3 Advances You May Soon See In Anxiety Therapy

If you suffer from anxiety, you may know what is currently available when it comes to counseling and therapy. However, there are some new twists on traditional therapy that are making their way into everyday practice that you should be aware of. Over the next few years, you should keep in mind the following options:

Increased Use of Virtual Reality 

Many types of anxiety have triggers that put you in a more anxious state. Part of therapy usually involves deconstructing those triggers and taking their power away from your life, allowing you to move freely through the world without having to worry about having a bout of anxiety. Some therapists make use of virtual reality tools in a type of exposure therapy to help ease triggers. In these sessions, you may be exposed to your triggers in a virtual scenario. With the help of your therapist, you will learn tools to control your reaction to these triggers and, ultimately, help your brain break past associations. 

Use of MDMA During Sessions 

MDMA is in the final phase of research before it becomes approved as a therapy aid for use in treating PTSD patients. Once it is approved to help PTSD, it is expected to be approved to treat other anxiety-related disorders shortly thereafter. Unlike antidepressants that are taken every day, MDMA will be used only in-office during appointments. It can be used to help you build trust with your therapist and open up about the causes underlying your anxiety. Additionally, it can allow you to discuss anxiety-causing situations without experiencing anxiety, which may allow you to process your anxiety more quickly.

Although MDMA may be used in therapy soon, don't expect it at every session. Currently, it is used after several preparatory sessions and then there are several follow-up sessions to allow you to process your MDMA experience. 

Phone and Computer Appointments 

Phone and computer appointments allow people to set up an appointment at any time and get the help they need from a therapist who may not live in their city. This is helpful for people who have a very specific trigger and want a therapist with experience working with similar patients. It is also helpful for patients who have a busy schedule and might skip therapy if it meant taking off of work for half a day to get to an appointment. As video conferencing becomes more reliable, affordable, and simple, you can expect an increase in online appointments. 

Contact a company like The A Treatment Center for more information and assistance.