The Ins and Outs of Anxiety Treatment Options


Are you seeking relief from the constant worry, fear, or panic that seems to have taken over your life? Welcome: you’ve come to the right place. Anxiety, a complex and multifaceted condition, has the power to significantly disrupt a person’s ability to work, study, or participate in various activities. It can put a stranglehold on your day-to-day living, causing you to miss out on opportunities and experience difficulties in family and social relationships. But it doesn’t have to be this way, and that’s why understanding anxiety and seeking proper anxiety treatment is crucial.

At DBT of South Jersey, we understand the hardship, the confusion, the heartache that comes from battling anxiety. We’ve seen it, discussed it, lived it. Our very own therapist had her first panic attack at age 32. A normal day, a normal routine, and suddenly her world was turned upside down by severe chest pains and the undeniable fear that she might die. It’s a stark reminder that anxiety can affect anyone—no one is immune.

Understanding Anxiety

Anxiety disorders represent a broad spectrum which includes conditions like Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobias, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, among others. Each one brings its own unique set of symptoms and triggers but they all share the common thread of anxiety, a persistent and excessive feeling of unease, such as worry or fear.

The Importance of Seeking Treatment for Anxiety

The good news? You’re not alone, and there are effective anxiety treatment options available for you. From learning about anxiety, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, right through to cognitive therapy, exposure therapy, even medication and support groups — recovery is not only possible, it’s probable.

To kick-start your journey to relief, we’ve compiled a structured snippet that gives a quick summary of the anxiety treatment journey:

  1. Understanding Your Anxiety: Identify symptoms and triggers, understand the types of anxiety disorders.
  2. Exploring Treatment Options: There are a plethora of avenues for anxiety treatment, including therapy, medication, lifestyle changes.
  3. Taking Action: Reach out to a healthcare provider or a mental health professional to discuss these options and find a treatment plan that works for you.
  4. Staying Consistent: Healing takes time, it’s important to be patient, consistent, and committed to the treatment process.

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Indeed, not every method resonates with everyone. Treatment, much like anxiety itself, is not a one-size-fits-all scenario. As we unravel the complexity of anxiety treatment, we hope to help you find a method that brings you peace, stability and a reclaimed joy for life. Let us navigate these waters together.

Understanding Different Types of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is not a monolith; it manifests itself in various forms, each distinct but equally impactful. It’s crucial to understand these various types of anxiety disorders to ensure effective anxiety treatment.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD as we often refer to it, is characterized by constant and often unrealistic worry and tension, even when there’s no direct cause for these feelings. This worry can span across various areas of life such as health, work, school, and relationships. Physical symptoms include restlessness, trouble concentrating, and sleeping disorders.

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is marked by sudden, intense panic attacks. These attacks can be triggered by specific situations, or they can come unexpectedly, causing feelings of extreme terror. Symptoms during a panic attack can include rapid heartbeat, sweating, shaking, and shortness of breath. As Shaelene Lauriano Kite, a topic expert at DBT of South Jersey, explains in her blog post, the fear of experiencing another panic attack can create a significant amount of distress and avoidance behavior.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder is characterized by a fear of social situations and interactions. This fear can stem from a worry of being judged, embarrassed, or humiliated in front of others. It can lead to avoidance of social situations and significant distress in everyday life.

Specific Phobias

Specific or simple phobias are intense fears of certain objects or situations. The fear is often disproportionate to the actual danger posed by the object or situation, and it may lead to avoidance behavior.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

While OCD shares some features with anxiety disorders, it’s characterized by repetitive, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and actions (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions can cause significant distress and interfere with daily life.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder often occurs after experiencing a traumatic event. Symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety. The disorder can last months or years, with triggers bringing back memories of the trauma. As Shaelene explains in her blog on healing trauma, DBT-Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE) is an evidence-based treatment that helps clients struggling with complex PTSD.

Understanding the different types of anxiety disorders is a crucial step in finding the right anxiety treatment. At DBT of South Jersey, we’re committed to helping you understand and manage your anxiety so that you can reclaim your life.

