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Anxiety, which generates fear, uneasiness and distress, is simply the body’s reaction to stressful, dangerous or unfamiliar situations. Occasional anxiety is a part of everyday life, but when it causes enough distress to come in the way of one’s ability to lead a normal life, it becomes a disorder.

Anxiety disorders are mental disorders that involve more than temporary fear or worry. Anxiety disorder can be debilitating and can keep people from sleeping, concentrating or socializing. Anxiety can prevent one from leading a normal life in school or at work and can even hamper relationships. For an individual with this disorder, anxiety does not go away, instead, it can become worse over time, if not treated early. Anxiety disorders can force individuals to avoid situations that can trigger or worsen their symptoms. However, such disorders are treatable. A comprehensive treatment for anxiety disorder includes a combination of medications and psychotherapy.

Anxiety disorder: Types

As per the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illnesses to affect both children and adults. According to the ADAA, an estimated 40 million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders. Though the disorders are treatable, only about one-third of the patients receive treatment.

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

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

It involves persistent, excessive and unrealistic worry and tension that interfere with one’s daily activities. Individuals with GAD display excessive anxiety or worry for months and face several anxiety-related symptoms. The ongoing worry and tension may be accompanied by physical symptoms like restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension and sleeping problems.   

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)

It involves overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. The worry is often based on the fear of being judged by others, or of behaving in a way that might lead to embarrassment or ridicule. Also called social phobia, it makes people extremely anxious around others and makes it difficult for them to talk or interact.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

It is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder. An individual with OCD has uncontrollable, recurring thoughts and behaviors that he or she feels the urge to repeat. Such individuals may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions or both that can interfere with almost all the aspects of life. Individuals with OCD experience uncontrollable, distressing thoughts about certain things that can lead to compulsive behaviors performed as an attempt to alleviate worry or anxiety. 

Panic Disorder

Characterized by recurrent and unexpected panic attacks within a period of time, individuals with panic disorder have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning. Panic attacks can be defined as short episodes of intense fear often accompanied by serious physical symptoms and uncontrollable feelings of dread and doom. Symptoms of a panic attack may include chest pain, trembling, palpitations, sweating and feeling of choking. 

Specific phobias

Individuals with specific phobias have excessive and persistent fear of a specific object, situation or activity. The fear can cause distress and can force people to go to extreme lengths to avoid common everyday situations.

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Anxiety disorder: Causes and symptoms

Similar to other mental illnesses, anxiety disorders are not a sign of weakness and can develop due to a combination of various factors, including brain chemistry, problems in the functioning of brain circuits that regulate fear and other emotions, genetics, environment and life events. Some of the causes of anxiety disorders include:

  • long-lasting stress
  • behavioral inhibition in childhood
  • other mental health disorders
  • environmental factors like trauma or significant event
  • hereditary mental health issues
  • abuse of substances like drug, alcohol or prescription medication

Each type of anxiety disorder has its own set of signs and symptoms, but they are centered on excessive fear or dread. Some of the general symptoms of anxiety disorder are:

  • feelings of panic, fear and uneasiness
  • trouble concentrating
  • trembling or shaking
  • shortness of breath
  • obsessive thoughts
  • heart palpitations
  • rapid breathing
  • muscle tension
  • sleep problems
  • headaches
  • dry mouth
  • irritability
  • dizziness
  • sweating
  • nausea
  • fatigue
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Anxiety disorder: Diagnosis

An effective treatment for anxiety disorder requires timely diagnosis. While there are no specific lab tests to diagnose anxiety disorders, a doctor may conduct various examinations to identify various causes, including other medical illness, responsible for the symptoms. A doctor might begin the evaluation by asking questions about the patient’s medical history. To diagnose anxiety disorders, a complete physical examination is essential.

A physical examination helps identify other illnesses contributing to the symptoms or rule out symptoms that mimic those of anxiety disorders. During a physical examination, if no other medical illness comes to the fore, an individual may be referred to a mental health professional who may use specially designed interview and assessment tools to evaluate a person for an anxiety disorder. After the timely diagnosis, a mental health professional usually plans out the best line of treatment for the patient.

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Treatment with Sovereign Health

For an individual with anxiety disorders, fear and worry are constant and overwhelming. However, with timely diagnosis and comprehensive treatment, affected individuals can manage the feelings to lead a normal and productive life. A comprehensive treatment for anxiety disorders involves a holistic combination of medications and psychotherapy or both.

