Anxiety disorders and depression are treatable, and the vast majority of people can be helped with professional care.
Success of treatment varies. Some may respond to treatment after a few weeks or months, while others may need more than a year. Treatment may be complicated if people have more than one anxiety disorder or if they suffer from depression, substance abuse, or other co-existing conditions. This is why treatment must be tailored specifically for each individual.
Although treatment is individualized, several standard approaches have proved effective. Your health care professional will use one or a combination of these treatments:
Concerned about cost?
- Learn about low-cost treatment options.
- A must-read: Practical advice for obtaining quality mental health care when money is tight
Getting Professional Help
Finding the right health care professional is important:
- How to choose a mental health care professional
- Find a therapist or other mental health treatment provider near you
- Learn about telemental health and coaching
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, "clinical trials are part of clinical research and at the heart of all medical advances. Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses."
Clinical trials offer hope for many people and their loved ones, and participants have different motives. Healthy volunteers may participate to help researchers find better treatments for the future. Those who have an illness also participate to help others, as well as for the possibility of receiving the newest treatment and additional care and attention.
You may choose to join a research study to test the safety and effectiveness of new forms of therapy or medication.
- Find a clinical trial near you.
- Learn more about clinical trials, including the different types, the importance of participation, informed consent, and personal experiences.
- The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) offers clinical trials across the country. Read A Participant's Guide to Mental Health Clinical Research.
- Get more information at Research Match.
- CenterWatch provides patients and their advocates information on clinical trials, specific drugs, and other health and educational resources.