Treating a person with anxiety depends on the causes of the anxiety and individual preferences. Often, treatments will consist of a combination of psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, and medication.
However, alcohol or drug dependence, depression, or other conditions often have such a strong effect on the individual that treating the anxiety disorder must wait until any underlying conditions are brought under control.
A standard way of treating anxiety is psychological counseling. This can include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychotherapy, or a combination of therapies. CBT aims to recognize and change the thinking patterns associated with the anxiety and troublesome feelings, limit distorted thinking, and change the way people react to objects of situations that trigger anxiety. Sessions may be used to explore the causes of anxiety and possible ways to cope with symptoms.