Anxiety disorders turn everyday routines into stress-filled challenges. They interfere with relationships, career ambitions and the enjoyment of hobbies and other activities that most people take for granted.
The behavior of those who suffer from anxiety disorders may seem irrational to others, and even loved ones might have a hard time understanding what’s going on. But anxiety disorders are diagnosable mental health conditions that impact every area of life for those who are affected.
At Elements Behavioral Health we understand the debilitating effects of anxiety disorders, which is why we offer comprehensive mental health treatment services for those battling these life-altering illnesses.
Our mental health centers help men and women overcome the effects of anxiety disorders. In addition, we offer integrated dual diagnosis rehab programs for anxiety disorder sufferers with co-occurring drug and alcohol addictions.
Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness, affecting up to 20 percent of adult Americans. Many will experience their first symptoms in childhood or adolescence, and if left untreated these disorders can impact the rest of their lives.
The list of recognized and diagnosable anxiety disorders includes:
Anxiety disorders commonly manifest before or concurrently with bouts of major depression. Mental health programs aimed at anxiety disorders often include elements designed to address depression as well, since both are highly disabling and each can reinforce the other.
Despite differences in severity and/or frequency, all anxiety disorders cause similar types of symptoms.
The most common indicators of anxiety disorder include:
While these symptoms most often manifest in response to a certain stimulus, in some cases they may be experienced at random moments or develop into chronic daily problems. As a result, anxiety disorder sufferers often go from doctor to doctor seeking a diagnosis for what they believe to be a physical illness or condition. But anxiety is the real culprit, and until they get help for their anxiety disorder their pain and distress will continue.
In the minds and bodies of anxiety disorder sufferers, stress responses are heightened and easily triggered by experiences that most people would find non-threatening.
Anxiety disorder symptoms tend to mimic the “fight or flight” response that helps protect us from dangerous situations. Genetics, home environment, repeated exposure to stress and emotional trauma in childhood (or sometimes in adulthood) are some of the factors that likely play a role in the development of anxiety disorders. But the cause-and-effect relationships behind anxiety disorders are still mysterious and open to speculation. Much more study is needed to pin them down with precision.
While the symptoms of anxiety disorders can be overwhelming, effective treatment options are available. These include:
Elements Behavioral Health treatment centers specialize in treating anxiety disorders. Our experienced mental health professionals use evidence-based therapies as well as innovative alternative approaches to help clients manage their anxiety in healthy ways. If you’re suffering from an anxiety disorder, we can help you recover and get your life back on track.
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