Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental health disorder, impacting an estimated 301 million individuals around the world. Generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder are among the anxiety disorders studied.
Effective treatment options for anxiety disorders include medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy among others. However, many patients opt not to take medications, do not respond to them, or cannot obtain treatment due to a lack of access. Additionally, seeking help for mental health conditions, unfortunately, carries a stigma that many want to avoid.
Mindfulness interventions are increasing in popularity and may provide a viable alternative treatment or co-treatment option. This study examines the effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) compared to escitalopram (generic Lexapro) in reducing anxiety levels.