Severe Anxiety Symptoms Can be Managed Through Digital Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

There is a common misconception about anxiety is that it can only be treated with medication or anti-anxiolytics. However, recent research suggests that moderate to severe symptoms of a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) with other co-occurring mental conditions can be treated with digital cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The findings of the study have been published at the Wiley Online Library (WOL).

The researchers of the present study conducted an online, two‐arm parallel‐group superiority randomized controlled trial to check the effectiveness of digital CBT on people with GAD which is a broad category that covered so many anxiety-related disorders such pathological anxiety, fears, different types of phobias, and several other brain conditions.

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Anxiety is common mental condition that can be described as excessive worrying and stressing over minor issues encountered in everyday circumstances. GAD can develop in childhood or adulthood where the excessive worry or anxious thoughts dominate the normal thinking pattern that can cause the symptoms of fatigue, irritability in mood, the sensitivity of noise, agitation or restlessness, poor concentration, and in the severe cases the persistent and continuous anxiety may lead to depressions, depersonalization, or obsessions.

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The collected a sample that was consisted on 256 people with moderate to severe symptoms of GAD that affects around 3.1% of the entire population of the United States whereas overall anxiety affects around 40 million adults in the United States between age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the entire population annually, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADDA).

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The present trial was held to compare the effectiveness of digital CBT with waitlist control in the study participants. CBT is usually done by a professional body but digital CBT is an online available free of cost technique that can manage a person’s emotional and behavioral disturbances wherever or whenever the person wants. It works as a ‘fear-fighter’ for those people with fear, phobias, and anxiety symptoms.

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The team administered D-CBT (daylight) on participant’s smartphones.

Assessment Areas: The team took five readings from the participants started from a chain of the baseline or the zero weeks to mid-intervention or the third week to post-intervention or the sixth week. Lastly, the follow up that remained until the tenth week from the baseline period.

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The team found out a significant reduction in the anxiety symptoms of the study participants after the use of D-CBT daylight in a comparison with those people in waitlist control at the time of post-intervention of the therapy.  

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The investigators also found a remarkable reduction in the GAD co-occurring condition including depressive symptoms or extreme sadness, sleep difficulty or insomnia, wellbeing, and participant‐specific quality of life.

Overall the present study suggests that mental conditions such as anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, or anger issues are now in hand. People usually take mental illnesses for granted because of the common misconceptions about them. On one side, there is a need to bust those myths that take people away from getting medical help. On another side, here is good news for those people that really cannot go to get medical help for mental health problems due to misconceptions. By using D-CBT, a person can handle so many ongoing daily mental health disturbances.

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