Treatment for anxiety should begin as soon as possible, as outcomes tend to be better the earlier it begins. This is because earlier intervention makes it easier to break negative patterns that have formed related to anxiety. The use of CBT for anxiety has been well-documented and shown to be effective for 60-80% of those who complete treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a scientifically supported treatment for anxiety that offers structure and a chance for you to actively participate in your treatment.
This form of therapy is often used to treat anxiety because it is highly skills-oriented and can offer you specific ways to cope with negative emotions, alter negative thought patterns, and manage problematic behaviors. It also offers the opportunity to become more educated about anxiety and how it typically affects those who struggle with it.
Along with learning about anxiety and useful skills for managing it, many CBT treatments recognize the importance of examining a person’s social environment and the impact that their anxiety may have on their relationships with others (e.g., family and friends) and their behavior in social settings. Thus, this program includes some focus on these factors as a part of the treatment for your anxiety. To learn more about the use of CBT for anxiety, please visit the information offered by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (see http://www.adaa.org/finding-help/treatment/therapy).
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