Anxiety DisordersNearly 20 million Americans aged 18 to 54 have an anxiety disorder. This can include:
- panic disorder
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- generalized anxiety disorder
Anxiety disorders are frequently accompanied by depressive disorders, eating disorders, or substance abuse. Many people have more than one anxiety disorder at a time.
Xanax (alprazolam) has proven effective in providing both immediate and long-term relief from symptoms of anxiety disorders.
Patients are also encouraged to seek other therapies to give them more control over their illness. People living with anxiety disorders often seek help through:
- Behavior Therapy, which helps patients to modify and gain control over unwanted behavior by changing the way they respond to situations.
- Relaxation techniques, such as controlled breathing and positive visualization, to help people deal a panic attack and prevent future attacks.
- Biofeedback, which uses electrical stimuli to help patients to monitor their body functions and develop relaxation methods.
- Exposure Therapy, which helps patients deal with panic attacks through controlled exposure to trigger situations.
- Cognitive Therapy, which helps patients understand irrational fears and thoughts.
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