There are Many Ways of Treating Anxiety and Depression
Some are good and can lead to recovery, but some are bad and can be fatal.
It is important to know that because many people self-medicate with alcohol, but that does not mean that alcohol can treat anxiety or depression. In fact, it is quite the opposite.
Alcohol abuse literally poisons your mind and body. It will make you feel even more depressed and ill. When depressed, alcohol is you your number one enemy that you should avoid.
Any amount of alcohol is too much if you suffer from anxiety and depression. That is why you should think twice before reaching for an alcoholic beverage. You need to remember that alcohol is a depressant.
The best way to treat anxiety and depression is psychotherapy alone or combined with natural supplements or medication. Of course, just being in psychotherapy is not enough. For psychotherapy to be successful, you need to actively participate in your treatment and work hard together with your therapist.
Nobody can help you if you are not prepared to help yourself. Even the best therapist will be powerless if you do not want to cooperate. You cannot expect that the only thing you need to do in order to get better from anxiety and depression is to take the medication and visit your therapist once a week. It does not work that way!
You need to be in charge of your treatment. You need to make the appropriate changes in your life if you want to get better. Your therapist is there to give you the professional advice, guidance and support. In other words, your therapist is playing an important role in your treatment, but the main role belongs to you.
Your life is your responsibility. This means that your successes, failures and even illnesses are your responsibility. No, you should not feel guilty about your failures or illness. Guilt will only make you feel even more depressed and ill. Responsibility on the other hand, gives you the power to change your life for better. When you are responsible for something you have the power to change it.
Treating anxiety and depression is not an event, but a process that needs time. This means that there are no magic pills for anxiety and depression or any other kind of quick fix. Unfortunately, many people overuse and abuse antidepressants and anxiolytics (anxiety medication) without knowing that by doing so they will end up feeling even worse and more vulnerable than they initially were.
Medication for anxiety and depression should only be used when necessary and under the supervision of a health professional. In addition, when taking medication for depression or anxiety, one needs to be in psychotherapy where the appropriate guidance and support is provided. Remember, misuse or abuse of anxiety and depression medications is always very unproductive and can have a fatal outcome.
The process of treating anxiety and depression can and it should change your life for better. Of course, this will not happen over night, but it will happen if you are persistent and disciplined. For as long as you believe that you can be cured, there is a greater chance that the day will come.