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How can i effectively treat anxiety on my own?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
Friend vs Foe: That is the question. We use the word "anxiety" a lot but many of us don't know much about it - how we experience it in our bodies/our minds; what behaviors get associated w/it like avoidance & reassurance-seeking; how it shapes how we see world (what if something bad happens?). Anxiety involves both body & mind, & helps us survive & thrive! so how about learning 2 harness it? See anxietybc.Org.
Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
See below: Are you anxious about every day stuff or particular events?Generally, it's good to know what makes you anxious. Practice relaxation, mediation, guided imagery (you can google it); keep a diary of the events when you happen to be anxious -- what happened (the event), thoughts you had; things you've done to decrease anxiety; how you body responded (where did it feel in your body).
Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
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Also, if you already haven't done so, contact your physician to see if there are physical basis for your anxiety and take things from there. Good Luck!
Sep 21, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Consider...: There a # of ways to address anxiety: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program or progressive muscle relaxation (to mention a few).
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
With Acupuncture and Homeopathy, you still need help from a skilled practitioner. At least in homeopathy, anxiety is a complex condition not effectively addressed without thorough case-taking.
Sep 26, 2013
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Come to think of it, one needs help from a professional with psychotherapies and psychotropic medications too . . . patient can't do these "on my own."
Sep 26, 2013

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Behavioral Options: See this page anxiety disorders assn of bc which contains educational & self-help tools (incl. A video) for managing, even overcoming anxiety in social situations : http://www.Anxietybc.Com/resources/social.Php effective treatment will involve putting yourself in feared social situations, going from ones you fear only a little 2 others you fear a lot. A cbt expert coach can be a big help!

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