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Suggest treatment for severe anxiety

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Posted on Fri, 3 Feb 2017
Question: I have been experiencing high doses of anxiety lately. I have never seen a doctor for this. I use deep breathing and sensory coping skills when I start to feel overwhelmed. The anxiety usually gets worse when I am around large crowds.
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Answered by Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi (12 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Behaviour therapy helps to control anxiety.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for asking from HCM for your health related doubts

Anxiety cause significant problems in functioning. Development of anxiety in crowds occur in claustrophobia. Behaviour therapy techniques like Deep breathing or Progressive muscle relaxation exercises are good options for treatment. If done properly these have equal efficacy to medicines.

If the anxiety persists then there is need to re-evaluation. Medicines like beta blockers like Propranolol or low dose benzodiazepines can be used on SOS basis and helps to control anxiety. Propranolol is a safe drug and doesn't cause any serious side effects. If you don't want to take medicines then supplements like St. Johns Wort etc can be used. This is a herbal supplement and helps to control anxiety.

Exercise also helps in beating the symptoms and you should exercise daily.

Thanks. Take care
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Suggest treatment for severe anxiety

Brief Answer: Behaviour therapy helps to control anxiety. Detailed Answer: Hi, thanks for asking from HCM for your health related doubts Anxiety cause significant problems in functioning. Development of anxiety in crowds occur in claustrophobia. Behaviour therapy techniques like Deep breathing or Progressive muscle relaxation exercises are good options for treatment. If done properly these have equal efficacy to medicines. If the anxiety persists then there is need to re-evaluation. Medicines like beta blockers like Propranolol or low dose benzodiazepines can be used on SOS basis and helps to control anxiety. Propranolol is a safe drug and doesn't cause any serious side effects. If you don't want to take medicines then supplements like St. Johns Wort etc can be used. This is a herbal supplement and helps to control anxiety. Exercise also helps in beating the symptoms and you should exercise daily. Thanks. Take care