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Chapter 23. Anxiety > Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Effective treatment exists for many people with anxiety disorders. Cognitive behavioral therapy and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are generally the treatments of choice for all anxiety disorders.

Cognitive behavioral therapy entails a few months of weekly meetings in which people are helped to look at the conscious ideas they have that lead them to feel uncomfortable, and to practice doing the things that make them anxious. For example, a therapist may have you question whether the world will really collapse if you arrive late for a dinner party, or may encourage you to not wash your hands more than once before each meal, or to not line up the items on your desk in terms of height, and to see if the dread things you fear actually come to pass.


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