GAD Treatment Without Medication
Anxiety is a normal part of life. However, when anxiety interferes with a person’s day-to-day life, it can become an issue.
Before you seek GAD treatment, here are some things you should know:
While some anxiety disorders are specific to a certain phobia or a compulsive behavior, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) describes people that have feelings of overall worry and anxiety. Worry can range from money troubles, to relationships, to career choices, and much more. About 1 in 30 people have GAD.
Although each case is different, common symptoms of GAD include:
- Excessive worry about relationships, money, career choices, and obsolete items (even if they have no reason to worry)
- Feeling overwhelmed about minimal thoughts and tasks
- Inability to concentrate in the workplace, school, and at home
- Physical tension and stiffness
Effective GAD Treatment
Research has proven that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is effective in combatting GAD:
- CBT is the most effective GAD treatment and is more consistent than medication use
- Having CBT sessions over the phone or internet can be beneficial for treating anxiety
- Individuals are often able to lower their dose of anxiety medications after starting CBT
- As of 2011, CBT is the only evidence-based treatment for anxiety in youth as well
- CBT Group therapy provides various benefits for individuals with anxiety disorders
- After discontinuing CBT, individuals demonstrate the ability to use and apply the skills they learned in therapy when it comes to dealing with their anxiety
We are experienced in providing evidence-based GAD treatment for those with generalized anxiety disorder.