As someone who suffers from panic attacks or anxiety, you have probably done your share of research into anxiety cures. Many people with chronic anxiety will try all kinds of promising anxiety cures before they seek a doctor’s help. This is most likely because of the perceived (and often quite real) social stigma surrounding mental health problems. People with anxiety problems will often fail to take proper care of themselves until it is too late.
One concern that many people have is that they will be forced to take a course of medication or some other form of anxiety cure that they are not comfortable with if they seek professional help. Some doctors may suggest medication but this is ultimately the decision of the patient and he/she can request a natural cure or some other treatment if not comfortable with the proposed treatment.
Letting your doctor know that you are experiencing anxiety can itself be helpful. Your doctor may be able to tell you if any of your current medications contribute to your anxiety, and can suggest lifestyle changes that may help. It might well be the case that anxiety cures are not needed, in such case. A doctor can provide an objective view on lifestyle changes that can calm or stop anxiety attacks.
When discussing your anxiety with your physician, be sure to bring up your feelings about the various treatment options. Unless otherwise told, your doctor will generally offer you the two most common treatment options, which are medication and/or therapy, so it is important for you to state your opinions about the alternatives for traditional anxiety cures.
Just because the doctor begins anxiety treatment by prescribing medication or referring a therapist doesn’t mean that someone is limited to these choices. People often feel that they have been boxed in and that these are the only anxiety cures available, but that really isn’t true. Any kind of treatment that treats anxiety can be explored.
When discussing anxiety cures with your physician, be honest about your comfort level regarding various courses of action. If trying traditional treatments is not your first option, let him/her know that. Once your doctor understands your preferences, he/she should be sensitive to your feelings and wishes and prescribe an appropriate course of action.
Don’t shy away from talking to your doctor about treatment options for your anxiety that aren’t medication or therapy like (for example) deep breathing and relaxation techniques. Your doctor probably not only knows about these other kinds of anxiety cures, but will probably be quite supportive of you trying these different treatments. He/she may even suggest other people you can see that have more experience with this types of treatments and cures.