A New Approach to Med Management in Anxiety Disorder Treatment

A New Approach to Med Management in Anxiety Disorder Treatment

med managementIt is estimated that 50 percent of patients who are diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) do not respond positively to serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), the first lines of defense against the disorder. New research published in the journal Expert Opinion on Pharmacology looked for new ways to address the problem in treatment in order to help more patients. Though a few different substances were preliminarily determined to be possible candidates for new and improved treatment, more studies are necessary to determine whether or not these substances would work in human patients.

For patients who are living with symptoms that can include panic attacks and an inability to function due to anxiety, this type of research can’t move fast enough. Their best shot at finding the stability and balance they seek is to take advantage of a combination of the evidence-based approaches that are currently in wide use.

Medication

Antidepressants and sedatives are two types of medication that have been approved in the treatment of anxiety disorders. They don’t work for everyone, but there is a wide range of different medications that can be tried in different combinations and at different doses. For serious and intrusive anxiety symptoms, it can be worth it to explore possibilities before shutting the door on the idea.

Therapy

If the anxiety is based on fear of a specific situation or event, caused by an ongoing or past issue of physical or sexual abuse, or a result of a trauma, therapy can be hugely beneficial in helping you to:

  • Expose yourself to your feared situation or event in a safe setting, thus learning to overcome it.
  • Recognize signs of a panic attack before it starts to better control the issue.
  • Avoid situations that cause anxiety if possible or limit them.
  • Process incidents of trauma or pain in your past that are continuing to hold you back.

Increasing Personal Wellness

You can help to increase the efficacy of your care by:

  • Attending all therapy sessions
  • Mixing and matching treatment options to find what works best for you
  • Being persistent and actively engaged in treatment even when it is difficult, boring or scary
  • Taking care of your physical health by eating well, sleeping well, exercising regularly, getting regular medical and dental checkups, etc.

Find a mental health treatment program that can augment your current therapeutic program or help you to build a personalized treatment program from scratch when you contact our admissions coordinator today. Call now.