THE ANXIETY TRIPLE THREAT: COMBINING PSYCHOTHERAPY, MEDICATION, AND ALTERNATIVE STRATEGIES
Several types of medicines are effective in reducing symptoms of generalized anxiety, including antianxiety drugs and some antidepressants. For some people, combining psychotherapy and medication treatment is the most effective strategy. Healthy lifestyle strategies also reduce symptoms of generalized anxiety.
Bruce was beginning to get some relief from his worries through meditation. He also used it to help him settle down and sleep better at night. The cognitive behavioral therapy also reduced his anxiety symptoms. By figuring out what triggered his worries and the thoughts and feelings associated with them, he was able to begin to alter his responses. Bruce was progressing, but not at a pace that satisfied him and he was still suffering from some of his symptoms.
I revisited the idea of trying a medication for a while. Although I didn’t think it was necessary to prescribe a benzodiazepine or other tranquilizer, which often induced side effects, there were other types of first-line medicines that would likely improve Bruce’s symptoms. I finally convinced him to try BuSpar, an antianxiety drug that affects neurotransmitters in the brain and has very few side effects if any. After a few weeks, the effects of the medicine kicked in, and Bruce felt better than he had in years.
If you believe you have a generalized anxiety disorder that is disrupting your life, fear not because you have already taken the first step to getting help by reading this book. Keep in mind that traditional treatments and alternative therapies are very effective and combining several approaches can make the difference between a life of constant anxiety or one that is fulfilling and symptom-free.