Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Treating the Effects


If you’ve done any research on mental health conditions, you’ve probably heard of behavior therapy. Behavior therapy teaches you to change harmful or negative behaviors and even replace them with good ones.

Some forms of behavioral therapy focus on the thought processes behind the negative behaviors, as well. By changing the way you think about a situation, you can learn to respond to it differently (i.e., in a way that is healthy).

For someone with an anxiety disorder, behavior therapy can be especially useful. According to Stephen Whiteside, a Ph.D. of Psychiatry and Psychology, people with anxiety tend to “get caught up in their own thoughts.”

He explains that for someone who suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), the therapist may not need to find out what caused the illness to develop in the first place. Dr. Whiteside insists that what’s really crucial to successful treatment is to find out what the person being treated fears and why he or she is unable to overcome anxiety related to it.

Dr. Whiteside also encourages people with anxiety-related conditions to seek professional advice on how to deal with their overwhelming worries and fears.

To read the article by Dr. Whiteside, which addresses a number of anxiety problems, follow the link below.

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