Posted on December 11, 2014
Last modified on May 13, 2019
Anxiety disorders can turn everyday routines into stressful challenges. Symptoms interfere with relationships and careers and reduce the enjoyment of hobbies and activities.
The behavior of someone with an anxiety disorder may seem irrational. Even loved ones have a hard time knowing what’s going on. Anxiety disorders are recognized mental health problems that affect every part of a person’s life.
At Promises Behavioral Health, we understand how hard it is to have an anxiety disorder. We offer comprehensive mental health treatment for battling these life-altering illnesses.
Our mental health centers help people overcome the effects of anxiety disorders. We also provide dual diagnosis rehab programs for people with co-occurring addictions.
Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness. They affect up to 20% of Americans. Many people have their first symptoms in childhood or adolescence. Without treatment, the disorder may have a long-term impact on the rest of their life.
Anxiety disorders include:
People with GAD have constant fears and obsessive concerns. These either have no clear cause or seem out of proportion with real-life challenges. Three percent of the population have a generalized anxiety disorder, and two-thirds of those diagnosed are women.
People with panic disorder often experience panic attacks. These are episodes of severe physical and emotional distress. External events can trigger panic attacks, but they often happen without any obvious cause or warning. Panic disorders affect just under 3% of people and are twice as likely to occur in women.
People with SAD feel self-conscious and uncomfortable in social situations. Some people have these feelings even during brief casual encounters. SAD affects up to 7% of adults. People with social anxiety may try to avoid social situations. In severe cases, they maintain few relationships outside of their close family.
OCD causes reoccurring, unwanted thoughts or repetitive behaviors. It may involve both. People with OCD may act on compulsive behaviors such as:
There are around 2.2 million Americans with OCD.
People with PTSD usually experience anxiety after exposure to a traumatic event that harmed or threatened their life. Violent events that may trigger PTSD include:
Around 7.7 million Americans have PTSD.
A phobia is a deep, irrational fear of a specific situation or thing. Phobias can be highly disabling. Up to 9% of American adults have at least one phobia and around two-thirds of phobic adults are women.
Anxiety disorder symptoms mimic the “fight or flight” response that helps protect us from danger. For people with anxiety disorders, this response is both heightened and more easily triggered. They may experience strong anxiety in situations when there is no clear sign of danger.
Several factors increase the risk of developing an anxiety disorder. These include genetics, home environment and repeated exposure to stress or emotional trauma. However, the exact cause of anxiety disorders is still not completely understood.
Treatment for anxiety disorders aims to help people understand their own symptoms. Over time, it can become easier to recognize when symptoms arise. They can then use techniques to manage their anxiety and stay in control.
Anxiety disorders often develop before or during an episode of major depression. Because of this, mental health programs aimed at treating anxiety disorders often treat depression as well. This is important because each illness can reinforce the other. Many therapies for treating anxiety are also useful for treating depression. This allows clients to work on both problems at the same time.
Treatment options for anxiety disorders include:
This is a practical therapy that helps people unlearn harmful thoughts, beliefs and behavior patterns. At the same time, patients learn how to replace these thoughts with healthier alternatives.
Controlled exposure to situations that trigger anxiety can help people learn to manage their symptoms. As the client becomes more confident, the duration of exposure can be gradually increased.
Group sessions help people with anxiety disorders learn from and support one another.
Antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs can help some people manage their symptoms. However, medication is most effective when it’s combined with therapy.
This treatment approach focuses on activities such as yoga, tai chi, meditation and massage therapy. These can help people with anxiety calm their minds and reduce stress. They also help strengthen the link between mind and body. With this connection, clients control their physical responses to situations that trigger anxiety.
Promises Behavioral Health centers offer both inpatient anxiety treatment. For people with co-occurring disorders, many centers also have a medical detox service.
Inpatient anxiety treatment is often the best choice for someone with a co-occurring addiction. Clients have access to round-the-clock support in a secure sober environment. The inpatient program helps people begin addiction recovery while receiving ongoing support for their anxiety disorder. When someone has a co-occurring addiction, it’s vital to address this along with the anxiety. Addressing both issues at the same time reduces the risk of addiction relapse.
Inpatient residential treatment offers a structured schedule with daily therapy and process groups. Some programs include off-site outings or allow clients to attend support meetings off-campus.
These services are for people who have completed an inpatient program. They may include:
Lucida is a luxury mental health and drug rehab center located by Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway. It provides treatment for anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. Lucida also treats addiction and co-occurring disorders. The mental health and rehab programs offer therapy, support groups, relapse prevention and continuing care groups and other activities.
Promises Scottsdale is located in a peaceful, inspiring setting in the Sonoran Desert. This center treats primary mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression and PTSD. It also treats alcohol and drug addiction and co-occurring disorders. This treatment center offers traditional evidence-backed treatments such as CBT. There are also alternative options such as equine therapy. Promises Scottsdale also has aftercare and alumni programs that provide client support for as long as needed.
In an authentic ranch setting in Tennessee, The Ranch treats anxiety, depression and eating disorders. It also treats substance abuse and addiction, sex addiction and co-occurring disorders. Activities such as equine therapy support traditional modes of therapy such as CBT and group sessions. Green pastures and rolling hills help restore body, mind and spirit as clients work towards healing and recovery.
The Ranch Pennsylvania overlooks the Susquehanna River in the southeast of the state. This center treats mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and trauma. The Ranch also provides medical detox and treats substance abuse and addiction, process addictions and co-occurring disorders. Clients stay in rustic cottages that provide a homey setting that promotes healing.
When you have anxiety, it can be hard to fully enjoy daily life. It can even make your world seem smaller than it really is.
Anxiety disorder treatment at a Promises Behavioral Health center may help you expand your world again. Our expert mental health staff use evidence-based therapy and alternative treatments to help clients manage their anxiety in healthy ways.
If you’re suffering from an anxiety disorder, call 844-875-5609 to to find out how we can help you get your life back on track.
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