Anxiety Therapists in San Diego, CA

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Angela Bianco Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92109
Are you feeling stuck, stressed, disorganized, overwhelmed, burned out, or uninspired? New work stressors? Recent breakup? Family issues? Anxious? Lonely? New life transition of marriage, birth or loss? Holistic psychotherapy focuses on all aspects of health including physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. You will be supported with tools, reflections, deep dives, and resources that will lead you back to your inner source. You do not have to do this alone; I got you!
Are you feeling stuck, stressed, disorganized, overwhelmed, burned out, or uninspired? New work stressors? Recent breakup? Family issues? Anxious? Lonely? New life transition of marriage, birth or loss? Holistic psychotherapy focuses on all aspects of health including physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. You will be supported with tools, reflections, deep dives, and resources that will lead you back to your inner source. You do not have to do this alone; I got you!
(858) 281-0738 View (858) 281-0738
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Riza Loreine P Callejas
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92127
I specialize in working with youth and adults with depression, anxiety, and self-identity issues - especially APIDA, LGBTQIA+, and other marginalized folx who grew up with conflicting messages they no longer align with.
Looking for a therapist of color who can help honor all the different cultures you identify with and represent? Because there is a huge blindspot in Western mental health, I take on a very intentional and holistic approach to helping you feel safe to unpack the many layers that make up You. Together, we can explore any past trauma (intergenerational, racial, childhood), learn how to express and regulate your emotions, reduce people-pleasing and over-functioning that often leads to burnout, improve your confidence, practice self-compassion/acceptance, and ultimately, your relationship with yourself and others.
I specialize in working with youth and adults with depression, anxiety, and self-identity issues - especially APIDA, LGBTQIA+, and other marginalized folx who grew up with conflicting messages they no longer align with.
Looking for a therapist of color who can help honor all the different cultures you identify with and represent? Because there is a huge blindspot in Western mental health, I take on a very intentional and holistic approach to helping you feel safe to unpack the many layers that make up You. Together, we can explore any past trauma (intergenerational, racial, childhood), learn how to express and regulate your emotions, reduce people-pleasing and over-functioning that often leads to burnout, improve your confidence, practice self-compassion/acceptance, and ultimately, your relationship with yourself and others.
(858) 365-8506 x4 View (858) 365-8506 x4
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Melissa Lanza
Psychologist, PhD, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92117
Individual therapy for adults: Depression, Anxiety, women's issues, life transitions (divorce, college, career), grief, relationships, family/parenting, chronic pain and illness, self-esteem, social-skills, and weight loss.
I know how difficult making changes in your life can be. Asking for help and support is a sign of strength and commitment to improving your life. I am here to help you on your personal journey to achieve a life filled with peace, happiness, and emotional well-being. My goal is to empower you to find personal strategies to discover your full potential. Using therapeutic approaches with proven results, I am able to help identify behaviors and/or thoughts might be holding you back from living a meaningful and happy life. To make an appointment, please visit my website and choose "Initial Assessment.”
Individual therapy for adults: Depression, Anxiety, women's issues, life transitions (divorce, college, career), grief, relationships, family/parenting, chronic pain and illness, self-esteem, social-skills, and weight loss.
I know how difficult making changes in your life can be. Asking for help and support is a sign of strength and commitment to improving your life. I am here to help you on your personal journey to achieve a life filled with peace, happiness, and emotional well-being. My goal is to empower you to find personal strategies to discover your full potential. Using therapeutic approaches with proven results, I am able to help identify behaviors and/or thoughts might be holding you back from living a meaningful and happy life. To make an appointment, please visit my website and choose "Initial Assessment.”
(858) 414-3523 View (858) 414-3523
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Gabriel Mejia
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92126
Hello, my name is Gabriel Mejia, and I am a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I approach therapy as a professional whose aim is to improve the quality of life of my clients. Working together as a unit with my clients, I hope to fill the missing puzzles pieces of what happiness, satisfaction, contentment, empowerment or peace of mind feels like. Likewise, I help clients to re-shift distorted, stressful, anxiety, depressive, overwhelming thoughts/experiences in order to gain back the calm that might be missing in their lives.
Hello, my name is Gabriel Mejia, and I am a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I approach therapy as a professional whose aim is to improve the quality of life of my clients. Working together as a unit with my clients, I hope to fill the missing puzzles pieces of what happiness, satisfaction, contentment, empowerment or peace of mind feels like. Likewise, I help clients to re-shift distorted, stressful, anxiety, depressive, overwhelming thoughts/experiences in order to gain back the calm that might be missing in their lives.
(858) 832-2598 View (858) 832-2598
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Sarah Gogarty
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, MFT, APCC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92102  (Online Only)
I believe one of the bravest things an individual can do is to ask for help. Seeking support to better understand your own story is a life-changing decision. Finding a therapist can be overwhelming, and you are taking the first step today. I am here to help you overcome anxiety, depression, and challenging life transitions to improve your quality of life. I am always learning and am honored by the opportunity to collaborate with clients in finding creative solutions to their unique circumstances.
I believe one of the bravest things an individual can do is to ask for help. Seeking support to better understand your own story is a life-changing decision. Finding a therapist can be overwhelming, and you are taking the first step today. I am here to help you overcome anxiety, depression, and challenging life transitions to improve your quality of life. I am always learning and am honored by the opportunity to collaborate with clients in finding creative solutions to their unique circumstances.
