Alternative Treatments and Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common psychiatric disorders. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about 40 million American adults aged 18 and older suffer from them each year. Such disorders are highly treatable. However, for an anxious person to seek treatment can be a challenge.

The practice of Yoga for the treatment of anxiety is becoming increasingly affirmed by medical research.

Jason Eric Schiffman, M.D., M.A., M.B.A. a psychiatrist with the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Program and editor-in-chief of says “When someone gets better from anxiety through a practice such as yoga, meditation or through therapy, they get better because they’ve learned something rather than getting better because a pill has made a change or caused a change to their neurochemistry.” Making an effort to change your lifestyle by learning ways to reduce stress and anxiety not only empowers individuals, but creates change that is “much more profound and long-lasting.”

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