More people in the United States suffer from anxiety than any other mental health condition, with approximately 40 million people experiencing some form of anxiety disorder each year. Occasional bouts of anxiety that are sparked by a stress-inducing event or situation are common to us all. A job interview, having to make a presentation or deliver a speech to a crowd, or a sudden frightening event can result in the temporary symptoms of anxiety. But when the grip of anxiety does not resolve, leading to debilitating fear or impaired functioning, feeling like your are out of your mind an anxiety disorder has likely developed.
The Different Types of Anxiety
Under the anxiety spectrum of mental health disorders there are several ways that anxiety might manifest. Among these, the most common anxiety disorders include:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is characterized by extreme worry that is out of proportion to the situation. The exaggerated and chronic worrying can result in an inability to focus or function at basic daily tasks, and physical ailments, such as headache, stomach problems, and muscle tension.
- Panic Disorder. Panic disorder features unpredictable and intense physical symptoms similar to a heart attack, such as a racing heart, shallow breathing, heart palpitations, nausea, chest pain, and dizziness. Because the attacks come on suddenly without warning, people begin to isolate themselves to avoid a panic attack, which could result in agoraphobia.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD features symptoms of anxiety in response to an irrational fear of germs or contamination, fear of angry or aggressive impulses, or an obsessive need for orderliness, cleanliness, or symmetry. In response to the fear, individuals access compulsive behaviors to help manage the anxiety that the irrational obsession induces.
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is related to the anxiety spectrum due to the intense feelings of anxiety that a past trauma provokes. An unresolved traumatic event, whether witness or experienced personally, leads to nightmares, hyper-arousal, and unwanted memories, which can cause the person to avoid any situations or people that might trigger the traumatic memories.
- Social Anxiety Disorder. Social anxiety is characterized by a deep fear of being judged and humiliated publicly, to the point that the individual avoids all types of social interaction and events. This can lead to isolation and loneliness, as well as negatively impacting career opportunities and relationships.
- Specific Phobia. Phobias pertain to the intense and exaggerated fear of a person, place, or thing. The object of fear can lead to irrational and obsessive behaviors as the individual attempts to avoid encountering or triggering the extreme fear that it provokes, leading to avoiding any potential exposure to the specific phobia.
What Causes an Anxiety Disorder?
Certain medical conditions, or the medications used to treat them, can invoke anxiety symptoms. These might include heart disease, diabetes, thyroid issues, respiratory diseases, or substance abuse. Once a medical condition is ruled out as the cause of anxiety, other factors can be considered as factors. These might include:
- Genetics. A family history of anxiety disorders increases one’s chance of also developing one.
- Trauma. Experiencing physical or sexual abuse, sudden loss of a loved one, combat stress, or a serious accident can lead to an anxiety disorder.
- Chronic Stress. Unrelenting stress caused by pressures at work, financial problems, or marital problems can contribute to anxiety disorder.
- Brain chemistry. A malfunction in stress hormone production, such as cortisol and adrenaline, can lead to symptoms of anxiety.
- Personality. Certain personality traits may predispose an individual to anxiety.
Therapy for Anxiety Disorders
Because each type of anxiety disorder will have its own features, treating the anxiety disorder will be tailored accordingly. However, treatment for anxiety disorders will typically involve a combination of three basic elements. These include:
- Psychotherapy. By utilizing psychotherapy, the individual can learn how to change the distorted internal messaging that results in the anxiety symptoms. Both individual and group therapy sessions provide opportunities to learn new thought-behavior patterns that can help manage fears that drive the anxiety.
- Medications. The doctor will prescribe antidepressants, antianxiety medication, or antipsychotic medications, or possibly a combination of them, to help adjust brain chemistry.
- Holistic therapies. Adjunctive holistic therapies enhance the effects of therapy by providing activities that help induce relaxation and reduce stress. These might include yoga classes, meditation, guided imagery, mindfulness training, Jacuzzi, and massage therapy.
Los Angeles Residential Treatment for Anxiety
Residential treatment for anxiety disorders offers individuals a structured and supportive environment where they can focus solely on their recovery journey. At Elevation Behavioral Health, our residential program for anxiety disorders is designed to provide intensive, round-the-clock care tailored to the unique needs of each individual.
Upon admission to our residential treatment program, individuals undergo a thorough assessment to evaluate their specific symptoms, triggers, and underlying factors contributing to their anxiety disorder. This assessment forms the basis of a personalized treatment plan, which may include a combination of therapies and interventions aimed at addressing the individual’s needs comprehensively.
One of the primary components of mental health treatment for anxiety disorders is therapy. Our experienced team of clinicians employs evidence-based therapeutic modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), exposure therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions to help individuals understand and manage their anxiety symptoms effectively.
In addition to individual therapy, group therapy sessions provide opportunities for individuals to connect with peers who may be facing similar challenges. Group therapy offers a supportive environment where individuals can share experiences, learn from one another, and develop valuable coping skills under the guidance of trained therapists.
Medication management is another crucial aspect of residential treatment for anxiety disorders. Our psychiatric team works closely with individuals to assess the need for medication and ensure that any prescribed medications are monitored and adjusted as needed to optimize effectiveness and minimize side effects.
Beyond therapy and medication, residential treatment at Elevation Behavioral Health encompasses a holistic approach to wellness. This may include psychoeducation on anxiety and related topics, stress management techniques, relaxation exercises, and lifestyle interventions such as nutrition counseling, exercise programs, and recreational activities.
Our residential program provides a safe and supportive living environment where individuals can practice newly acquired coping skills, receive ongoing support from staff and peers, and gradually reintegrate into daily life at their own pace.
Throughout their stay, individuals in our residential program receive continuous monitoring and support from our multidisciplinary team of clinicians, including psychiatrists, therapists, nurses, and support staff. Our goal is to provide individuals with the tools, resources, and support they need to overcome their anxiety and achieve lasting recovery.
Ultimately, residential treatment for anxiety disorders offers individuals the opportunity to step away from the stressors of daily life and immerse themselves in a therapeutic environment focused on healing and growth.
Los Angeles Anxiety Disorder Treatment at Elevation Behavioral Health
At Elevation Behavioral Health, we are committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals seeking anxiety treatment. Our dedicated team understands the complexities of anxiety disorders and the profound impact they can have on individuals’ lives. Through evidence-based interventions, personalized treatment plans, and a supportive therapeutic environment, we strive to empower individuals to overcome their anxiety and regain control over their mental well-being. With a focus on holistic healing and relapse prevention, we aim to guide our clients towards sustainable recovery and a life free from the constraints of anxiety. If you or a loved one are struggling with anxiety, we are here to help. Reach out to Elevation Behavioral Health today to take the first step towards a brighter, anxiety-free future.