Researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle have been looking into more flexible ways to help people suffering from anxiety. Their study looked into the effectiveness of an intervention called CALM - Coordinated Anxiety Learning and Management - which offers a choice of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), medication or both together backed up with computerised CBT and training for primary-care clinicians in promoting adherence and 'optimising medications.' 1,004 people between the ages of 18 and 75 took part in the study with half taking part in the programme and the other half receiving 'care as usual.' The anxiety symptoms of the participants taking part in the programme were significantly better after 6,12 and 18 months.
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