Stress is something that we all must deal with and some of us deal with it better than others. Unfortunately, there are some who feel the panic that is indicative of anxiety disorder with such ferocity that it causes a serious and detrimental issue in their lives. There are many avenues of anxiety relief and thankfully most panic sufferers respond well enough to treatments that their lives are manageable and they are able to function in a mostly normal manner.
Before one can seek treatment, he must first be diagnosed. Once there is an accurate diagnosis, the treatment plan can be devised to help combat his anxiety and stress. There are three types of anxiety relief: continual therapy, short term fixes that help to deal with his symptoms and lifelong changes that maintain our bodies in homeostasis.
The Long Haul
Anxiety relief is often achieved using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) are classified as antidepressants and work to disable receptors in the brain that absorb serotonin, a chemical known to affect mood. These come under the trade names of Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft and Lexapro and they actually change the chemistry of the brain. Their properties are intended to provide a constant level of relief and their effects can take up to a month to kick in.
SSRIs can be taken along with other medications because it rarely causes any side effects. The drug is also not addictive in nature. When considering discontinuing the dosage, one should gradually wean off instead of stopping completely. This gives the brain some time to recondition itself. Unfortunately, some victims have to be put on a lifelong prescription plan.
Psychotherapy is an effective technique that helps the panic stricken to cope with feelings and emotions through cognitive thinking and behaviour modifications. These modifications are generally adopted for a lifetime and are routines and exercises to help cope with stressful situations.
Medications in the benzodiazepine class are short term solutions that help to tranquilize and restore calmness in the victim’s mind. It is often used when the patient feels that an attack is imminent.
They are marketed under the names Xanax, Valium and Ativan, among others and are the most prescribed anxiety relief medication. They work within an hour of being ingested and have an immediate calming effect. They are intended for use in unusually stressful situations and not for the tensions of everyday life.
Focusing the mind away from thoughts that cause stress has come to be a very effective method of anxiety relief. Get comfortable and centre your thoughts on some type of calming image or situation, visualize yourself in a peaceful setting, remain focused and shun all unpleasant thoughts for about five minutes. Many people find this exercise very refreshing and resort to it in times of impending stress.
Teas that are made with St John’s Wort or Chamomile leaves have been used as herbal remedies to help bring about a calm state of mind. Many other herbs are found to have the same effects as well. The best treatment plan is one that takes into account the various alternatives that help one get on his road to recovery.