Medications

Medications, prescribed by a medical healthcare professional, do not cure anxiety disorders, but it often helps relieve symptoms of the disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the most common classes of medications used to combat anxiety disorders include anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants and beta-blockers. However, care must be taken while choosing the right medication, its dosage and treatment plan. 

Psychotherapy

When used along with medications, psychotherapy or talk therapy can help increase the efficacy of medicines. It is a type of counseling that helps address a patient’s emotional response to mental illnesses. Some of the common psychotherapies include individual and group therapies, stress-management techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), including cognitive therapy and exposure therapy. 

  • Individual and group therapies: An individual therapy session involves engaging a patient in a self-reflective process on his or her emotions and behaviors. This therapy focuses on development of a one-to-one relationship with the therapist. Group therapy rests on the dynamic interaction among group members. Group therapy helps participants understand and clarify issues related to their future and learn from others’ feedback.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: CBT helps identify and change the way of thinking by focusing on one’s thoughts, images and beliefs. Social anxiety disorder treatment uses two stand-alone components of CBT – cognitive therapy and exposure therapy. Cognitive therapy helps people make sense of their bad memories. Exposure therapy, which is used along with relaxation exercises and/or imagery, helps people confront and control their fear. 

Sovereign Health offerings

At Sovereign Health, we offer evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders. In addition to CBT, our treatment plans combine individual and group psychotherapies with experiential therapies like yoga, meditation, equine therapy, art therapy and eTherapy.

Following are the therapies offered at Sovereign Health:

Experiential Therapy: Helpful in recovery from mental or substance use disorders, experiential therapy aims to address hidden or subconscious problems through activities like role-playing, guided imagery, use of props and a range of other active experiences. Examples of experiential therapy include recreation therapy, equine therapy, arts therapy, music therapy, and many others.

  • Meditation and yoga: One of our experiential therapies, yoga and meditation help deal with mental illness or substance use disorders. At Sovereign Health, we also offer mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy.
  • Expressive arts therapy: This therapy can help people overcome trauma. Expressive arts therapy integrates a wide range of arts modalities to develop and heal a person. It consists of visual arts, movement, drama, music and poetry and allows patients to express their thoughts nonverbally and communicate more authentically.
  • Equine therapy: A form of experiential therapy, equine therapy helps in improving self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, communication skills, self-control, focus and concentration among patients with anxiety disorders. The therapy involves interaction between patients and horses.
  • Rock to Recovery: Based on music therapy, the rock to recovery program allows patients to get in touch with their artistic side and express themselves through singing, playing an instrument or dancing. The program offered at Sovereign Health helps treat a mental disorder or an addiction.

Neurofeedback: Also called neurotherapy or neurobiofeedback, neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that uses real-time displays of brain activity to teach self-regulation of brain function. It involves retraining the brain to react differently to stimuli brought on by the environment, thereby, teaching it to function more effectively.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: EMDR therapy is a new psychotherapy method helpful for people suffering from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, PTSD and many other emotional problems. It helps patients replace their anxiety and fear with positive images, emotions and thoughts. It processes traumatic memories and adverse life experiences, empowering the patient to live an emotionally stable and healthy life.

Cognitive Remediation: Cognitive remediation helps improve cognitive function in people with severe mental disorders. The remediation technique, offered at Sovereign Health, helps patients improve social functioning.

eTherapy: For those seeking freedom and flexibility in managed care, Sovereign Health offers eTherapy, a telehealth video conferencing service. It connects patients with a licensed clinician in a safe and secure environment. Helpful in making continuing care easy, eTherapy helps a patient stay in contact with caregivers. Those who are less comfortable in a traditional one-on-one session at a therapist’s office or those who are just out of a care-intensive world of treatment can use eTherapy to rebuild their lives. 

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Sovereign Health aims at providing evidence-based treatment for each patient depending on his or her needs. To eliminate any stress during the admission process, we make sure that our treatment programs have as many financial options available to patients as possible. At Sovereign Health, we have streamlined the insurance process and accept most major health insurance plans, including Anthem, BlueCross, BlueShield, Humana, Aetna, Cigna and many more.

At Sovereign health, we offer customized therapies to treat anxiety disorders and avoid any relapse. To know more about various programs for anxiety disorders at Sovereign Health, call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-698-4295. You can also chat online with our representatives to know about our finest anxiety treatment centers near you.


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