What is Anxiety
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry.
Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych MBA (UK), discusses What is Anxiety Disorder?
Treatment of Anxiety & Panic Disorders
Generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder could be treated with psychological treatments or pharmacological treatments.
Generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder are very much treatable. There are pharmacological strategies, also psychological strategies. Both types of methods are very effective in improving symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder as well as panic disorder.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is the most commonly used psychological strategy to treat anxiety disorder and panic disorder. In terms of pharmacological strategies, we tend to use antidepressants, and those work very well, too.
If you have more questions about treatment of these conditions, please make sure to speak with your family physician or a psychiatrist.
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Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Anxiety is a common mental health problem in which individuals may feel overcome by worry that disrupts their activities, or feel a constant sense of tension, or even at a more extreme point have episodes of panic and extreme fear.
The options are either anxiolytic – anti-anxiety medications – which are commonly given by family physicians or psychiatrists. These are generally useful for the short term, the problem in the longer term is that people can become physiologically- or physically-dependent forming and they can also cause people to feel sedated, so they’re really a short-term solution.
Over the longer term, people want to learn anxiety management skills, which are generally taught through a psychologist using a cognitive-behavioral approach and enabling them to learn the skills of anxiety control.
The medication treatments are generally available through family physicians, but the anxiety management approaches would be usually provided by a psychologist who work in a cognitive-behavioral model.
Presenter: Dr. Dan Bilsker, Psychologist, Vancouver, BC
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Dan Bilsker, PhD, RPsych, discusses anxiety and panic attacks.