Anxiety Disorder Treatment Center
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Everyone feels anxious at times. An anxiety disorder, however, can control your life. Panic attacks, social anxiety, generalized anxiety and other anxiety diseases can make you feel frightened and alone.
Anxiety disorder treatment centers in Florida include JourneyPure Emerald Coast. Located in Panama City Beach, Florida, JourneyPure Emerald Coast offers a personalized set of services to help you understand and live with your anxiety disorders. Call us today at 844-311-1920 for help.
Facts About Anxiety Disorders
If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, you’re not alone. They’re the most common psychological disorder today. Approximately 40 million people, or 18 percent of the population, suffer from some form of anxiety disorder.
It’s common to feel anxious before a stressful event. Anxiety disorder is different than feeling nervous before a test or acting in a school play. It’s a prolonged, anxious state that doesn’t go away, even when you’re relaxed. It can come on suddenly, such as a panic attack, which can feel as if you’re having a heart attack or going crazy. Or it can be triggered by specific circumstances, such as phobias or social situations.
Some people even suffer from generalized anxiety. They feel anxious all the time, no matter what’s going on in their lives. Others suffer from the most extreme form of anxiety disorder of all, obsessive-compulsive disorder. For people suffering from OCD, only specific rituals ease the anxiety they feel about things being out of order.
Anxiety disorders are common, but they’re also mysterious. Although doctors and scientists don’t know exactly what causes them, they do know that genetics, personality and life events can trigger them. If someone in your family has an anxiety disorder, you’re more likely to have one, too.
They also know that having an anxiety disorder earlier in life can make you more likely to develop either depression, substance abuse or both. The same areas of the brain affected by depression are also linked to anxiety disorders. Disruptions in the neurotransmitters seem to be at the root of genetic and biological factors that contribute to depression and anxiety disorders.
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorders are diagnosed after you experience symptoms without a clear link to life circumstances. Some symptoms include:
- Feelings of panic and extreme fear
- Upset stomach
- Racing heart and heart palpitations
- Sweating or trembling
- Dry mouth
- Muscle tension
- Cold, clammy hands
- Inability to sit still or feel calm
- Sleep disturbances
People with anxiety disorders may be so afraid of another attack that they stay at home or start to withdraw from favorite activities. If they link specific people, places or things to an anxiety attack or anxious feelings, they may start to avoid them. Phobias can develop. Depression can also develop if someone with anxiety disorders isolates to avoid feeling anxious all the time.
Anxiety Disorders and Substance Abuse
About 20 percent of people with anxiety or mood disorders also abuse substances such as drugs or alcohol. Having both an anxiety disorder and substance abuse is called a dual diagnosis.
Many people turn to drugs or alcohol to feel less anxious. Alcohol, for example, makes people feel less inhibited. If someone suffers from social anxiety — a crippling feeling of anxiety when attending social functions — they may start drinking to compensate. Over time, this can cause addiction as they need more amounts of alcohol to cope with both social events and other activities that produce anxiety.
Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
There are many effective treatments for anxiety disorders. Therapy, especially cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), has been very effective at helping people manage anxiety disorders. CBT helps people reframe their thinking. When people change long-held thinking patterns and assumptions, they can identify and reprogram thinking that leads to anxious feelings.
Various medications, especially selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can also successfully treat anxiety. Unlike short-acting tranquilizers, which can ease symptoms temporarily, SSRIs help rebalance brain chemicals that lead to anxiety. Other medications affect serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine to treat any potential biological factors leading to anxiety.
Anxiety Treatment in Panama City Beach, Florida
Anxiety treatment in Panama City Beach, Florida is available from JourneyPure Emerald Coast. We have experience helping people with anxiety disorders or anxiety disorders and substance abuse (dual diagnosis) feel better.
The peaceful setting here in Panama City Beach, Florida helps you relax, while a team of licensed therapists and counselors creates a personalized program just for you. Your program of recovery and treatment may include individual and group therapy, experiential therapy and plenty of healthy food and exercise.
Wouldn’t it be great to feel healthy again — to relax and not feel as if your world is coming apart when nothing is wrong? You can. Recovery from anxiety disorders begins at JourneyPure Emerald Coast. Call us today at 844-311-1920.