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by Scholten A

(Chronic Free-Floating Anxiety)



Effective treatment usually involves a combination of interventions, including:

Lifestyle Changes

Relaxation Techniques

  • Practice deep breathing and meditation .
  • Learn how to do progressive muscle relaxation.
  • Work with a massage therapist.
  • Engage in pleasurable activities.
  • Do yoga .

Social Support

  • Have a strong support system of family and friends.
  • Seek therapy to improve your coping skills.
  • Join a support group .


This therapy addresses thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that play a role in anxiety. It helps you work through traumas and conflicts.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help you identify negative thought patterns and behaviors. Over time, you can learn to retrain your thinking. This will help you respond better to stress and anxiety.
CBT has been very effective in children and teens.


For severe anxiety or anxiety disorder, medicines may include:
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Buspirone
  • Antidepressants (e.g., tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors [SSRIs])
If you are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, follow your doctor's instructions .


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Mental Health America



Canadian Psychiatric Association

Canadian Psychological Association



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