Group therapy is as effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety disorders as pharmacotherapy and individual psychotherapy.
The benefits of group therapy include – cost effectiveness (compared to individual psychotherapy), feeling connected with others, reduced sense of isolation, learning of new coping strategies to deal with anxiety, becoming more self-aware, improving social skills, and overall reduction in anxiety symptoms and enhancement in the quality of life.
The number of sessions, in case of an ongoing group without predetermined number of sessions, depends on the individual’s severity of anxiety disorder and how long it takes for them to be able to reduce their symptoms of anxiety. Individual psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy in case of severe anxiety –are always recommended in addition to group therapy.
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