In adults, untreated anxiety can begin to impact relationships, professional performance, family functioning, and personal pursuits, and inhibit one’s full participation in life. Avoidance of situations that trigger anxiety symptoms can make it difficult for a person to accomplish required tasks, leading to increased stress, isolation, and experiences of helplessness. For this reason, many people with untreated anxiety disorders also experience symptoms depression.
After assessment, individualized treatment plans for anxiety disorders address the physical, emotional, and cognitive manifestations of the anxiety, and are aimed at reintegrating experiences the individual has been avoiding, and increasing the person’s overall level of comfort. Treatment will likely involve some combination of: mindfulness training, individual therapy, group therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), couples, or family therapy. Adjunctive treatments such as yoga, naturopathic treatment, and/or psychopharmacology may also be recommended.