Treating Anxiety Disorders

AnxietyAnxiety disorders are treatable, and the vast majority of people with an anxiety disorder can be helped with professional care.

Success of treatment varies. Some may respond to treatment after a few weeks or months, while others may need more than a year. Treatment may be complicated if people have more than one anxiety disorder or if they suffer from depression, substance abuse, or other co-existing conditions. This is why treatment must be tailored specifically for each individual.

Although treatment is individualized, several standard approaches have proved effective. Your health care professional will use one or a combination of these treatments:

  • Therapy
  • Medication
  • Complementary and alternative treatment
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)