Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety

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Research shows that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is usually the most effective option for the treatment of anxiety and related disorders. This is because CBT addresses the patterns of thoughts that lead to anxious feelings and subsequent behaviors. CBT can help you discover the underlying causes of your worry and fear, develop relaxation strategies and look at situations in a new, less anxiety provoking way. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy gives you the tools to overcome anxiety that you can use for a lifetime.

There are a number of different anxiety disorders and each person is unique, so therapy should be tailored to your specific symptoms and concerns. For example, during the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, treatment will be different than the treatment for panic attacks. The length of therapy will also depend on the type and severity of your anxiety disorder. Fortunately, CBT for anxiety is usually short-term and focused. According to the American Psychological Association, many people improve significantly within 8 to 10 sessions when working with a professional that treats anxiety and related conditions.

There are many different types of therapy used to treat anxiety, but the leading approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Some individuals choose to explore a combination of therapy and medication management. However, this is a personal decision and is addressed on a case-by-case basis.

In San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Menlo Park, Palo Alto, San Jose etc.) there are many mental health professionals. It is important that you find a specialist in the treatment of anxiety that utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and can connect you with additional resources, such as a medical doctor, if needed.

During your first visits, your therapist or other mental health professional should be assessing for the presence of other disorders that may be contributing or exacerbating your anxiety, such as ADHD. Anxiety, depression, and adult ADHD,  can severely impact an individuals work performance and relationships.