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Anxiety Disorder Treatment from Family Counseling Center in Salt Lake City UT

Anxiety disorders can really take the fun out of social interaction. Living with social anxiety disorder doesn’t have to mean giving up your life or retreating into yourself. Luckily, anxiety disorder treatment options are available right here in Salt Lake City and they can provide a dose of relief.

Every person’s treatment is different, but there is a general course of treatment that is followed by most therapists, psychiatrists, and other medical professionals. Most courses of treatment take a multi-pronged approach to have the best chances of success in treatment.

What Does Anxiety Disorder Treatment Look Like?

Firstly, it is important to avoid alcohol and caffeine as much as possible. Alcohol may reduce anxiety at first, but can lead to problems with dependency later down the road. Caffeine is a stimulant and can actually increase a person’s anxiety. By avoiding these substances altogether, one can decrease the chance of either substance having mood altering consequences. This is broadly referred to as self-care.

The next component of the treatment of anxiety disorders is cognitive behavioral therapy. This approach involves a practical style of problem solving and making changes to behavioral patterns. The goal of cognitive behavioral therapy is to recognize and then change patterns of thinking and/or behavior and, in turn, change the way they feel. This methodology applies to a diverse range of symptoms, from sleeping difficulties to drug abuse to relationship problems. For anxiety, it amounts to recognizing triggers and situations that make you anxious, and then working with a therapist at Family Counseling Center to figure out ways to avoid these conditions or at least control them until they are manageable.

Medications are another tool to be used in the fight against anxiety. A common option is to use as-needed medication called benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, Ativan, Librium, and Klonopin, in conjunction with an SSRI, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. These medications are used alongside cognitive behavioral therapy to fight anxiety and prevent it from recurring.

How Do I Know If I Have an Anxiety Disorder?

Some signs and symptoms include:

  • Muscle tension
  • Physical weakness
  • Poor memory
  • Sweaty hands
  • Fear or confusion
  • Inability to relax
  • Constant worry
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations
  • Upset stomach
  • Poor concentration

If you are experiencing several of these symptoms, to the point that it is affecting your day to day life, it is time to seek treatment for your anxiety disorder at Family Counseling Center in Salt Lake City UT. We’re here to help you with talk therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy, medication assistance, and, above all, an understanding of what you are going through. Reach out to use today to get your anxiety disorder treatment underway.