Occasional anxiety is a part of life. For example, you might feel anxious before starting a new job or when driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
But if these feelings become so intense that they interfere with your daily life, you might be struggling with an anxiety disorder.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) notes that anxiety disorders are a group of mental health conditions that each have different symptoms. Some common anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and panic disorder.
Fortunately, anxiety disorders are treatable conditions. Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital provides inpatient anxiety disorder treatment for adults age 18 and older. With professional support at our anxiety disorder treatment center, you can learn to manage your symptoms and regain control from these debilitating illnesses.
Each person’s experience is different depending on the specific anxiety disorder they are struggling with and various factors in their life. However, there are certain behaviors and symptoms that might indicate that it’s time to reach out for professional help.
The National Institute of Mental Health lists the following warning signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders:
- Constantly feels restless or on edge
- Unable to stop worrying about everyday situations
- Feels exhausted despite having slept
- Has trouble getting quality sleep
- Struggles to concentrate
- Unusually short-tempered
- Intensely afraid of being judged by others
- Sudden episodes of intense fear
- Trembling or shaking
- Shortness of breath or a choking sensation
- Racing heart
- Feels out of control
- Feels a sense of impending doom
- The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that about 40 million adults age 18 and older in the U.S. struggle with an anxiety disorder each year.
- Only 36.9% of people who are suffering from an anxiety disorder get professional treatment.
- About 6.8 million adults in the U.S. struggle with generalized anxiety disorder, while 6 million adults are impacted by panic disorder and 15 million adults have social anxiety disorder.
Living with an untreated anxiety disorder can be highly disruptive to your daily life. But the specific ways an anxiety disorder might affect you depend on various influences, such as whether you’ve sought treatment in the past, how long you’ve struggled with this condition and whether others in your family have suffered from an anxiety disorder.
Some common anxiety disorder effects include:
- Trouble getting or keeping a job
- Financial hardship or bankruptcy
- Struggles building or maintaining relationships
- Difficulty enjoying social events or situations
- Inability to fulfill caregiving duties
- Frequent doctor visits and medical bills
- Onset of other mental health conditions
- Onset of a substance use disorder
Fortunately, anxiety disorders are treatable conditions. With appropriate care at an anxiety disorder treatment place, you can get the personalized treatment you need to live the life you deserve.
If you have an anxiety disorder, it might take you much more time to complete everyday tasks, and you might feel exhausted no matter how much sleep you get.
The intense fear anxiety can cause can make it so hard to interact with others that you may feel isolated from the rest of the world.
By getting treatment for an anxiety disorder, you can develop the coping skills you need to lessen the severity of your symptoms. You’ll work with expert clinicians who will provide the compassionate support you need to function at a higher level.
The time you spend at an anxiety disorder treatment center will also give you a chance to meet others who share your struggles with an anxiety disorder. You may come to realize that you are not alone in your experiences, and the support and encouragement you receive can help you regain confidence and a sense of autonomy.
Your path to healing from an anxiety disorder is uniquely your own, which is why it is essential to find a treatment place that offers personalized care.
Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital provides inpatient treatment for adults age 18 and older who are struggling with an anxiety disorder.
Our experienced team provides acute care for those who are in a state of crisis so that they can achieve stability and start functioning at a higher level.
We monitor your progress every step of the way, providing access to 24-hour nursing care in a safe, recovery-oriented setting.
Though inpatient treatment is typically a short-term experience, your time in our care will set the groundwork for long-term healing.
When you seek treatment at Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital, we’ll work closely with you to understand how your life has been impacted by an anxiety disorder.
As part of these efforts, you’ll complete a comprehensive assessment of your medical history, the nature and severity of your symptoms and any past treatment. Based on this information, we will create a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and goals.
Depending on the results of your assessment, your treatment plan may include:
- Group therapy
- Experiential therapy
- Family sessions
- Individual therapy
- Medication management
At our treatment place, we use evidence-based treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to promote the most beneficial outcomes. Each person also receives a detailed discharge plan before transitioning out of our care so that they have the resources they need to continue their progress.
The safe, respectful environment at Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital offers an optimal space to start the healing process.
This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital.