How Is Anxiety Treated?

How is Anxiety Treated?It’s completely normal (and healthy) to feel worried or apprehensive every once in a while. After all, our brains are wired with a “fight or flight” response that helps us recognize danger and react accordingly. However, recurrent and overwhelming anxiousness that interferes with everyday life is a sign of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)—a very common mental illness that can present as a persistent, vague sense of dread or intense episodes of severe panic. Living with anxiety can feel hopeless, but the good news is there are multiple ways to treat this condition and improve mental health.


Many people are able to successfully manage their anxiety by taking medication. There are several types of medicines that a clinician may prescribe, including:

  • Antidepressants – Medications that can lessen depression and anxiety when taken regularly
  • Buspirone – An anti-anxiety medication that is taken on a regular basis to gradually improve mood
  • Benzodiazepines – Sedatives that provide immediate relief in moments of panic


Speaking with a mental health professional such as a counselor, psychiatrist or psychologist is a healthy and effective way to overcome anxiety and other mental health disorders. This professional can equip you with the tools you need to better manage everyday worries and control your cognitive response to certain triggers. Therapy and medication are often combined to address anxiety from both a psychological and medical standpoint.

Lifestyle Changes

While therapy and medication are the most effective treatment approaches for anxiety, making healthy lifestyle choices can help you better manage stress and improve your overall mood. Keep your mind healthy by:

  • Staying physically active
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Meditating, practicing yoga or trying other relaxation techniques
  • Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins
  • Quitting smoking and recreational drug use
  • Limiting alcohol

Key Facts About Anxiety

There’s absolutely no reason to feel ashamed about having anxiety or seeking professional treatment. Anxiety is an extraordinarily widespread condition that affects people of all ages, races and backgrounds. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders:

  • Are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 18% of the adult population every year (that’s 40 million people!)
  • Are often linked with depression—about half of people diagnosed with depression also have an anxiety disorder
  • Are easily treatable, yet less than 40% of people with anxiety seek professional treatment

If you or someone you know is in distress and needs immediate help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. This service is free and completely confidential.

Anxiety Treatment at Tufts Medical Center Community Care

Professional anxiety treatment from behavioral health specialists is available at Tufts Medical Center Community Care. Your primary care provider will help you get started. Serving patients throughout north suburban Boston, our multispecialty medical group includes counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists who treat all types of anxiety disorders.

You don’t have to go it alone. Find the help you need at Tufts Medical Center Community Care. We offer in-person and virtual appointments and accept most health insurance plans—contact us today to learn more.

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