Do you suffer from panic attacks, crippling social fears, or chronic worrying? It could be anxiety—a common mental illness that can keep you from living life to the fullest.
Of the 40 million adults with anxiety in America, only 36.9% receive some form of treatment. Unfortunately, many people try to just deal with the symptoms without addressing them correctly.
If you’re one of them, it may be time to consider your options for treatment. Keep reading to learn about four types of anxiety therapy that can help you reclaim your life from fear.
1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most common forms of anxiety treatment. Its goal is to look critically at our distorted beliefs and correct them over time.
CBT techniques for anxiety are broken into two parts. Cognition therapy explores how our negative thought patterns can contribute to anxiety. Behavior therapy then addresses how you act and react in anxiety-inducing situations.
A typical session with a CBT trained therapist will start by selecting a situation that makes you feel anxious, like attending a social event. You’ll then take time to identify your thoughts and emotions surrounding the situation, challenging the negative beliefs along the way. You’ll also work to develop coping skills that can help you react to stressful situations in a more rational way.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) is a technique often used to treat trauma-based anxiety. It uses side-to-side eye movements and other sensory inputs, like tapping, to help you recall or visualize traumatic events.
The eye movements simulate REM sleep and can help you re-wire your brain to make the situation or event less distressing. EMDR has also been shown to reduce anxiety symptoms in a shorter amount of time than other types of psychotherapy.
3. Life Regression Therapy
Sometimes we’re well aware of the source of our anxiety—a stressful job, unhealthy relationships, or a traumatic event can all be specific triggers. But in other cases, it’s impossible to pin down where this feeling of general foreboding is coming from.
When that’s the case, past life regression therapy can help. Using hypnosis techniques, a therapist will guide you through an exploration of your past selves to uncover the root of the problem. Benefits can include increased self-awareness, improved mental health, and a stronger connection to your spirituality.
If you still have questions about past life regression therapy, take a look at this article for more details.
4. Exposure Therapy
Facing your fears head on is terrifying, but in some cases, it’s the best way to get over them. Exposure therapy focuses on making big, scary lifestyle changes one small step at a time.
This type of therapy is especially helpful for people with specific fears, like agoraphobia. Your therapist will help you develop a plan, called systematic desensitization, to face your fear in tiny increments. You may start as small as stepping outside your home for 30 seconds per day and eventually work your way up to attending an outdoor concert.
Anxiety Therapy Can Help You Live a Better Life
While anxiety therapy isn’t always a cure, it can help you develop the coping skills you need to live your best life. Still not sure if therapy is for you? Make sure you check out this post on eight reasons you should give it a try.