(619) 547-1792 View (619) 547-1792
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Celeste Thompson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92115
My name is Celeste Thompson and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in the Inland Empire in California and serving clients across the state via telehealth. Therapy is a vulnerable space, and one of my primary focuses is providing clients with a safe place where they feel seen, heard, valued and where their challenges and concerns are explored with curiosity and empathy. I work with clients to address a variety of concerns including unresolved trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, parenting, and life transitions by building on the client's strengths and resilience.
My name is Celeste Thompson and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in the Inland Empire in California and serving clients across the state via telehealth. Therapy is a vulnerable space, and one of my primary focuses is providing clients with a safe place where they feel seen, heard, valued and where their challenges and concerns are explored with curiosity and empathy. I work with clients to address a variety of concerns including unresolved trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, parenting, and life transitions by building on the client's strengths and resilience.
(619) 536-1648 View (619) 536-1648
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Personal Evolution Psychotherapy DBT IOP
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DBT IOP
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Are you a teen or adult that is unable to do your daily activities? Unable to go to work or school? Too depressed to get out of bed? Too anxious to go out? Feeling the urge to self medicate to get through the day? Did you just get released from the psychiatric hospital? Do you have big emotions that run your life? Do you feel out of control? Do you ask yourself why you should continue to go on? Have you tried Intensive Outpatient Programs before and not liked being in groups with people you don't know? Have you wished you could find an IOP that helps you privately? Then PEP's DBT IOP is the right place for you!
Are you a teen or adult that is unable to do your daily activities? Unable to go to work or school? Too depressed to get out of bed? Too anxious to go out? Feeling the urge to self medicate to get through the day? Did you just get released from the psychiatric hospital? Do you have big emotions that run your life? Do you feel out of control? Do you ask yourself why you should continue to go on? Have you tried Intensive Outpatient Programs before and not liked being in groups with people you don't know? Have you wished you could find an IOP that helps you privately? Then PEP's DBT IOP is the right place for you!
(619) 787-6676 View (619) 787-6676
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Leticia Cantor-Lopez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92129
My name is Leticia Cantor-Lopez. I am a bilingual licensed clinical social worker with 11 years of experience in the mental health field. My approach is client centered. My interventions include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, trauma informed, interpersonal psychotherapy, solution focused, problem solving skills, self-regulation and mindfulness techniques, and coping techniques. My experience includes treating children, adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, adjustment, behavioral issues, relationships issues, and acute stress.
My name is Leticia Cantor-Lopez. I am a bilingual licensed clinical social worker with 11 years of experience in the mental health field. My approach is client centered. My interventions include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, trauma informed, interpersonal psychotherapy, solution focused, problem solving skills, self-regulation and mindfulness techniques, and coping techniques. My experience includes treating children, adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, adjustment, behavioral issues, relationships issues, and acute stress.
(858) 321-8286 View (858) 321-8286
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Jennifer Zwolinski
Psychologist, PhD, MS
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92131  (Online Only)
Whether you are looking for guidance on navigating relationships, managing a difficult transition, or seeking effective treatment for a more enduring psychological problem, I want to help you to set and accomplish your goals. As a psychologist, I support adults with a variety of needs, whether it’s structured treatment for psychological disorders (e.g., depression and anxiety), action towards personal/professional goals or concerns (e.g., career development, burnout), or relationship support and enhancement (e.g., pre-marital planning, breakups). I am particularly passionate about working with college and graduate students.
Whether you are looking for guidance on navigating relationships, managing a difficult transition, or seeking effective treatment for a more enduring psychological problem, I want to help you to set and accomplish your goals. As a psychologist, I support adults with a variety of needs, whether it’s structured treatment for psychological disorders (e.g., depression and anxiety), action towards personal/professional goals or concerns (e.g., career development, burnout), or relationship support and enhancement (e.g., pre-marital planning, breakups). I am particularly passionate about working with college and graduate students.
(858) 758-2821 View (858) 758-2821
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Brad P. Miller, Psy.D.
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92131
With over 20 years of clinical experience, I specialize in helping adolescents and adults experiencing a wide range of psychological issues including anxiety, relationship difficulties, sport psychology / performance enhancement, men's issues, parenting challenges and helping athletes strengthen their confidence, conquer setbacks and elevate performance.
Feeling overwhelmed because of life's increasing demands? Feeling like you have exhausted your resources and have run out of options to change your situation? I strongly believe that when we experience a supportive and encouraging environment coupled with practical, solution-focused guidance, we can discover new possibilities and find the strength to make change. I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in individual and family therapy for adolescents and adults. As a solution-focused psychologist I help clients develop the necessary tools to attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
With over 20 years of clinical experience, I specialize in helping adolescents and adults experiencing a wide range of psychological issues including anxiety, relationship difficulties, sport psychology / performance enhancement, men's issues, parenting challenges and helping athletes strengthen their confidence, conquer setbacks and elevate performance.
