This may come as a shock to you, but professionals such as doctors, lawyers psychological counselors, music teachers, etc. do not know everything there is to know about all the available information in the field. Although the foremost authority on anxiety and anxiety treatments may be able to tell you what works for the vast majority of people, they cannot be absolutely certain that their treatment program will be effective for you.
This means that it's absolutely critical that you work with a qualified professional psychologist, psychiatrist or medical doctor to develop an anxiety treatment plan that's right and effective for you. While many medications are on the market and have high rates of effectiveness, most do not come without side effects. Depending on your individual needs, these side effects may or may not be an issue for you.
There is no "one-size-fits-all" solution to dealing with anxiety. The reason for this is that there is a wide variety of anxiety types that need to be considered. This also makes anxiety disorders one of the more complex illnesses to accurately diagnose. Consider this list of some of the more recognized anxiety disorders.
Panic Attack Panic Disorder Agoraphobia Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Anxiety Disorder Substance Induced Anxiety Separation Anxiety Generalized Anxiety Disorders Societal Anxiety Disorder
As you can easily understand, it's important to find a qualified professional knowledgeable in anxiety disorders to help not only diagnose, but also develop an anxiety treatment program that will work for you.
Individual and group counseling, has been shown to produce long-term positive effects for many who suffer from various types of anxiety. Societal anxiety and certain phobias are especially well-suited to respond well to counseling. Once again however, depending on your situation and personality, counseling may not be well-suited for you.
There are many alternative treatment options that depending on your interests and personality, may also be effective are essentially worthless. Take for an example yoga. There are many people who have claimed substantial relief from the symptoms of anxiety by adding yoga to their overall treatment program. Yoga requires the ability to calm oneself internally and focus. While many claimed the virtues of yoga, others simply cannot get any benefit.
In the end, the person with an anxiety disorder must be able to commit to a developed treatment program to make it work. This means that someone suffering from an anxiety disorder needs to be completely honest with their psychological professional as the anxiety treatment plan is being developed. It's only through honest interaction to the most effective treatment be found that will provide the desired relief from the symptoms.