Anxiety and Depression Treatment

Anxiety and depression treatment helps to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression are the twin towers of mental disorders with research clearly showing that depression and anxiety take its toll on the mind and body.

Anxiety and depression:

  • affect brain function
  • disrupt the sleep cycle
  • change the hormone balance in your body
  • affects your immune system
  • influence your fight and flight response
  • disrupt your gastrointestinal system

But the treatment for depression and anxiety is different for different types of anxiety and depression.

For example some types of depression and anxiety respond quite well to therapy while others such as melancholic or psychotic depression respond better to medications.

Here we discuss some of the psychological treatments for anxiety and depression that relieve some of the anxiety depression symptoms.

Cognitive behavior therapy

Treating anxiety disorders and depression can be done many different ways although cognitive behavior therapy has the most research conducted on.

Cognitive behavior therapy can help the depressed or anxious person to schedule more positive activities into their life.

The way that thought patterns influence feelings is explored in the person with depression and and anxiety.

This exploration of thought patterns is also important in many other disorders such as panic disorder, anxiety attacks and other anxiety disorders.

Structured problem solving

Things can be overwhelming for the person suffering from depression and anxiety. To deal with day-to-day issues that arise and also other problems it is helpful to explore different approaches.

Structured problem solving is used to do this.

Cognitive therapy

When depressed it is very difficult to think happy thoughts. Depressed people tend to think negative thoughts about themselves (e.g. "I'm stupid," or "I am hopeless/worthless") and have a pessimistic view of the world (e.g. "nothing is good in this world" and the their future in it (e.g. "no matter what I do it is not going to change").

This negative thinking influences feelings and impedes recovery and makes your more vulnerable to a relapse of depression. Cognitive therapy challenges these thoughts associated with depression and anxiety and teaches people to think rationally about the situations that they face.

Relationship-based therapies

There are also a number of depression and anxiety treatments that explore the relationships that people have. These types of therapy include:

  • interpersonal therapy
  • family therapy

Other types of therapy may include dynamic psychotherapy and assertiveness training.

These treatments may or may not be combined with anti anxiety medications or depression medication.

This site is for information purposes only. Please see your doctor for advice on medications and anxiety and depression treatment.

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