Feeling overwhelmed because of life's increasing demands? Feeling like you have exhausted your resources and have run out of options to change your situation? I strongly believe that when we experience a supportive and encouraging environment coupled with practical, solution-focused guidance, we can discover new possibilities and find the strength to make change. I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in individual and family therapy for adolescents and adults. As a solution-focused psychologist I help clients develop the necessary tools to attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
(858) 437-9958 View (858) 437-9958
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Elizabeth Anaya-Olmedo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92114
I have extensive experience working with individuals from all walks of life suffering from anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, low self-esteem, sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, life transitions, loss, and grief, living with a chronic illness, and problems related to parenting.
I’m Elizabeth Anaya-Olmedo, a licensed clinical social worker with more than 9 years of experience. I have a bachelor’s degree in human services, a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Work and Gerontology, and a master’s degree in social work from Indiana University. My goal is to touch, move and inspire all those I come in contact with. I am passionate about empowering people in all aspects of life. I help people embrace their authentic selves, develop compassion toward themselves and others, and live meaningful life through transformation and healing.
I have extensive experience working with individuals from all walks of life suffering from anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, low self-esteem, sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, life transitions, loss, and grief, living with a chronic illness, and problems related to parenting.
I’m Elizabeth Anaya-Olmedo, a licensed clinical social worker with more than 9 years of experience. I have a bachelor’s degree in human services, a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Work and Gerontology, and a master’s degree in social work from Indiana University. My goal is to touch, move and inspire all those I come in contact with. I am passionate about empowering people in all aspects of life. I help people embrace their authentic selves, develop compassion toward themselves and others, and live meaningful life through transformation and healing.
(619) 391-2771 View (619) 391-2771
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Hudson Jones
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92121
At the Center for Men’s Excellence, Dr. Jones provides therapy to adults, couples, and teens aged 13 and up. He also offers group therapy with men. Common areas of concern for Dr. Jones’ patients include stress and anxiety, relationship difficulties, work-life balance, reproductive/perinatal mental health, teen development, and depression. His background as a musician along with his extensive travel and dedication to cultural and spiritual exploration all inform his perspective as well as his intuitive attunement with his clients.
At the Center for Men’s Excellence, Dr. Jones provides therapy to adults, couples, and teens aged 13 and up. He also offers group therapy with men. Common areas of concern for Dr. Jones’ patients include stress and anxiety, relationship difficulties, work-life balance, reproductive/perinatal mental health, teen development, and depression. His background as a musician along with his extensive travel and dedication to cultural and spiritual exploration all inform his perspective as well as his intuitive attunement with his clients.
(858) 544-1116 View (858) 544-1116
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Jocelyn Marin
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
I have experience working with diverse populations in various settings and am passionate about providing services to individuals with diverse backgrounds and challenges including anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, life transitions, and severe trauma.
Hola! My name is Jocelyn Marin. I’m a bilingual, first-gen with Mexican roots, and a certified domestic violence counselor. I am a compassionate associate social work therapist who is dedicated to providing a safe space for youth, adults and families to grow and heal through counseling.
I have experience working with diverse populations in various settings and am passionate about providing services to individuals with diverse backgrounds and challenges including anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, life transitions, and severe trauma.
Hola! My name is Jocelyn Marin. I’m a bilingual, first-gen with Mexican roots, and a certified domestic violence counselor. I am a compassionate associate social work therapist who is dedicated to providing a safe space for youth, adults and families to grow and heal through counseling.
(760) 313-7757 View (760) 313-7757
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Jordan Sybrandt
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92103
Waitlist for new clients
Anxiety is the direct result of focusing too much on what others care about while sacrificing what's important to you.
You just don't know what to do. You're not even sure if therapy works, but you know you've got to do something different. You've tried to figure it out on your own and you feel stuck. Therapy can help if you're willing to put in the work, learn new skills and commit to using them. Yes, you can actually recover from anxiety, phobias and even traumatic experiences. And this is more than just learning to live with a psychological limp.
Anxiety is the direct result of focusing too much on what others care about while sacrificing what's important to you.
You just don't know what to do. You're not even sure if therapy works, but you know you've got to do something different. You've tried to figure it out on your own and you feel stuck. Therapy can help if you're willing to put in the work, learn new skills and commit to using them. Yes, you can actually recover from anxiety, phobias and even traumatic experiences. And this is more than just learning to live with a psychological limp.
(619) 377-7077 View (619) 377-7077
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Jacqueline Bonelli Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
I have helped many individual clients with chronic irritability; anxiety; depression; procrastination; lack of assertiveness and with trauma symptoms.
Welcome! My name is Jacque Smith, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in the mental health field for over 25 years. I offer in-person and on-line psychotherapy for individuals and couples. My goal is to help people develop sustainable coping skills to deal with a variety of issues. You will learn so much more about my practice by visiting me at www.sdpsychotherapist.com
