There are many treatments options for anxiety, including medication, talk therapy, and a combination thereof. But not all treatments are equal.
There are two main categories of anxiety treatments:
- Anxiety treatments that focus on symptom reduction
- Anxiety treatments that focus on addressing anxiety’s core causes, which also treats symptoms of anxiety
While there are many ways to treat anxiety symptoms (there are a number of natural ways to treat symptoms, many much more effective than taking medication), there is only one approach that is the most effective way to treat anxiety disorder.
Yes, symptom reduction treatments can help you feel better in the short-term, but unless the underlying causes of anxiety are addressed, anxiety as a condition has the potential to return again and again. Addressing the core causes of anxiety not only addresses the root of anxiety unwellness but also addresses the symptoms of anxiety. Addressing the core causes of anxiety disorder guards against the likelihood of problematic anxiety returning.
Anxiety ISN'T something we genetically inherit or an illness or disease we contract.
You can learn more about this in our Anxiety Myths section.
Behavior can be defined as: the ways a person thinks and acts. You can learn more about this in our Anxiety 101 section.
Behaving apprehensively stresses the body and a body that becomes overly stressed can present symptoms. So anxiety symptoms are symptoms of stress. We call them anxiety symptoms because behaving overly apprehensively is the main source of the stress that causes the body to become overly stressed and symptomatic.
Worrying about a situation or circumstance is an example of apprehensive behavior. Again, for more information, see our Anxiety 101 section.
While medication and other forms of symptom reduction treatments and remedies can help to diminish symptoms, they should NEVER be considered as anxiety cures. Until the core causes of anxiety disorder are addressed – the behaviors, situations, and circumstances that motivate apprehensive behavior – anxiety symptoms can return again and again. In other words:
As long as the core causes of anxiety disorder are left untreated, the potential for a return of symptoms remains.
Learning what anxiety is, how anxiety affects the mind and body, and more importantly, knowing how to treat anxiety disorder, IS the cure.
Knowledge is power, especially as it pertains to anxiety disorder. The more you know, the better off you’ll be.
Don’t let anyone fool you. There aren't any miracle quick-fix cures or “secret remedies or formulas" that eliminate anxiety.
There are, however, many methods, medications, herbs, vitamins, and remedies that may help to diminish symptoms, but NONE OF THEM CURE ANXIETY. They may only help reduce symptoms, but even placebos can do that.
Recovery occurs when you get the right information, help, and support, AND when you do the right work. Overcoming anxiety disorder requires making healthy behavioral change. That only occurs through guidance, effort, and perseverance. Doing this work, however, is the way through to relief from problematic anxiety.
For more information about anxiety disorder recovery, see our "Two Levels of Anxiety Disorder Recovery" section.
Through our personal and professional experiences with anxiety (all of us at anxietycentre.com have personally experienced debilitating anxiety disorder in our own lives, and have successfully overcome it), the most effective way to treat anxiety disorder is with the combination of good self-help information and Personal Coaching/Counselling/Therapy, otherwise known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This is why CBT is the "Gold Standard" treatment for anxiety disorder.
Anxietycentre.com was established for this reason: To help others overcome anxiety disorder, as we have.
To that end, we developed the Recovery Support area of our website to include a wealth of self-help information. For example, Chapters 3 and Four 4 in the Recovery Support area are MUST READS for anyone struggling with anxiety disorder. We believe this information is vital to recovery, and especially when treating anxiety symptoms.
And for those who desire personal help, our personal anxiety Coaches/Counsellors/Therapists are well equipped and experienced to help every step of the way. Since we struggled with debilitating anxiety ourselves and have recovered, we know the many nuances of recovery. Our approach isn’t based on theories and education only (our therapists are formally trained as counsellors and have their degrees in this area), but is also based on personal experience with anxiety and recovery. What better way to recover than by working with an anxiety disorder specialist who has done it in his or her own life.
Because we experienced anxiety, we understand it intimately. Therefore, we aren’t going to be puzzled or stumped by some of your symptoms, experiences, or struggles. And, you don’t have to be embarrassed about talking about anxiety issues with us either, since we’ve experienced debilitating anxiety disorder ourselves. Again, we just didn’t learn or hear about anxiety issues, we lived them.
All of us at anxietycentre.com have had to work at overcoming anxiety disorder. So we know what works and what doesn’t work. This personal, first-hand experience with anxiety disorder can be an invaluable asset throughout the recovery process.
If you are looking for help with anxiety disorder, our professional therapists can be of assistance. We’ve personally experienced anxiety disorder and have successfully overcome it. We are professionally trained and we’re passionate about helping others attain the same level of success that we have.
We've been there. We know how problematic anxiety can affect a person. And we’re experienced in treating it. Start your recovery today so that you can get on with your life without the bother of problematic anxiety.
So we encourage you, don’t suffer needlessly. And don’t waste any more time or money on “quick-fix cures” or remedies because they don’t work in the long-term. Do what works the first time. Anxiety disorder is highly treatable. We’re here to help!
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder coach, counselor, or therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.
For more information about our Anxiety Counseling option; our Available Anxiety Therapists; to Book An Appointment with one of our anxiety therapists; common Anxiety Signs and Symptoms; common Anxiety Attack Symptoms; the symptoms of panic attack disorder; anxiety Recovery Support area; information about Anxiety; and our Anxiety 101 section; or click on the appropriate link or graphic below:
DISCLAIMER: Because each body is somewhat chemically unique, and because each person will have a unique mix of symptoms and underlying factors, recovery results may vary. Variances can occur for many reasons, including due to the severity of the condition, the ability of the person to apply the recovery concepts, and the commitment to making behavioral change.
"CBT can be recommended as a gold standard in the psychotherapeutic treatment of patients with anxiety disorders." - Otte, Christian. "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Anxiety Disorders: Current State of the Evidence." Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience. Les Laboratoires Servier, Dec. 2011. Web. 14 Sept. 2016.
Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated September 2016.