Anxiety Disorders

Frequently Asked Questions

11. What's involved in treating an anxiety disorder?

In general, anxiety disorders are treated with medication, specific types of psychotherapy, or both. Treatment choices depend on the type of disorder, the person’s preference, and the expertise of the health care provider.

Sometimes a physical evaluation is needed to find out if a person’s anxiety is associated with a physical illness. If anxiety is diagnosed, the pattern of symptoms should be identified, along with any other conditions the person may have, such as depression or substance abuse. Sometimes alcoholism, depression, or other conditions have such a strong effect on the person that treating the anxiety should wait until the other conditions are brought under control.

With proper treatment, many people with anxiety disorders can lead normal, fulfilling lives.

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Learn more about treatments for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

Learn more about treatments for panic disorder.

Learn more about treatments for social phobia.