I have helped many individual clients with chronic irritability; anxiety; depression; procrastination; lack of assertiveness and with trauma symptoms.
Welcome! My name is Jacque Smith, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in the mental health field for over 25 years. I offer in-person and on-line psychotherapy for individuals and couples. My goal is to help people develop sustainable coping skills to deal with a variety of issues. You will learn so much more about my practice by visiting me at www.sdpsychotherapist.com
(619) 378-7111 View (619) 378-7111
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Perla Barragan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92107
My name is Perla Barragan, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I work with adults, and I specialize in anxiety, stress, and depression using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Strengths-Based Therapy to help my clients make progress, grow, and start feeling better. My approach to therapy varies based on the needs of each client I work with. I most frequently use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Strengths Based Strengths-Based Therapy, as both modalities help me, and the client build a shared understanding of their reality where they are in life.
My name is Perla Barragan, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I work with adults, and I specialize in anxiety, stress, and depression using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Strengths-Based Therapy to help my clients make progress, grow, and start feeling better. My approach to therapy varies based on the needs of each client I work with. I most frequently use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Strengths Based Strengths-Based Therapy, as both modalities help me, and the client build a shared understanding of their reality where they are in life.
(858) 544-2791 View (858) 544-2791
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Natalie Wilson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92130  (Online Only)
Your potential to reclaim your happiness starts here. Our therapy services offer personalized support for adults facing depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship challenges, narcissistic abuse recovery, and life transitions. With unwavering support and personalized strategies tailored to your unique needs, we'll guide you towards lasting healing and a renewed sense of self. Step into your full potential today!
Your potential to reclaim your happiness starts here. Our therapy services offer personalized support for adults facing depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship challenges, narcissistic abuse recovery, and life transitions. With unwavering support and personalized strategies tailored to your unique needs, we'll guide you towards lasting healing and a renewed sense of self. Step into your full potential today!
(858) 251-7870 View (858) 251-7870
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Shannon J. Oliveira
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
My goal as your therapist is to help you create a meaningful and enjoyable life. Whether you come to treatment to manage a pre-existing condition/diagnosis, or are looking to improve the relationships in your life; I am happy to assist you until you get to where you would like to be. In today's society; stress, anxiety, and depression can often take over our health, wellbeing, and relationships leaving one with an unsatisfactory life. In treatment we can explore the obstacles that are causing you pain or are holding you back from your full potential, and work together towards creating happiness and contentment.
My goal as your therapist is to help you create a meaningful and enjoyable life. Whether you come to treatment to manage a pre-existing condition/diagnosis, or are looking to improve the relationships in your life; I am happy to assist you until you get to where you would like to be. In today's society; stress, anxiety, and depression can often take over our health, wellbeing, and relationships leaving one with an unsatisfactory life. In treatment we can explore the obstacles that are causing you pain or are holding you back from your full potential, and work together towards creating happiness and contentment.
(707) 674-6193 View (707) 674-6193
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Rachael Troxel Bowman @ Grow Through Life
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
Welcome. I enjoy working with children, teens and families. I have experience working with all ages and treating depression, anxiety, grief, anger management, abuse, and trauma. I firmly believes therapy should be a collaborative process between the therapist and the client. We will set goals for treatment and work toward achieving those goals.
Welcome. I enjoy working with children, teens and families. I have experience working with all ages and treating depression, anxiety, grief, anger management, abuse, and trauma. I firmly believes therapy should be a collaborative process between the therapist and the client. We will set goals for treatment and work toward achieving those goals.
(858) 758-8135 View (858) 758-8135
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Sara Tafeen
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92104  (Online Only)
I am a licensed psychologist who works with older adolescents and adults seeking psychotherapy for a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, life transitions, relational problems, and stress.
Hello! I’m so glad you’re here. Deciding to reach out for support is a challenging but important step toward creating a life of meaning, satisfaction, and joy. Therapy is a place to express and unpack complicated feelings and negative thoughts and to practice new ways of relating and responding to yourself and others. Following treatment with me, clients typically report understanding themselves more fully, increased self-compassion and empathy, and richer, healthier communication with peers and loved ones. I care deeply about my clients and will be an active participant in helping you to create desired change.
I am a licensed psychologist who works with older adolescents and adults seeking psychotherapy for a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, life transitions, relational problems, and stress.
Hello! I’m so glad you’re here. Deciding to reach out for support is a challenging but important step toward creating a life of meaning, satisfaction, and joy. Therapy is a place to express and unpack complicated feelings and negative thoughts and to practice new ways of relating and responding to yourself and others. Following treatment with me, clients typically report understanding themselves more fully, increased self-compassion and empathy, and richer, healthier communication with peers and loved ones. I care deeply about my clients and will be an active participant in helping you to create desired change.
(619) 389-2427 View (619) 389-2427