Overview of Anxiety Treatment Options

Anxiety disorders can impact a person’s ability to work, study, and engage in social activities. However, an array of treatment options are available that can effectively manage anxiety and restore your quality of life. These treatment options include psychotherapy, medication, and lifestyle changes which can be adapted to suit the individual’s specific needs and circumstances.


Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, can be an incredibly effective method for treating anxiety disorders. Two common forms of psychotherapy used in anxiety treatment include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a widely-used therapeutic technique that helps individuals identify and change negative thought patterns that can contribute to anxiety. It encourages a problem-solving approach to cope with fear-inducing situations. The efficacy of CBT for all anxiety disorders has been confirmed by a large number of controlled studies.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

At DBT of South Jersey, we specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, a therapeutic approach that combines standard CBT techniques with mindfulness and acceptance strategies. DBT is particularly effective for those experiencing emotional regulation difficulties, often seen in individuals with anxiety disorders.


Medication is another common treatment option for anxiety disorders. Doctors may prescribe medications like Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), Benzodiazepines, or Beta-Blockers depending on the specific symptoms and needs of the individual.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

SSRIs are commonly prescribed for anxiety disorders. They work by enhancing the function of nerve cells in the brain that regulate emotion by improving the availability of serotonin, a neurotransmitter.


Benzodiazepines can provide immediate relief for acute symptoms of anxiety but are typically not used for long-term management due to the risk of dependency.


Beta-blockers are typically used to treat heart conditions, but they can also be used off-label to help manage certain physical symptoms of anxiety, such as rapid heart rate.

Lifestyle Changes and Home Remedies

In addition to psychotherapy and medication, certain lifestyle changes and home remedies can also play a critical role in managing anxiety.

Regular Exercise

Regular physical activity is a powerful stress reducer. It can improve your mood and help you stay healthy.

Balanced Diet

A healthy diet, focusing on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fish, may be linked to reduced anxiety.

Adequate Sleep

Sleep is crucial for maintaining good mental health. Ensuring you get enough sleep to feel rested can significantly improve anxiety symptoms.

Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques

Mindfulness and relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga, and visualization, can help ease anxiety by focusing the mind and relaxing the body.

It’s essential to remember that the best treatment approach for anxiety is often a combination of different techniques. What works best may depend on the individual and the type of anxiety disorder they are dealing with. At DBT of South Jersey, we’re committed to helping you find the right treatment plan that suits your needs and lifestyle.

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The Role of DBT in Treating Anxiety

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, is a form of psychotherapy that was initially developed to treat individuals with borderline personality disorder. However, its effectiveness has since been recognized in treating a variety of mental health disorders, including anxiety. DBT incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy with mindfulness practices derived from Buddhist meditative traditions.

DBT helps to equip individuals with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. The key components of DBT include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

At DBT of South Jersey, we operate an adherent model of DBT, meaning we adhere to the model as it was designed to ensure effective treatment.

How DBT Works for Anxiety

DBT works by helping individuals understand and accept their distressing feelings, and then learn skills to manage these feelings effectively. It involves both individual therapy and group skills training, where individuals learn new skills and strategies to improve their quality of life.

A significant part of DBT is learning to be mindful, aware and present in the moment. This is crucial for individuals with anxiety, who often spend a lot of time caught up in anxiety-provoking thoughts. Mindfulness guides us to bring our attention back to the present moment and unhook from thoughts that may be unhelpful.

In the context of anxiety treatment, DBT can also include exposure response prevention (EXRP) where individuals gradually and supportively confront feared situations or thoughts, helping them feel more in control. DBT of South Jersey has multiple therapists trained in this method to further aid in anxiety management.

The Benefits of DBT for Anxiety

DBT offers numerous benefits for individuals struggling with anxiety. By learning to regulate emotions and tolerate distress, individuals can gain a sense of control over their anxiety symptoms.

