugs, more and more people are looking for alternatives treatments for anxiety disorders. Patients are looking for a more practical and long-term approach to treating anxiety. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Detoxification

Detoxification is actually more than a new-age relief for anxiety. Our ancestors have used this method to help cure several diseases including anxiety. One method used in detoxification is through fasting which combines the use of laxatives and lavage. Some people also add sauna therapy into the detoxification process. Detoxification can rid the body of harmful chemicals that have accumulated over the years. A short fast can also help invigorate the organs and give it a little rest. Often, a restricted diet consisting of fruits and vegetables can be beneficial. Mono-diets (eating only grapes or only apples) are also another option. However, if you decide to go on fasts that lasts more than 8 or 10 days, consult a physician first.

2. Yoga

Yoga is the perfect relation technique for people who seek the proper treatment for anxiety disorders. Yoga seeks to create peace within one's psyche, advocating positive thought and serenity. Yoga combines physical exercises (the asanas) with deep-breathing (yoga nidra), creating a truly tranquil emotional and spiritual experience. Yoga can not only help you relax but also take away factors that aggravate your anxiety.

3. Alternative Healing Methods (massage therapy and acupuncture)

Massage therapy can be traced back to a thousand years ago. Medical practitioners have used it to treat a variety of health-related problems including anxiety. It helps reduce stress, known to stimulate important chemicals in the body like serotonin and endorphins (called the happy hormones because they induce a feeling of well-being) and improve overall blood circulation.

An ancient Chinese method of healing the body, it dates back to almost 2, 500 years ago. The Chinese believes that there are patterns of energy flow in the body that corresponds to a certain point of health for one person. If this flow is interrupted, it can result in disease. This is what acupuncture tries to correct to improve one's health. It has already been acknowledge by most Western doctors to be applicable to certain health problems including the treatment for anxiety disorder.

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