Everyone feels anxious from time to time, but if anxiety is impacting your daily life, you might be struggling with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is a mental health concern that involves intense and excessive worry and fear. Anxiety can make it difficult to complete everyday tasks and can affect a person’s social life, work performance and more.
Sierra at Southlake offers anxiety treatment for adults age 18 and older so that they can learn to manage their symptoms and enjoy a healthier, happier lifestyle.
Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety can look different for each person depending on the type of anxiety disorder they’re suffering from and the severity. However, there are some common anxiety signs and symptoms to watch out for, including:
- Excessive worrying
- Feeling restless
- Avoiding social situations
- Feeling on edge or agitated
- Trouble falling or staying asleep
- Muscle tension
- Trouble concentrating
- Trembling or shaking
- Excessive sweating
- Racing heart
- Feeling a loss of control
- Feeling a sense of doom
Anxiety Disorder Statistics
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the United States, affecting 40 million adults each year.
Although anxiety disorders are treatable, only 36.9% of people who are struggling with these disorders receive the treatment they need. Someone who has an untreated anxiety disorder is six times more likely to be hospitalized for a mental health disorder.
Anxiety Disorder Causes & Risk Factors
The exact cause of anxiety disorders is unknown. However, several factors may contribute to someone’s risk for developing anxiety.
Common anxiety risk factors include:
- Genetics: Having a parent who suffers from a mental health concern, especially anxiety, can increase a person’s chances of having the disorder.
- Gender: Women may be more likely than men to have an anxiety disorder.
- Past trauma: Trauma such as childhood abuse, assault and active military combat can increase a person’s risk for developing anxiety.
- Other mental health concerns: Stress, posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders and substance use disorders can increase someone’s risk for suffering from anxiety.
Effects of Anxiety Disorders
Left untreated, an anxiety disorder can greatly disrupt many aspects of a person’s life, including their everyday activities. The effects of anxiety may be different for each person depending on the severity of their symptoms and how long they have had anxiety.
Common anxiety disorder effects include:
- Trouble in school
- Difficulty maintaining employment
- Financial hardship
- Relationship problems
- Frequent doctor visits
- Problems with digestion
- Co-occurring mental health conditions
- The onset of a substance use disorder
Anxiety disorders are treatable, and with proper care, you can learn to manage your anxiety symptoms and avoid these negative effects.
Therapies Used in Anxiety Disorder Treatment
There are many different therapies available to treat anxiety. At Sierra at Southlake, we offer several anxiety treatment programs, including an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and a partial hospitalization program (PHP).
Both our IOP and PHP involve participation in therapeutic methods several times throughout the week in the form of:
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Experiential therapies
- Medication management
During therapy sessions, adults can benefit from evidence-based modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), art therapy and music therapy.
Benefits of Anxiety Disorder Treatment
Left untreated, anxiety can make daily life more challenging, causing a person to take more time and use more energy to complete tasks.
Anxiety can also hurt someone’s social life and relationships, leading to isolation. The intense fear of social interactions that often stems from an anxiety disorder can make it difficult for a person to form new relationships. Through treatment, you can learn to overcome anxiety in social situations and make more fulfilling connections.
By receiving treatment for anxiety, you can also develop the skills you need to cope with fear and adopt healthier thought patterns to make daily life more enjoyable.
Choosing the Right Anxiety Disorder Treatment Center
Sierra at Southlake might be a good fit for you if you do not need 24-hour care but can benefit from therapy sessions on a Monday-Thursday schedule that allows you to return home at the end of the day.
By choosing Sierra at Southlake as your anxiety treatment place, you are also choosing our team of compassionate experts who are here to answer any questions you might have. If our team decides that our treatment center is right for you, we will get started on your customized anxiety treatment plan.
When it comes to anxiety treatment, your care plan should address your unique concerns and goals. Our care team will collaborate with you not only on your treatment plan, but on your aftercare planning as well. We’ll make sure that you have the support and resources you need to continue your healing journey after you complete our program.