It is common to experience occasional anxiety. Anything from finances, job interviews, social gatherings and other personal vulnerabilities tend to evoke anxiety at times. These are normal feelings and vanish in some time.
However, for some people these experiences can be more than a momentary restlessness. People with persistent anxiety problems are likely to suffer anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders have different types, depending on the nature of symptoms.
Evidence-based Behavioral Therapies
Athena practices some of the best evidence-based behavioral therapies for anxiety treatment. These include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT is a highly effective, well-established, and lasting treatment that focuses on identifying, understanding, and bringing change in negative behavior patterns. Patients start showing a positive response within 12 to 16 weeks of starting treatment, depending on the condition of the patient.
- Exposure therapy: It is a type of CBT, which works on reducing fear and anxiety responses. In this therapy, we expose the patient to a feared situation or object under a controlled environment and gradually work with them to strengthen their response so that they can overcome their fear.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT): Also known as ACT, we use this form of therapy to develop a sense of acceptance and mindfulness (living in the present). Further, the therapy instills in the patients the commitment and desired behavior to cope with negative feelings, thoughts and sensations.
- Interpersonal therapy (IPT): IPT is a supportive psychotherapy used in combination with other therapies to help people deal with depressive thoughts in adolescents, adults and older adults.
Who are More Vulnerable to Develop Anxiety?
People with the following are more likely to develop anxiety:
- Behavioral inhibition or shyness in childhood
- Family history of mental disorders
- Economic crisis
- Loneliness due to divorce, death of partner or others
- Anxiety disorders in close biological relatives
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder
Listed here are some of the most common symptoms of anxiety that everybody needs to be aware of:
- Profuse sweating
- Rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath
- A strange sense of fear
- Lack of self-control or feeling detached
- Extreme self-consciousness, especially about the idea of being in the company of strangers or having a conversation with them
- Nurturing a wrong notion that people will judge
- Feeling fearful of being humiliated, embarrassed, or rejected
- Reluctance to participate in routine activities like attending parties, dating, or meetings, events and classes
Athena Behavioral Health, one of the leading rehabilitation centres in India, offers effective therapeutic measures, including medication and behavioral therapies to help people overcome anxiety and maintain longtime recovery.