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does drug therapy work for anxiety disorders?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: While drug therapy can help anxiety disorders, it is more effective if accompanied by counselling or psychotherapy.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: Both psychotherapy and medications can help people with anxiety disorders. Some people benefit from one or both of these types of treatment more than the other. Anxiety disorders tend to be fairly chronic for many people and so it is important to look for long term solutions.

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When must I get professional help for my child if he has stranger anxiety?

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A 28-year-old female asked:

I obsessivly pick sores on my hands and scalp, why can't I stop even though it hurts? Is it anxiety or something else?

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Dr. John Hsiao
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Something else: If it 's not irritation (itching) then you probably have dermatillomania, which is just a fancy way of saying you obsessively pick at yourself. This is thought to be related to obsessive-compulsive disorder & may improve on an ssri antidepressant. Cognitive-behavioral therapy might also help. You could also try wearing a hat & gloves (kidding). Anxiety makes it worse.

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