DBT also helps to improve interpersonal relationships, which can often be strained by anxiety disorders. Individuals can learn to communicate more effectively, set healthy boundaries, and handle conflict better.

Finally, mindfulness skills taught in DBT can help reduce the intensity and frequency of anxiety symptoms, promote relaxation, and enhance overall well-being.

At DBT of South Jersey, we are committed to providing comprehensive DBT to help individuals manage their anxiety symptoms and improve their quality of life. Our therapists are trained in DBT and have a wealth of experience in helping individuals navigate their journey towards recovery.

Recovery from anxiety is absolutely possible, and DBT is one of the many effective anxiety treatment options available. Your journey towards a better, healthier life can start today.

Finding the Right Anxiety Treatment for You

Finding the right treatment for your anxiety is a critical step in your journey towards recovery. It is important to remember that what works for one person might not work for another. Anxiety is a complex condition, and its treatment may require a combination of approaches.

Consulting with a Mental Health Professional

The first step in finding the right anxiety treatment is to consult with a mental health professional. Whether it’s a psychiatrist, psychologist, or a trained therapist, these professionals can help diagnose your condition and recommend appropriate treatment options. You can begin by seeing your primary care provider, who may refer you to a mental health specialist.

During your appointment, be prepared to discuss your anxiety symptoms, what triggers your anxiety, any family history of mental health problems, and other health problems you may have. It’s also important to list all the medications you’re taking, as some can contribute to anxiety. Preparing for your appointment will help you make the most of your time with the professional.

Considering Your Personal Preferences and Circumstances

Your personal preferences and circumstances play a key role in selecting the right anxiety treatment. For instance, some people might prefer therapy over medication, while others might find a combination of both to be most helpful. It’s also crucial to consider your lifestyle, financial situation, and support system.

We at DBT of South Jersey understand these concerns and offer a range of options, including out of network coverage, sliding scales, and sessions with our highly trained Interns. We believe in creating an environment where you can be seen and heard, without judgment, as you are.

Understanding that Treatment Takes Time

Lastly, it’s important to understand that treatment takes time. There’s no quick fix for anxiety, and it often requires ongoing care. Recovery is a journey, not a destination. Be patient with yourself and remember to celebrate each small victory along the way.

At DBT of South Jersey, we are committed to helping you manage your anxiety and regain control over your life. With the right treatment plan, tailored to your individual needs and circumstances, you can start to see improvements in your symptoms and overall quality of life.

Seeking help is the first step towards recovery. We are here to support you every step of the way. Let’s embark on this journey together.


The Importance of Seeking Help

Coming to terms with anxiety can be daunting, but remember, acknowledging your struggle is the first vital step towards recovery. At DBT of South Jersey, we strongly believe in the power of therapy and the profound impact it can have on individuals dealing with anxiety disorders.

Don’t let barriers, such as financial fears or uncertainties about therapy, deter you from seeking help. We are here to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you can be seen and heard as you are. We are also dedicated to helping you navigate the financial aspects of therapy, offering various options to make treatment accessible to all (DBT of South Jersey financial options).

The Hope for Recovery from Anxiety

Anxiety disorders can be distressing and debilitating, affecting various facets of your life. However, it’s crucial to remember that recovery is not only possible but highly probable with the right treatment. From psychotherapy techniques like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to lifestyle adjustments and medication, numerous effective anxiety treatment options are available to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

While it’s true that anxiety disorders vary in types and severity, the treatment strategies we offer at DBT of South Jersey cater to this broad spectrum. Whether it’s Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, or any other form of anxiety, we have the tools and expertise to guide you towards recovery.

We emphasize the importance of being patient and persistent in your journey to recovery. Often, it’s a gradual process, but with commitment and the right support, overcoming anxiety is within your reach. If you or a loved one is dealing with anxiety, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to provide the help you need, every step of the way.

For more information, you can visit our FAQ page or contact us directly through our contact page. Let us help you regain control of your life and find relief from anxiety.


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