Anxiety Disorders are the most common mental disorders worldwide and in the United States, Anxiety itself is a normal bodily response to stress. It can assist in motivation, alertness and can help us protect ourselves from potentially harmful or dangerous situations. Anxiety becomes a problem when it begins to hinder daily activities and functioning. People with anxiety disorders struggle with feeling a high state of panic or worry almost all the time even when there is no real threat being posed. The World Health Organization estimates that there are 40 million adults (18% of the population) in the United States that are affected by a type of anxiety disorder. It is also important to know that anxiety is a manageable and treatable disease, but due to the negative stigma around seeking treatment only 37% of those suffering with an anxiety related illness seek care.
In an effort to cope with their symptoms, individuals suffering from anxiety disorders commonly struggle with substance abuse and chemical dependency problems. The National Institute on Drug abuse states that individuals with anxiety are twice as likely to suffer from alcohol and drug addiction than the rest of the population. Knowing that anxiety is often a co occurring disorder alongside addiction; understanding the symptoms, risk factors, and treatments for anxiety can help you or a loved one escape the negative and daunting effects of living with an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety can manifest itself in different ways and is an illness recognized by the American Psychology Association (APA) with symptoms in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5). Listed below are the 7 types of anxiety disorders. The symptoms commonly seen in all diagnosed anxiety disorders include high levels of anxiety that interfere with daily activities, overreaction to emotions, and lack of control in response to stressful situations.
Individuals with GAD often feel extreme and unrealistic worry and tension even when there is nothing present to trigger those emotions. Worry and rapid thoughts occur often, and daily functioning and activities related to health, work , school and relationships become unmanageable due to copious amounts of stress and fear.
panic disorders are characterized by episodes of overwhelming and uncontrollable feelings of terror. People suffering from a panic attack can feel an overpowering sense of doom and impending death during an episode. Physical symptoms often appear during an episode such as hyperventilation, increased heart rate, dizziness, perspiration, Nausea, vomiting, chest pain, or a feeling of choking. Psychology Today estimates that 1 million people experience panic attacks annually.
Individuals experience this type of anxiety disorder after experiencing a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, domestic violence, childhood neglect and abuse, sexual assault, violent crime and military combat. Symptoms of PTSD are characterized by increased irritability and anger, flashbacks, nightmares, paranoia, and social withdrawal and isolation.
Characterized by an unreasonable or heightened fear of interacting with others and being in social situations. Fears of not being able to escape disaster when in a crowd, appearing in crowded places, participating in social activities and public speaking. People with SAD also tend to feel an overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about others judging them or being publicly embarrassed or ridiculed.
demonstrated by a debilitating fear of a particular object, citation, animal, or people. People struggling with specific phobias go out of their way to avoid their particular fear even when it negatively interferes with their ability to maintain and function successfully in everyday life, some of the most common phobias include fear of enclosed spaces(claustrophobia), fear of heights(aviophobia), and fear of people(agoraphobia).
appears in those who have had traumatic experiences with abandonment or trauma. Symptoms include feeling intense fear and nervousness when a person you are close with leaves your sight and always worrying that something bad is going to happen to the people that you love.
The persistent misuse of substances including drugs and alcohol and other medications can trigger symptoms of an anxiety disorder.
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Talk therapy can be an effective way to discuss and identify struggles and triggers associated with anxiety disorder. It can also be a safe place to discuss past trauma or events that may be a part of the cause for the persistent anxiety, talk therapy can help individuals take an all-encompassing approach to combating their symptoms while addressing underlying concerns related to emotional pain, loss, grief, and substance abuse.
Anxiety can be an extremely debilitating medical condition. When combined with the struggle of substance abuse and addiction the need for recovery services and treatment options become even more vital. Research shows that finding a dual diagnosis treatment center that supports you or your loved one in receiving all the mental health and addiction treatment they need under one roof is the recommended course of action.
Here at Warner park Recovery, we understand the pressing need for relief from both addiction and anxiety; two disorders that affect so much of our population. We take an integrative approach to treat anxiety disorders including services combining individual and group therapy sessions along with adventure therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy, life skills building and psychiatry services to effectively combat and treat individuals suffering from an anxiety diagnosis. We want you to be living the life that you want to live. Our goal is to help you meet your goals; one step at a time.
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