Popular ways of treating anxiety include therapy and medication, notes the American Psychological Association. The vast majority of anxiety disorder patients require professional care. Some respond to treatment after a few weeks or months while others may take a year.
Anxiety treatment is usually individualized because a patient can have more than one type of anxiety disorder. The anxiety may be due to substance abuse, depression or other factors, notes the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. A patient undergoes behavioral therapy to reduce unwanted behaviors linked to the disorder. Cognitive therapy helps patients to regulate their thoughts to lessen the intensity of the reaction. In cases where medication is necessary, the treatment is managed by more than one professional.