Anxiety Disorder Treatment

The body devises its own way of coping with pressure and risks, and anxiety is one such reaction of the body to stressful, dangerous or unfamiliar situations. Anxiety is simply a feeling of fear, uneasiness and distress. However, anxiety disorders involve more than temporary fear or worry and can prevent people from going ahead with daily life activities like sleeping, concentrating or socializing. According to the 2008-2012 Mental Health Surveillance Study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an estimated 12.9 million American adults (aged 18 years or above) suffered from one or more anxiety disorders within the past year. People with anxiety disorders can exhibit both physical and psychological symptoms.

When left untreated, symptoms of anxiety disorders can worsen over time and interfere with personal and professional life. They can come in the way of a productive and happy life. Due to the nature and complexity of the illness, residential treatment for anxiety disorders is known to be the most effective form of intervention. Residential treatment centers offer individualized, evidence-based treatment in secure and compassionate environment with the aim of providing long-lasting solution and addressing any underlying co-occurring disorders. A comprehensive anxiety disorder treatment at a certified treatment center for anxiety disorder involves a holistic combination of medication, psychotherapies and experiential therapies.

Anxiety disorders: Causes and symptoms

Anxiety disorders differ from normal symptoms of anxiety as the associated worry and fear, lasting six months or more, do not go away on their own and can worsen over time. While the symptoms of each disorder vary, some of the general symptoms include irritability, headaches, sleep problems, heart palpitations, trouble concentrating, and feelings of panic, fear and uneasiness.

Some of the factors leading to anxiety disorders include brain chemistry, problems in the functioning of brain circuits that regulate fear and other emotions, genetics, environmental causes and life events. Anxiety is also linked to underlying mental disorders or medical conditions like thyroid problems, heart disease, substance abuse and withdrawal and diabetes. Anxiety can also be a side effect of certain medication or drugs, such as stimulants. Researchers also contend that negative emotional reactivity triggers the learned experience of anxiety in the brain.

Types of anxiety disorders

There are several types of anxiety disorders – social anxiety disorder (SAD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder and specific phobias.

    • Generalized anxiety disorder

GAD is chronic, unsubstantiated worry, fear and concern about normal everyday problems regarding work, school performance, finances and health that is difficult to control. People with GAD may have difficulty sleeping and concentrating that can lead to fatigue, muscle tension, restlessness, irritability and edginess.

    • Social anxiety disorder

SAD or social phobia is characterized by intense anxiety regarding social situations or performance in front of other people. Individuals suffering with SAD may entirely avoid social situations due to intense anxiety and distress felt due to their close observation or performance in front of others.

    • Panic disorder

Panic disorder consists of frequent and unexpected panic attacks or abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort. People with recurrent panic attacks often make trips to the emergency room or doctor because their symptoms closely resemble those of life-threatening heart problems and other illnesses. Some of the symptoms of a panic attack include fatigue, muscle tension, feeling of running away, fear of losing control or going crazy

    • Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia can develop in people with panic attacks when they begin to fear situations that may lead to another panic attack. However, agoraphobia may also occur without the presence of panic disorder. People with agoraphobia have anxiety about using public transportation, being in open spaces or enclosed places, standing in line, being in a crowd or being alone outdoors.

    • Specific phobias

Specific phobias are characterized by a fear of specific objects or situations like dogs, spiders, insects, snakes, germs, height, thunder, driving, public transportation, flying, dental or medical procedures and elevators. People with phobias actively avoid feared objects or situations to prevent intense fear or anxiety. The feared object usually provokes immediate fear or anxiety.

Sovereign Health of Florida

Chronic, irrational and excessive feelings of panic, fear and uneasiness can cause distress among people with anxiety disorders, and can significantly impair their ability to function. Sovereign Health of Florida provides individualized behavioral treatment for people with mental disorders like anxiety as well as for those affected by substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.

At Sovereign Health’s treatment center for anxiety disorder, our expert clinicians conduct thorough medical, psychological and psychiatric assessments to zero in on any co-occurring medical or psychiatric conditions. The evaluation also helps develop a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan as per patients’ specific needs. During treatment, patients receive individual psychotherapy, group therapy as well as other evidence-based therapy for treating anxiety disorders. Some of the therapies include cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), psychoeducational groups, experiential therapy and solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT).

Another key component of our treatment program is brain wellness. Cognitive techniques have demonstrated great promise in the treatment of anxiety as these techniques harness the patient’s capacity to form stronger neural connections in the brain. At Sovereign Health, we employ innovative approaches like neurofeedback that teaches patients to utilize their natural feedback instincts to improve their cognitive functioning through a computer program called BrainPaint.

For more information about residential treatment for anxiety disorders offered at our facilities, call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-217-5527 to speak to a member of our admissions team. You can also chat with our trained counselors to know about the finest treatment center for anxiety disorder, near you.

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