it depends on the individual and the situation. For me, as Georgie said, im paralyzed by my anxiety unless im medicated. Not being medicated is not an option for me and ive been doing this since i was 14- but each person is different and there are many avenues of alternative treatments. I would also suggest Cognitive behavioural Therapy, which many here have found helpful.
All the best,
On HealingWell we strive to seek a balance between alternative and traditional approaches. I feel strongly, both approaches have value for anyone seeking healing.
There are some as has been posted that need to be on medication and others that prefer not to be on Rx medications.
Yes there are alternatives to medication. Psychotherapy,also known as talk therapy or counseling, involves receiving help from a mental health provider through a combination of talking and listening.
Evidence shows that cognitive behavior therapy in particular can help improve symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. Cognitive behavior therapy helps you identify unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors and replace them with healthy, positive ones. It's based on the idea that your own thoughts — not other people or situations — determine how you behave. Even if an unwanted situation doesn't change, you can change the way you think and behave in a positive way. Generally a short-term treatment, cognitive behavior therapy emphasizes learning to develop a sense of mastery and control over your thoughts and feelings.
Treatment for generalized anxiety disorder or any mental illness is tailored to each person. No single treatment regimen works for everyone. Most treatment occurs on an outpatient basis, but some people may need care in a hospital setting.
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