Treatments for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Certain health professionals are trained to treat GAD. They include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and mental health counselors. Some primary care doctors are also trained to treat GAD.
Treatment for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) includes:
- Psychotherapy—This may include cognitive-behavioral therapy and other forms of treatment like relaxation techniques and biofeedback.
Psychotherapy can be as effective as medicine for GAD. It is usually the first treatment that is tried. Cognitive behavioral therapy is effective for GAD. It is often more effective when used with medicine.
The success of treatment varies from person to person. Some will feel better after only a few months of treatment. Others may take a year or more to feel better. Treatment can be more complicated if a person has other mental health problems.
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- Adrian Preda, MD
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