Anxiety Treatment in Atlanta, GA
Introduction to Anxiety
Everyone feels anxiety from time to time. Anxiety is a natural response to stressful events, situations, and circumstances. There are many situations that bring about feelings of anxiety, including new jobs, moving, the first day of school, and many others. For most people, these feelings are short-lived. Once the situation has passed, or the event is over, the emotions that result from stress also tend to resolve themselves. However, if feelings of anxiety are extreme, last for longer than six months, or interfere with your day-to-day life and functioning, you may have an anxiety disorder that could benefit from treatment at Atlanta Recovery Place.
“Ordinary anxiety” is a feeling that comes and goes. Although it is rather unpleasant, the emotions and symptoms do not interfere with your everyday life. For someone with an anxiety disorder, feelings of fear and apprehension are always with you. In some cases, the emotions you feel when you struggle with anxiety are overwhelming and debilitating. They often keep you from participating in things you enjoy. If left untreated, anxiety symptoms will continue to worsen. Anxiety disorders are the most common form of emotional disorder. They can affect anyone, at any age and at any time. Data provided by the American Psychiatric Association indicates women are more likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for anxiety disorders than men.
An Overview of Anxiety Disorders
There are many types of anxiety disorders. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth Edition) lists specific diagnostic criteria for several disorders, including various diagnoses many are familiar with. Examples include:
Someone with panic disorder experiences recurring panic attacks at unexpected and sometimes illogical times. If you struggle with a panic disorder, it is not uncommon to leave in fear of when the next panic attack will occur and how it will affect you.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD is characterized by recurring irrational thoughts that lead someone to perform specific, repeated behaviors or actions.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is characterized by feelings of anxiety following a traumatic event or experience.
Other common anxiety disorders include phobias, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, and illness anxiety disorder (formerly called hypochondria).
Anxiety, like many mental health conditions, feels different for each person. Although two people may have the same diagnoses, the symptoms and difficulties they experience due to their anxiety will be different. Rapid breathing, increased heart rate, difficulties concentrating, and trouble sleeping are all common anxiety symptoms. Other people may experience nightmares, panic attacks, and general feelings of worry and fear related to a specific person or place.
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When to Get Help for Anxiety
Suppose your anxiety symptoms last for more than six months and interfere with your ability to participate in day-to-day activities and obligations. In that case, it is essential to seek help for anxiety. Although anxiety symptoms can resolve on their own for a short time, someone with an anxiety disorder will often continually struggle with anxiety attacks and the challenges that come with them. Common symptoms of an anxiety attack include shortness of breath, sweating, fear, chills or hot flashes, and overwhelming fear.
For some, anxiety attacks are so severe they limit the ability to function, communicate or even leave the house. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for symptoms of anxiety attacks to worsen over time without treatment. If your anxiety symptoms are increasing in severity or you notice frequent or worsening symptoms of an anxiety attack, it is time to seek help for your anxiety at our outpatient rehab in Atlanta. Our caring and compassionate treatment team will work with you to design a treatment plan specific to your unique needs and goals.
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What to Expect in an Anxiety Treatment Center in Atlanta
Anxiety disorders are challenging. However, they respond very well to therapy. The specific treatment and treatment approach that works best for each person will depend on the type of anxiety disorder and the severity of your symptoms. Generally, most anxiety disorders are treated with a combination of therapy and medication. The most common type of therapy is psychotherapy or talk therapy. There are various types of talk therapy. The two most used to treat anxiety disorders are cognitive-behavioral therapy and exposure therapy. Both cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy are behavioral therapies.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy encourages you to identify and challenge the negative thoughts and beliefs that fuel your anxiety symptoms. Exposure therapy encourages participants to confront their fears and anxiety triggers in a safe, controlled setting. Exposure is gradual (either in reality or in your imagination), which allows participants to gain a greater sense of control over triggering situations, experiences, or events. As treatment progresses and you face your fears without experiencing harm, anxiety surrounding triggers will subside.
If your anxiety is severe enough to interfere with your ability to function while in therapy (and beyond), medications may help relieve some of your symptoms. However, anxiety medications are not meant to be permanent solutions as they can be habit-forming, and long-term use can result in various side effects. Medications often used to treat anxiety include antidepressants and sedatives. These work to balance brain chemistry, prevent anxiety episodes and reduce the intensity and severity of the most severe symptoms of the disorder.
ARP's Anxiety Treatment in Atlanta, GA Can Help You
Anxiety disorders can be treated by medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. Some people experience symptoms of a mild anxiety disorder, yet others struggle with severely overwhelming and often debilitating symptoms. Regardless of the diagnosis (or “type” of disorder), anxiety disorders are easily treated-even in the most severe cases. With treatment at our intensive outpatient program in Atlanta, you can learn how to cope with and manage your anxiety symptoms in a safe and supported setting. Our skilled staff at our anxiety treatment center in Georgia understands how anxiety can lead to overwhelming fear and isolation. Let our team help you start your recovery journey today. Reach out to our admissions team today to learn more about anxiety treatment in Atlanta, GA, at our drug rehab in Georgia.