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Anxiety disorders can take over your life, making every day feel almost impossible to get through. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, there is help you can turn to. At We Level Up, we offer anxiety treatment programs to help you overcome this debilitating condition.

What Are Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety disorders are a very common mental health condition. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 31.1% of Americans have suffered from some kind of anxiety disorder.

Everyone experiences anxiety because it is one of the body’s natural responses to stress, but people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive, and persistent worries about everyday situations. These feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with daily activities and are difficult to control. They are also out of proportion to the actual degree of danger, and they last long after exposure to the trigger. In many cases, these symptoms lead people to avoid situations or people that might trigger anxiety. Symptoms may start during childhood or the teen years and continue into adulthood.

Anxiety activates the stress response, also known as the fight, flight, or freeze response. This survival reaction immediately stimulates the body into emergency action, putting stress on the body.

Some of the most common symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:

  • Feeling nervous or tense
  • Feeling a sense of impending danger
  • Trembling
  • Feeling weak
  • Having difficulty controlling worry
  • Having the urge to avoid triggers
  • Sleep difficulties, such as problems in falling or staying asleep
  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Sweating
  • Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems

Many risk factors can affect whether you develop an anxiety disorder. A mixture of genetic and environmental factors makes some people more prone to these conditions.

People with certain personality traits, like shyness or feeling uncomfortable in new situations, have higher rates of anxiety. Those who have gone through traumatic situations in early childhood or early adulthood also have higher risks of developing an anxiety disorder, as are those who have close relatives with similar conditions. Heart arrhythmias or thyroid issues can also make people more prone to developing anxiety.

Ongoing stressful events can also lead to an anxiety disorder. These triggers include:

  • Work stress or job change
  • Change in living arrangements
  • Pregnancy and giving birth
  • Family and relationship problems
  • Major emotional shock following a stressful or traumatic event
  • Verbal, sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or trauma
  • Death or loss of a loved one

While some people may experience anxiety on their own, others may experience considerable anxiety or other mental health conditions. Depression and anxiety conditions often occur together.

Anxiety disorders differ from short-term feelings of anxiety in their severity and in how long they last: The anxiety typically persists for months and negatively affects mood and functioning. Some anxiety disorders, such as agoraphobia (the fear of public or open spaces), may cause the person to avoid enjoyable activities or make it difficult to keep a job.

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Types of Anxiety Disorders

There are lots of different types of anxiety disorders, each one with its own unique challenges.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder is a condition in which you feel excessive and persistent anxiety and worries about events or activities. The symptoms can be triggered by routine tasks, and the associated anxiety is out of proportion to the situation and difficult to control. It can lead to physical symptoms.

Most people who have a generalized anxiety disorder also have another anxiety disorder, such as panic disorder or social anxiety disorder. This condition can often co-occur with depression.

Agoraphobia is a condition in which you fear being in situations where escaping may be difficult or embarrassing. Someone with agoraphobia can experience fear when using public transportation, being in enclosed spaces, being in open spaces, standing in line, being part of a crowd, and being outside the home on their own.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Someone who suffers from social anxiety disorder experiences intense fear of social situations. You may be afraid of suffering embarrassment, rejection, or humiliation in social situations. Some of the most common types of social anxiety disorder involve the fear of speaking in public, eating in public, or meeting new people.

Separation Anxiety Disorder

Separation anxiety disorder involves having excessive fear about separation from people you have an attachment to. It interferes with regular life. This condition can begin in childhood and continue into adulthood.

Phobias

Phobias are conditions in which you have an excessive fear of a specific object or situation. People with phobias avoid the causes of their anxiety and can have powerful reactions to them. For many people, phobias can lead to panic attacks. A therapist might use exposure therapy to help someone with a severe phobia learn to manage their condition.

Substance-Induced Anxiety Disorder

Substance-induced anxiety disorder occurs in people who have symptoms of extreme fear that come as a result of taking medications, misusing drugs, or being exposed to a toxic substance. In some cases, the anxiety symptoms go away when the substance is no longer used. Other cases may require psychological counseling to relieve symptoms.

Complications of Anxiety Disorders

Not getting treatment for an anxiety disorder can result in serious complications, like:

  • Problems functioning at school or work
  • Suicide
  • Headaches and chronic pain
  • Social isolation
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Digestive or bowel problems
  • Depression or other mental health disorders
  • Poor quality of life
  • Substance misuse
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Those with an anxiety disorder are more likely to develop a substance use disorder. This is because many people rely on drugs or alcohol to manage the symptoms of their psychological distress.

In many cases, traumatic experiences can result in a mental health disorder and substance abuse. Dual diagnosis rehabilitation treats both of these issues together. The best approach for the treatment of dual diagnosis is an integrated system. This strategy treats both the substance abuse problem and the mental disorder simultaneously. Regardless of which diagnosis (mental health or substance abuse problem) came first, long-term recovery will depend largely on the treatment for both disorders.

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Anxiety Disorder Treatment Programs

At We Level Up, we offer anxiety treatment plans to help you overcome the challenges you face. We understand how difficult it is to ask for help, and we are here to offer the support you need in our safe treatment facilities.

We offer inpatient anxiety disorder treatment plans that allow you to leave your regular environment behind and focus solely on treatment.

Anxiety treatments will consist of psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, and medication.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the most effective treatment options for anxiety disorders as well as other mental disorders. It is a talk therapy method that teaches you how your thoughts can impact your feelings and actions. By recognizing negative thoughts, you can change how you react to triggers.

We also offer various other types of therapeutic options, including motivational interviewing, which can help you find the motivation you need to recover. Dialectical behavior therapy is another excellent treatment we offer at We Level Up. It can help you regulate your emotions in a healthier manner.

At our anxiety disorder treatment facilities, we also offer group therapy, support groups, and family therapy sessions. Anxiety disorders can isolate you, making the symptoms of the disorder worse. By allowing you to meet other people who struggle with similar conditions, you can see you are not alone.

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If you struggle with anxiety disorders, you can get the help you need. We Level Up offers effective anxiety treatment programs to help you understand the cause of your stress and anxiety so that you can successfully overcome it.

At our safe and comfortable facilities, you can participate in behavioral therapies while addressing co-occurring conditions and learning long-term strategies for success.You do not have to struggle with an anxiety disorder on your own. Contact We Level Up today to learn more about our anxiety treatment plans.

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Sources:

[1] NIH – https://medlineplus.gov/anxiety.html

[2] WHO – https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression

[3] NCBI – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1295099/

[4] NCBI – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3860396/