Experiencing anxiety every once in a while is normal. A person may feel anxious before taking a test, when experiencing a problem at work, or when making an important decision. But for a person with an anxiety disorder, the worry and fear are more than temporary and often get worse over time. Symptoms can interfere with daily activities like school and job performance, relationships, and physical health. There are many types of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), obsessive compulsive disorder and specific phobias. Anxiety treatment can help soothe symptoms and teach a client necessary coping skills. Individual and group therapy can assist clients in leading a normal life.
Therapies such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Exposure therapy have been effective in helping people with anxiety disorders. Therapists help clients practice and develop coping skills that work for them. Unique treatment plans are developed and goals are put into place assisting people to live productive lives.
Like depressive disorders, sometimes medications can benefit clients with severe anxiety. If medications are deemed necessary, therapists can work alongside medical doctors and psychiatrists in treating people with anxiety disorders.