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Anxiety Disorder Treatments

There are effective treatments available for the anxiety disorders.  Treatment options include psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, neurofeedback, Alpha-Stim, and medication. 

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy involves talking with a trained mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or counselor, to discover what caused an anxiety disorder and how to deal with its symptoms. It is the best treatment for working with anxiety disorders in conjunction with neurofeedback or medication or alpha-stim.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is very useful in treating anxiety disorders. The cognitive part helps people change the thinking patterns that support their fears, and the behavioral part helps people change the way they react to anxiety-provoking situations.

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is an integrative approach that has research has shown to be an effective approach in working with a variety of disorders including anxiety.

Researchers are continually learning new information about how the brain works.  Studies have found that in people struggling with anxiety disorders, there seems to be an insufficient about of alpha and theta waves produced frontally. 

In a number of studies, the use of neurofeedback increased the production of alpha-theta waves participants reported significantly few anxiety related symptoms.  For individuals that do not want to take medication to treat anxiety Neurofeedback is an effect treatment that helps the brain functionally by enhancing its bioelectrical communication process. 

Alpha-Stim or Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES)

CES is the application of low-level, pulse electrical currents applied to the head for psychological purposes.  It is FDA approved for the treatment of situation and chronic anxiety.  It is a simple treatment that can be used at any time. 

The client simply attaches clip-electrodes to the ears.  The reduction of anxiety usually occurs during the first treatment, but can also be seen hours later or even the next day. Cranial electrotherapy allows you to be alert yet in a relaxed state, or an alpha state. 

People have stated that they feel lighter, relaxed, and their minds are more alert.  This is the result of the production of alpha waves.  Different brain waves are associated with different mental states. Alpha waves are associated with the state of being alter and relaxed. 

CES can be used in conjunction with medication. However it maybe necessary to reduce the dosage of the medication while using CES.  It is important to consult with your doctor before you reduce or stop your medication, any adjustment to medication needs to be done under the supervision of a doctor. 

Medication

There are a number of different medications that can be useful at reducing the level of anxiety.  To learn more about medications useful in reducing your anxiety contact your doctor.

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