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Anxiety disorders are readily treated by a number of modern techniques, usually including a combination of time-limited psychotherapy and anti-anxiety medications. Both approaches can be effective for most disorders. The choice of one or the other, or both, depends on the the particular anxiety disorder, and the severity of the symptoms. For example, only psychotherapy has been found effective for specific phobias. When choosing a therapist, you should find out whether medications will be available if needed.
Treatments are specific to the type of anxiety disorder a person is diagnosed with.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 26 May 2013
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