Anxiety disorders can be treated and there are a number of therapies that are effective.
In the majority of anxiety disorders, psychological treatments are the most successful. They aim to change the thoughts and beliefs which trigger anxiety, and the patterns of associated behaviours. Common treatments include cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, behavioural therapy, solution-focussed therapy, and if appropriate exposure therapy.
Education about anxiety is an important factor so talking about your symptoms, understanding what is happening to you physically as well as mentally, and dispelling the myths and fears that are commonly held about anxiety are key steps towards recovery.
Techniques and strategies to manage symptoms include identifying and challenging unhelpful thought patterns, learning new coping strategies, breathing and relaxation exercises, mindfulness skills, and at times gradual exposure to the trigger.