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Treating Anxiety Associated with Chronic Disease and Pain

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As with depression, anxiety can be treated with a variety of medications. From serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), Pregabalin, Benzodiazepines, the list is lengthy. Some options come with a lot of side effects, others, like Benzodiazepines, are highly addictive. Though these medications can be effective, and for some may be the only option, they should not be sought out first.

This is critical if you have an illness or condition that already needs to be handled with medications. Mixing medications is always risky, even if your doctor recommends it. Being ill or suffering on a regular basis is stressful, and you have every right to be anxious and scared, but you don’t need to immediately add on to your suffering with a variety of adverse side effects. Start first with these alternative options and then work your way from there:

Alternative Remedies

CBD Oil

You can use CBD for anxiety alone, but for those who currently suffer from a serious illness or chronic condition, you will be happy to hear that there is evidence that CBD oil can do so much more. People use CBD to treat a variety of conditions, including depression. Mix CBD oil into a cream, or buy a specialty cream containing CBD and you can rub it directly into your skin for targeted pain relief.

Herbal Treatments

Herbal treatment effectiveness will depend on each person. The goal is to help relax your mind so that your body relaxes with it. Drinking herbal tea, taking herbal baths, or just using essential oils to scent the room can all have a calming effect on the mind. Lavender, for example, is used commonly to help people relax into a deep sleep.

Official Therapies

Therapies you will need to go to a specialist can be very effective. The top options for treating the anxiety you are right to feel when dealing with a chronic illness include CBT and Applied Relaxation.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is a very effective therapy that works wonders for those suffering from anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders. It works to help you control your behavior by helping you change your thought patterns. Studies have proven that it is more effective and lasts longer than most medications.

In order to benefit from CBT, you will need to attend either online sessions or one-on-one sessions. Expect to dedicate one hour to these sessions every week for three to four months, as required.

Applied Relaxation

Anxiety builds up stress and can result in tense muscles, pain buildup, and skeletal strain. Applied relaxations help you to forcibly relax and let the stress held in your body go. You will want to go to a trained therapist for this treatment. During this treatment, you will learn how to relax your muscles quickly. This is important, as we often tense immediately after a stressor.

If none of the alternative treatments you try work, then opting for anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication will then be the next step.

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