What To Do For Anxiety - Things You Can Do Yourself
Recent studies have presented varying approach on what to do for anxiety attacks and anxiety disorders. Both mental and physical factors are considered trigger points of anxiety. Suggested treatments are either psychotherapy, drug treatment, or sometimes a combination of both.
In temporary anxiety attacks such as those prevalent in panic attacks and in specific phobia, it has been medically proven that gradual exposure to the cause of the anxiety may diminish the occurrence of such attacks.
Through the guidance of a clinical therapist, persons with this kind of anxiety disorder are taught to control their reactions to the threat, and are disproved of their belief that their fear is life-threatening.
On the other hand, it is through habituation that persons with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are taught to eliminate their rituals altogether, and exposing them to their particular misbehavior may help them realize that their habits have gone out of bounds and are therefore disruptive.
Persons experiencing Acute Stress Disorders can be treated by allowing them to talk about their unpleasant experiences and disassociated from the cause of the trauma, although reactions still vary from patient to patient.
The most challenging, however, is what to do for anxiety attacks occurring in Post-traumatic Stress Disorders. This anxiety has a more lasting effect and can sometimes be life-threatening. These persons feel guilt to a point of blaming themselves for the situation and may, in effect, feel helpless and worthless.
Empathizing and sympathizing, compounded with genuine concern are keys to easing out the stress of the trauma. Scientific and traditional knowledge have given several approaches on what to do for anxiety attacks and anxiety disorders. Regular physical exercise, relaxation and meditation are helpful to persons experiencing anxiety, as well as strict compliance to a well-guided diet that refrains from caffeine and other stimulants.