Anxiety Disorder Treatment Program

Sometimes, making positive changes is challenging because it forces you to go against the status quo. Furthermore, fear of failure that leads to negative reactions from others can cause anxiety. However, it is never too late to make a change and seek anxiety disorder treatment.

“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”
– Michael Jordan

What is anxiety disorder?

It is the persistent occurrence of fear that can become more severe over time. It affects daily life including the ability to perform work tasks, finish school work and relate to others. Different types of anxiety disorders often produce severe terror or panic. This is different than the apprehension felt before performing music or taking a test.

What are the symptoms of anxiety disorder?

It depends on the class of disorder you have. However, most people experience one or more of the following complications: Uneasiness, sleep problems, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, dizziness, numbness, dry mouth, sweaty hands or muscle tension. They also might have sleep problems and difficulty controlling worry, or their mind sometimes “goes blank,” or they have difficulty concentrating.

These symptoms could occur in someone who suffers one of the following types of anxiety disorders that require treatment. Each one of these disorders also has its unique complications.

  • Generalized anxiety disorder – Even when there is no real threat of any bad incident occurring, a person might have an exaggerated or unrealistic worry of negative outcomes.
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder – This usually involves repeating actions over and over again as a way to combat uncontrollable, racing thoughts. It could include repeatedly messaging someone to try to “fix” a relationship.  Otherwise, it could involve actions such as continually checking a door to make sure it is locked to combat fears of someone breaking and entering.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder – Many people who have been exposed to war, domestic violence or were in an accident experience this. Sexual abuse victims also suffer PTSD symptoms.  This often includes recurring nightmares or flashbacks, endless shame and guilt, or constant worry and anxiety.
  • Social anxiety disorder – Many people who enter an anxiety disorder treatment plan often struggle with this issue. They tend to avoid social situations because they fear embarrassment.  They are afraid this ridicule will occur if they say the or do the “wrong thing” when interacting with others or if something embarrassing such as tripping or falling happens.
  • Phobias – Sometimes, people have irrational fears related to specific objects, animals or situations. For instance, some people experience panic in high places or are terrified of spiders.  They also might avoid leaving the house, flying, driving, etc.
  • Panic disorder – This often is the occurrence of an anxiety attack that occurs for apparently no reason. It could happen while driving, working, sleeping or any activity.  Some people who experience this problem might think they are having a heart attack.  This diagnosis also includes avoiding situations where panic attacks occurred and intense worry of a new attack.

What causes anxiety disorders?

It often is the result of complications in brain functioning or exposure to situations that have caused severe stress. This, in turn, can alter the way the nervous system responds during challenging situations.

Many people seeking treatment of anxiety disorder might have both genetic and environmental factors that result in the triggering of disruptive fears. For instance, many people come from a family that has a history of mental health issues, or they were exposed to traumas as a child. Weather could also sometimes have an effect on moods because drastic weather changes are linked to stress.

How is anxiety disorder treated?

A variety of treatments for anxiety disorder can be prescribed. What might work for you might not work for another person, but some techniques for eliminating symptoms are proven effective in most cases.

Treatments for anxiety disorder include as follows:

  • Anti-anxiety medication – This usually is available by way of a prescription from a psychiatrist or medical doctor. It usually alleviates the racing thoughts that sometimes cause the physical symptoms including sweating, panic or palpitations.  Persons struggling with panic disorder also might take prescription medications to curb panic attacks, and they might also be prescribed an anti-depressant.
  • Talk therapy – Usually, a counselor will use conversation to explore the underlying causes of anxiety. This often includes a discussion of unfortunate or traumatic events that have caused unrealistic fears in people.  This also involves finding a way to neutralize those fears.
  • Exposure therapy – This usually involves confronting fears directly as a way to make them less powerful to a person. Facing people, places or situations that a person is fearful of can cause those anxious feelings to dissipate.
  • Stress management education – Addiction counselors, therapists, doctors and psychiatrists often provide supplementary materials to patients who want to learn to manage stress. This often is a part of a substance abuse treatment program or an anger management class.  It could include learning various ways to relax or relieve stress and how to stay positive.
  • Self-help materials – Books, videos, and tutorials often provide inspiration to anyone enrolled in substance abuse rehabilitation that also includes anxiety disorder treatment. These materials are especially helpful at times when no one is available for support.
  • Support groups – Connecting with others for emotional support can be a huge asset. This often is provided along with individual therapy and substance abuse treatment programs.  It can be a source of encouragement for anyone suffering from an anxiety disorder.  Face to face and online groups often provide people with communication outlets for times when under stress.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

If you have a drug and alcohol addiction and also have persistent anxiety problems, you probably qualify for dual diagnosis substance abuse and anxiety disorder treatment. The objective, in this case, is to help you find a way to combat anxiety without abusing drugs and alcohol. It also gives you the tools you need to take to achieve sober living.

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