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Anxiety disorder treatments

The most common thing we do when we are anxious is avoid the thing that led to our anxiety. Although this might work well in the short term it is not a useful long-term strategy. The message your body receives is that there is danger and you never learn about your fear and how to control it.

Most treatments for anxiety aim to help you with your symptoms and to learn how not to avoid anxiety-provoking situations.

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Online therapies and education about anxiety

Psychological treatments (talk therapy)

Talking therapies help with all the anxiety disorders, for children, teens, and adults. Your GP should be able to recommend a therapist whose charges you can afford, or refer you for some free counselling.

Medications

On the next page: More information about anxiety disorders

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated May 2016.

See also:

Medications for mental health issues

Reading in Mind book scheme

Relaxation techniques

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