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Anxiety disorders are common among Americans, in fact, they affect 19.1% of the US adult population every year. An estimated 31.1% of U.S. adults experience any anxiety disorder at some time in their lives.
Although occasional feelings of worry or tension are common, when these feelings become constant, this could be a sign of an anxiety disorder. People with anxiety disorders experience fear, nervousness, and worry in their everyday lives. These feelings can interfere with their daily activities and can cause the individual to avoid necessary actions that could trigger them.
Solace Treatment is an outpatient recovery program in Los Angeles County that specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders. We recognize that individualized care will be important in the person finding recovery from this disorder and are prepared to create a customized treatment plan.
Anxiety disorders differ in the objects and situations that induce them, but share features of excessive fear or worry and related behavioral disturbances. Anxiety disorders may cause interference with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships. These disorders are often associated with both physical symptoms as well as emotional reactions.
The physical symptoms of anxiety often include heart palpitations, sweating, headaches, and insomnia. The emotional symptoms often associated with anxiety disorders include feelings of dread, apprehension, irritability, and anticipating the worst.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5) is used to classify and diagnose mental health disorders. According to the DSM-5 there are different types or classifications of anxiety disorders.
Types of anxiety disorders include:
The causes of anxiety disorders are unknown but likely involve a combination of factors including genetics, environmental, psychological, and developmental. Anxiety disorders can run in families, suggesting that a combination of genes and environmental stresses can produce the disorders.
Factors that can increase an individual’s risk for developing an anxiety disorder include:
Each anxiety disorder has its own set of symptoms, meaning each has a separate set of treatments. Based on your diagnosis and individual needs, a customized treatment plan can be developed to best help you find recovery. Treatment for anxiety disorders often includes therapy, medication, or a combination of the two.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that is often used to help treat anxiety disorders. This therapy helps to change an individuals thoughts and behaviors by first recognizing the thoughts and behaviors that need to be changed. The goal of this therapy is to gain an understanding of behaviors and motivations so the individual can feel better about themselves.
Problem-solving skills are taught in order to help cope with difficult situations. Solace Treatment uses CBT therapy to help treat symptoms of anxiety and to help gain a new perspective on the individual’s thoughts and behaviors.
Group therapy is often a tool used to help patients with anxiety disorders. Our patients are able to constructively interact with a mental health professional present to help better their social skills, conflict resolution, and gain a support network. Individuals with anxiety disorders in a group setting can learn that they are not alone with their condition and learn more about themselves.
To help patients with the physical symptoms of their anxiety disorder, our outpatient treatment center in Whittier practices experiential therapy. At Solace Treatment, we provide our clients with the opportunity to participate in yoga, hiking, art therapy, and meditation to help clients relax and feel in control of their bodies.
Using medication to treat anxiety disorders only can treat the symptoms of anxiety disorders and is not a cure. Not all patients will need medication as a form of treatment for anxiety and each individual will be assessed by a mental health professional to determine the best form of treatment. If medication is needed, this treatment will be used in addition to psychotherapy and group therapy.
To treat the physical symptoms of anxiety, these medications may be prescribed:
At Solace Treatment, we understand that anxiety disorders can disrupt the way you live, think, and act. These disorders can begin to affect and interfere with work, school, and relationships.
Our goal is to help our clients find relief from their anxiety by providing tools and education. Our mental health professionals are prepared to help with the physical and mental symptoms associated with anxiety disorders.
If you or a loved one is struggling with an anxiety disorder, reach out to Solace Treatment today. Our team of professionals can answer any questions you may have and help you understand our program.