Treatments for anxiety

Though anxiety can have an affect on your daily living, there are different treatments available to help. Some treatments are undertaken by professionals, other treatments can be done by you.

Therapies

Psychological therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – you can refer yourself for psychological therapies by checking your local therapy services, there is no need to wait for a GP to do the referral for you. Other therapies include:

  • Counselling / Talking Therapies
  • Applied Relaxation Therapy
  • E-therapy

Medications

Medication such as antidepressants which work by balancing the chemicals in your brain which affects emotions and mood. Antidepressants can also help with sleep and increase your appetite and concentration. These medications can be prescribed by GP’s:

  • SSRIs – Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (Sertraline/Citalopram/Paroxetine)
  • SNRIs – Serotonin and Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors (Venlafaxine/Duloxetine)
  • Anticonvulsants – Beneficial in treating anxiety (Pregabalin)
  • Benzodiazepines – Sedatives for short-term use (Diazepam)

Self Help

Self-help techniques such as having a healthy diet, meditation, exercising (even if it is just walking), reducing or cutting out alcohol. Even identifying your own triggers and what you already do in your life that helps is useful. 

Some of the things that can help with anxiety include:

  • Self-help books/books on prescription (reading-well.org.uk)
  • Self-help courses
  • Self-help worksheets (getselfhelp.co.uk)
  • Peer support groups

There are also many apps in the NHS Apps library that are designed to help with anxiety:

  • Catch It
  • Chill Panda
  • Cove
  • distrACT
  • eQuoo
  • Feeling Good: positive mindset
  • My Possible Self
  • Stress and Anxiety Companion
  • Thrive
  • WorryTree
  • Calm
  • Headspace

Anxiety Resources