Anxiety Disorders

Dec 01, 2021 Issue
Virtual Reality in the Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

Virtual reality does not appear to be effective and should not be used in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. In trials including anxiety disorders such as phobias and fear of flying, virtual reality may be better than no treatment, but it is not superior to traditional behavioral therapy or cognitive behavior therapy.

May 15, 2019 Issue
Depression and Anxiety Disorders: Benefits of Exercise, Yoga, and Meditation [Article]

Many people with depression or anxiety turn to nonpharmacologic and nonconventional interventions, including exercise, yoga, meditation, tai chi, or qi gong. Get the latest evidence on how effective each of these interventions is for the treatment of depression and anxiety.

Oct 1, 2018 Issue
Therapist-Guided, Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]

Therapist-guided, Internet-delivered CBT can be used as an effective treatment for anxiety in adults and is similar in effectiveness to face-to-face CBT.

May 1, 2018 Issue
One-Third of Patients with Anxiety Disorder Will Relapse When Antidepressant Treatment Stops [POEMs]

Discontinuing the antidepressant treatment in patients with anxiety disorders will cause a relapse in almost one-third of them. One in six patients previously treated successfully will also relapse despite continued treatment.

Mar 15, 2018 Issue
Probiotics for Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]

A combination of three probiotic species slightly improves symptoms in patients with major depressive disorder. Lactobacillus casei alone does not affect depressive symptoms in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, but it does improve anxiety.

Nov 1, 2016 Issue
Pet Therapy: Enhancing Patient Care Through Time with Animals [Curbside Consultation]

A 16-year-old girl and her parents presented to my office for her wellness evaluation. The patient has generalized anxiety disorder with comorbid major depression, for which she has been prescribed a serotonergic antidepressant. She is a high school student, lives with her parents, and is currently ...

Apr 1, 2016 Issue
Nonpharmaceutical Treatment of Anxiety in Institutionalized Older Adults [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) or relaxation training, alone or in combination, can be used to treat anxiety in older adults. Music therapy can also be used to reduce anxiety in older adults. Appropriate training of institutional caregivers is also helpful in reducing anxiety in older adults.

Jan 1, 2016 Issue
Therapist-Supported Online Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Adult Anxiety [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Therapist-supported online CBT is more effective than no treatment and as effective as face-to-face CBT for reducing overall anxiety as well as symptoms, and improving quality of life in adults with anxiety disorders.

May 1, 2015 Issue
Diagnosis and Management of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder in Adults [Article]

The diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder can be complicated by a broad differential and comorbidities. Learn the best way to screen for these disorders, as well as common treatments.

Oct 1, 2014 Issue
Psychological Therapies for Chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are more effective than other therapies in reducing PTSD symptom severity up to four months after treatment, but more robust studies are needed to evaluate the long-term effectiveness.

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