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What does therapy for generalized anxiety disorder involve?

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Several specific forms of psychotherapy are helpful for alleviating the symptoms of GAD. Two -- psychodynamic psychotherapy and supportive-expressive therapy -- focus on anxiety as an outgrowth of feelings about important relationships. Another form of psychotherapy, called cognitive-behavioral therapy, involves learning behavioral relaxation techniques as well as restructuring patterns of thinking that foster anxiety.

Biofeedback is another helpful tool. This teaches you to achieve a more relaxed state at will.

SOURCES: 

Starcevic, V. Anxiety Disorders in Adults: A Clinical Guide, Oxford University Press, 2005. 

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders4th Edition, 2000. 

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, New Perspectives for Treating GAD, 2004.

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on September 29, 2020

SOURCES: 

Starcevic, V. Anxiety Disorders in Adults: A Clinical Guide, Oxford University Press, 2005. 

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders4th Edition, 2000. 

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, New Perspectives for Treating GAD, 2004.

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on September 29, 2020

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