Anxiety is experienced by everyone, and is actually a necessity sometimes as it can provide a red flag in potentially bad situations. However, some people may find their anxiety impossible to control, letting fear and tension affect their ability to function in everyday situations. This is when a healthy amount of anxiety becomes an anxiety disorder.
There are several types of anxiety disorders, including social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. About 18 percent of adults in the U.S. are affected by an anxiety disorder, but only about one-third of those affected ever seek treatment. Anxiety can be treatment using a variety of treatment modalities and programs. We offer women’s anxiety residential treatment, outpatient treatment, and day treatment.
The cause of any type of anxiety disorder is complex and often difficult to pinpoint. Usually, the disorder develops from a combination of factors ranging from the scientific (brain chemistry and genetics) to the emotional (personality and traumatic experiences). Anxiety disorders can be exacerbated by common co-existing disorders that include eating disorders, substance abuse, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), or Bipolar Disorder.
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders
Symptoms of anxiety disorders vary among the more specific types of disorders, but the common thread is an engulfing, irrational sense of dread. If you find yourself paralyzed by day-to-day living and unable to deal with challenges that seem conquerable for other people, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are characterized by their duration, with symptoms lasting six months or longer. This is not the everyday palm-sweating, heart-pounding stress that comes from an isolated stress-causing event such as a job interview or giving a speech. Symptoms of anxiety disorders persist and can make daily life a challenge.
Anxiety Disorder Treatment
Anxiety disorders are generally treated through a combination of therapy and medication. Therapies that can help treat anxiety disorders are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Whether you have an anxiety disorder on its own or in conjunction with a disorder such as BPD, you may be prescribed anti-anxiety medication to help make your symptoms manageable while you work on the mental component of your anxiety.
Because part of treating an anxiety disorder is learning how to better manage your anxiety, you may also participate in holistic therapies to treat your anxiety. These include yoga therapy and art therapy, which can help you to find a healthier outlet for your anxiety.
At Clearview Women’s Center, our staff creates an anxiety treatment plan catered to your individual situation. Our anxiety treatment center is staffed by highly qualified professionals with experience and compassion to help you make a complete recovery.
Although anxiety disorders are treatable with great success, not everyone who suffers from anxiety disorder seeks treatment. However, anxiety disorders left untreated can become worse over time. With anxiety treatment, there is a high remission and recovery rate if you follow your treatment plan.
Why Choose Clearview Women’s Center?
People are often nervous about seeking treatment for an illness that cannot be “seen from the outside.” At Clearview Women’s Center, we provide a safe, nurturing space for you to heal from your anxiety disorder. Through individual and group therapy, we will help you to find better outlets for your anxiety so that you no longer let it rule your life. Our anxiety residential treatment center is located in Los Angeles, Calif.
Q: If I am already anxious, how will I respond to therapy?
A: It is important to find a medical professional and a treatment center that treats you as an individual and is willing to take the time to make you comfortable. This will help lessen your anxiety and make you more open to treatment. Treatment is a journey and sometimes the first step is the hardest.
Q: How do I know I’m not just worried or stressed like everyone else?
A: Sadly, only about one-third of those with anxiety disorder seek treatment, probably due to this very concern. Anxiety disorders cause a chronic, often paralyzing worry. If you find your anxiety is getting in the way of everyday living, you should at least reach out for an evaluation. Your quality of life can improve.
Q: Do anxiety disorders affect both men and women?
A: Yes, though surveys show that women have a 60 percent greater chance of experiencing an anxiety disorder than men. This may be due to any number of factors ranging from women being more likely to experience a traumatic event such as sexual abuse as a child (traumatic events often being listed as a possible cause of the development of the disorder) to women being more likely to seek treatment.