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What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of an anxiety disorder can differ, based on the specific condition a person has. However, all are linked together by common symptoms that include excessive, irrational fear and dread. Because these are also possible symptoms of other conditions, people who believe they have symptoms of an anxiety disorder are encouraged to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Treatment Options for Anxiety Disorder

Treatments for anxiety disorders are extremely effective and often combine medication and psychotherapy. More medicines are available than ever before to effectively treat these conditions. These include antidepressants and benzodiazepines. If one medication is not effective, you and your doctor can discuss others.
The two most effective forms of psychotherapy used to treat anxiety disorders are behavioral therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Behavioral therapy tries to change actions through techniques such as breathing exercises or through gradual exposure to what is frightening. Cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches people to understand their thinking patterns so that they can react differently to the things that cause them anxiety.
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