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Over a year ago, we published one of our first infographics – 9 most effective anxiety treatments. I went ahead and repeated the analysis today, and now we have 25 treatments that people rate as most effective for anxiety.
This chart is based on 6,118 people with anxiety who participated in CureTogether surveys, compared to 1,303 people last year. Anxiety is still our most populated condition community.
Here are the top 25 treatments for anxiety you may not have tried that thousands of others say worked well for them:
4. Spending time with animals
6. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
7. Inspiring music
10. Massage therapy
11. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
12. Deep breathing
14. Exposure therapy
17. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
18. Interpersonal therapy
22. Bio-identical hormones
23. Avoid caffeine
24. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
To navigate the graph above:
The top right quadrant shows the most popular and effective treatments (e.g. Exercise), and the top left quadrant shows treatments that not many people have tried but that have above-average effectiveness, so they may be options to think about (e.g. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).
Treatments in the lower right quadrant are ones that lots of people have tried but that have below-average effectiveness (e.g. Wellbutrin), and treatments in the lower left quadrant are reported as neither popular nor effective, so you may want to consider this when choosing a treatment (e.g. Paxil).
Where did this data come from? CureTogether members have been anonymously sharing symptoms and treatments for almost 3 years now. We analyzed and visualized the data into infographic form to make it more accessible. To thank everyone for their contributions, we’re releasing this result back to the community for free.
This is part of our regular series of research findings. Of course, with each of these findings, there is a potential bias in patient self-selection and recall. We present these findings as just what they are – patient-reported data – to stimulate discussion and generate new insights for further research. Stay tuned for more and please let us know in the comments below if this was helpful or interesting for you.
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