Anxiety Therapists

What are the most common treatments for anxiety?

Talk therapy, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy, is the most common treatment for anxiety. Studies have shown it is equally effective as medication. Other popular forms of therapy are popular, depending on a patient’s experience. Exposure therapy, for instance, can be useful for people dealing with fears and phobias, or who have experienced traumatic events. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy may be useful for patients who need help with emotion regulation. Anxiolytic medications, like benzodiazepines, can also help with calming a person enough to focus on the skills they’ve learned, and physical exercise has been shown to help symptoms of anxiety across the board.

How long does therapy for anxiety take to work?

The amount of time needed to alleviate symptoms depends on the severity of a person’s condition. Some therapies may take 5-20 weekly sessions to show results. Anti-depressant medications typically take two to four weeks before a benefit is felt. Anti-anxiety medications are felt typically within 20-30 minutes. Medications are best used to offer a patient a better headspace in which to work on techniques learned in therapy. Exercise, improved sleep habits, and meditation are effective, but takes weeks or months to show results.

When should I seek treatment for anxiety?

Everyone feels anxious at times, but when anxiety causes disruption to your daily life, it may be time to seek help. Such disruption can be mental, physical, or both: having fear dominate your thoughts, avoiding situations or objects that bring on feelings of anxiety, or experiencing shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, or panic attacks. When these symptoms are recurrent and distressing, it may be time to talk to someone.

How effective is treatment for anxiety?

Treatment for anxiety has been shown to be moderately to highly effective, according to a large body of psychology studies and analyses. For some people, treatment using CBT or exposure therapy alone is effective. Others respond best to a combination of medication and therapy.