It is normal to feel anxious in our daily lives. A feeling of uncertainty, unease, and worry comes with our routines and the things we all have to deal with. When anxiety begins to take over the totality of our state of mind, this is when it becomes a more significant problem. Dealing with anxiety on your own may result in self-medication to relieve symptoms. This could quickly escalate to a substance abuse or co-occurring disorder known as a dual diagnosis.
Dealing with both anxiety and a substance abuse disorder simultaneously is no easy task to take on. It can become very overwhelming and get out of control very quickly. To learn more information on getting the needed help for Dual-Diagnosis, check out our page here.
What Is Anxiety?
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure.
People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness, or a rapid heartbeat.
Anxiety is not the same as fear, but it's often used interchangeably. Anxiety is considered a future-oriented, long-acting response broadly focused on diffusing a threat. In contrast, fear is an appropriate, present-oriented, and short-lived response to an identifiable and specific threat.
According to Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD., APA's chief executive officer, "The coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavy emotional toll on many Americans." The APA surveyed over 1,000 psychologists, and 30% said they now see more patients than usual. Over 70% of the patients seeking treatment are for anxiety-related issues.
Read the full study article here.
Five Major Types of Anxiety
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry, and tension, even when there is little or nothing to provoke it.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts and/or repetitive behaviors. Repetitive behaviors such as hand washing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed to prevent obsessive thoughts or make them go away. Performing these so-called "rituals" provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases their anxiety.
Panic Disorder Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or abdominal distress.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events triggering PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, or military combat.
Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder) Social Phobia, or Social Anxiety Disorder, is an anxiety disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. Social phobia can be limited to only one type of situation - such as a fear of speaking in formal or informal situations or eating or drinking in front of others - or, in its most severe form, may be so broad that a person experiences symptoms almost anytime they are around other people.
(information provided by the National Institute of Mental Health)
What Are The Symptoms Of Anxiety?
Anxiety is the most common mental health illness affecting Americans today. Here are some of the most common mental and physical symptoms of anxiety.
Feeling edgy and/or restless
Shortness of breath
Getting easily fatigued
People with anxiety often have thought patterns such as:
Believing the worst will happen
Overgeneralizing or making overall assumptions based on a single event.
Perhaps what you’ll notice most are your loved one’s behaviors. Common anxiety behaviors include:
Avoidance of feared situations or events
Irritability and frustration in feared situations
Compulsive actions such as washing your hands over and over.
(information provided by HopkinMedicine.org)
What Are The Treatment Options Available For Anxiety In An Inpatient Treatment Center?
If your anxiety and addiction have taken over your life, it is time for you to seek help. It is never easy asking for help, but we are here to help you along that path.
Dual-Diagnosis Treatment (Inpatient)
Substance abuse and mental health concerns often go hand-in-hand. Getting help for your mental health and your substance abuse disorder or addiction simultaneously is critical. A dual-diagnosis treatment program is important because it will allow you to take on both of these issues head-on. A treatment plan will be created just for you and your specific situation.
LA Valley Recovery helps patients identify the cause of their addiction and treat any related mental illnesses, so they can recover long-term from both the substance and the mental health illness without being a barrier to success.
From psych evaluations to medication management and individualized therapies, we provide our clients with all the tools needed to effectively treat mental illness and recover from the disease of addiction. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.
What Are The Benefits Of Inpatient Treatment Centers For Anxiety?
Some of the many benefits of going to an inpatient treatment center for anxiety are; 24/7 care, individualized care plans and therapy sessions, medication management, prescriptions, and the opportunity to control your anxiety and addiction all at once.
We know this is a lot to consider and even harder to commit. Trust us; we have been in your shoes. Making that one phone call could change your life forever. Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you have questions about anxiety, co-occurring disorders, dual-diagnosis treatment, or anything related to mental health and addiction.
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