Anxiety Management Myths That Can Mislead You

Anxiety can be one of the most commonly encountered mental health problems that people will experience. Understanding some basic facts about this condition and the treatment options available can be essential for allowing you to learn to manage this condition.

Anxiety Is Caused Not Only By Intense And Obvious Traumas

A popular assumption regarding anxiety is that it is a problem that is only caused by intense and obvious traumas that the patient suffered at some point during their lives. While this can be a source of anxiety, there are many potential causes for a person to develop this problem. For example, there are some individuals that will simply be more prone to developing anxiety as a result of their family history. Additionally, there can be stressors that may be somewhat subtle that can be enough to give a person a fairly strong anxiety reaction.

Anxiety Is Not Always A Lifelong Problem For Patients

For some patients, anxiety can be a problem that they struggle to manage for their entire lives. However, this is not always the case. Many individuals will find that their bout with severe anxiety is temporary. Often, this can be due to them going through an overwhelming life change, such as a divorce, having a child, or changing careers. The effects of anxiety can manifest in different ways for each patient, and this can make each person's journey to manage and overcome this condition unique.  

Managing Anxiety Symptoms Does Not Always Involve Heavy Medication

A commonly cited reason for individuals to avoid seeking medical treatment for their anxiety can be due to the belief that this will involve them having to take powerful medications that could leave them feeling sedated or otherwise alter their personalities. In reality, a therapist will work with the patient so that they can learn effective techniques for managing the worst of their anxiety symptoms. In the event that medication is required to manage the anxiety symptoms, the therapist will typically start with a very low dosage and gradually increase it until the patient is getting the results needed. In the event that you feel like the medications are too strong, you should let your therapist know so that the necessary adjustments can be made. Unfortunately, many anxiety medications can take some time before they become effective, and this can lead to it potentially taking a few weeks before you can know the actual effectiveness of your medications.

For more information on treating anxiety, contact a counseling service, such as Karine Masone Counseling.