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The Most Effective Treatment For Anxiety Disorders Anxiety disorders are becoming a widespread epidemic in America Each year we spend more than 46 billion dollars nearly one third of our total mental health bill treating the almost 20 million Americans affected by anxiety disorders With these staggering numbers it is no surprise that researchers and experts are examining many different forms of treatment in order to find more and better ways to diagnose and treat these debilitating disorders The American Psychiatric Association states that no single situation or condition causes anxiety disorders Rather physical and environmental triggers may combine to create a particular anxiety illness Psychoanalytic theory suggests that anxiety stems from unconscious conflicts that arose from discomfort during infancy or childhood For example a person may carry the unconscious conflict of sexual feelings toward the parent of the opposite sex Or the person may have developed problems from experiencing an illness fright or other emotionally laden event as a child By this theory anxiety can be resolved by identifying and resolving the unconscious conflict The symptoms that symbolize the conflict would then disappear Learning theory says that anxiety is a learned behavior that can be unlearned People who feel uncomfortable in a given situation or near a certain object will begin to avoid it However such avoidance can limit a patients ability to live a normal life More recently research has indicated that biochemical imbalances can be factors Many scientists say all thoughts and feelings result from complex electrochemical interactions in the central nervous system Moreover some studies indicate that infusions of certain biochemicals can cause a panic attack in some people According to this theory treatment of anxiety should correct these biochemical imbalances Although medications first come to mind with this theory remember that studies have found biochemical changes can occur as a result of emotional psychological or behavioral changes No doubt each of these theories is true
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