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Introduction & Overview of Anxiety
Anxiety is a normal and healthy human emotion that can be characterized as a bodily reaction to stress. Anxiety includes feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical reactions such as an increase in blood pressure, increased heart rate, heavy breathing, sweating or trembling. Although anxiety on its own is a normal human emotion experienced by most at some point in life, prolonged periods of disproportionate levels of anxiety is categorized as a serious medical disorder called anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of anxiety and nervousness. Anxiety disorders tend to involve intense, excessive and persistent levels of worriedness, fear and stress about everyday situations, making it difficult to function on a day-to-day basis. When a person is suffering from anxiety disorder, the feelings of distress can be crippling and may hold back a person’s ability to function in a healthy and productive manner in their daily lives. Anxiety disorders may also involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense terror that reach a peak within a short period of time, also known as a panic attack.
Some common symptoms of anxiety disorder include:
- Prolonged feelings of nervousness
- Restlessness or tension
- Feeling a sense of impending danger
- Panic or doom
- Feelings of weakness and tiredness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Increased heart rate
- Onset of gastrointestinal problems
- Overall difficulty controlling any feelings of stress or impending worry
Although these feelings on their own can be experienced under stressful circumstances, continued lingering symptoms are categorical of anxiety disorder and often require a person to seek help.
There are also many different types of clinical anxiety disorders that one can experience that require help from an anxiety treatment facility. Some of the different types of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder and separation anxiety disorder, substance-induced anxiety disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder involves persistent and excessive anxiety and worry about everyday activities. Panic disorder involves recurrent panic attacks or episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety or fear. Phobias are categorized by major bouts of anxiety surrounding a specific object, situation or activity that is generally not harmful, but involve feelings of intense fear that a person cannot overcome. Agoraphobia is the fear of being in situations where escape may seem difficult or embarrassing including being in enclosed spaces, standing in line or being in a crowd, being outside the home alone, being in open spaces, etc. There are many different forms of anxiety that may require seeking help, especially when feelings of overwhelming, continued anxiety interfere with a person’s daily life and the ability to perform daily activities.
The causes of anxiety disorders are currently unknown, but likely involve a mix of different factors including genetics background, environmental circumstances, and/or psychological and developmental issues. Anxiety disorders may also run in families, which means that genes as well as environmental factors and stressors lead to specific anxiety disorders.
Enlight Treatment Center is an anxiety treatment center in California that offers a controlled environment for those who are suffering from any type of anxiety disorder that may be impacting a person’s ability to function properly throughout their daily lives.
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When to Get Help for Anxiety
Although anxiety is a normal and often healthy human emotion, when a person feels regularly disproportionate levels of anxiety and loses control over prolonged anxious feelings, it can become a medical disorder that requires professional care. A person who experiences any type of anxiety disorder is at an increased risk for both immediate and long-term effects, therefore it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Some negative effects for untreated anxiety disorders include:
- Lingering suicidal thoughts or behaviors
- Discord with friends or family
- Failure to make progress in school
- Failure to perform at work
- Financial instability
- Inability to maintain a career
- Medical conditions due to lack of self-care
- Substance use that can lead to addiction
- Onset or worsening of other mental health disorders
- Withdrawal or isolation and self-harm
When any of these negative conditions arise, it is time to seek help from an anxiety treatment center. When you start to feel like your anxiety/worrying/fears start to either impact your ability to function normally in daily life and/or may be linked to physical health problems, it is time to seek help for your disorder. Living with extreme levels of anxiety is not the answer and can lead to serious complications in your physical and mental well-being, and therefore requires treatment from facilities that offer services to eliminate these feelings of worry and panic, such as Enlight Treatment Center in California. Luckily, there are various treatment options that can help those suffering from these conditions and can help avoid these detriments altogether, and these are all offered at our residential anxiety treatment center.
What to Expect in a Residential Anxiety Treatment Center in California
Before treatment, our health professionals at Enlight Treatment Center will conduct a thorough diagnostic evaluation, which includes an interview and a physical examination to determine any imbalances that may be caused by a medical condition such as a thyroid problem or vitamin deficiency.
This evaluation will also explore medical and family histories as well as cultural and environmental factors that may be leading to symptoms of anxiety. Therapeutically at Enlight, we treat anxiety with short-term and immediately impactful modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, with the goal of challenging and modifying unhealthy thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors and developing coping strategies that target situations that contribute to depressive symptoms. We also promote healthy, positive socialization and exercise. Medically, clients consult with our psychiatrist, who prescribes appropriate medication if needed.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that modifies thought patterns in order to change moods and behaviors and is based on the idea that actions or feelings are the result of current distorted thoughts or beliefs, not unconscious forces from the past. CBT is a short-term approach, and other therapies may require several years to reach discovery and treatment. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a type of therapy that helps you identify irrational beliefs and negative thought patterns that may lead to emotional or behavioral issues. REBT is grounded in the belief that people generally wish to do well in life. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) places focus on a person’s present and future circumstances and goals rather than past experiences. With SFBT, a therapist will encourage those in treatment to develop a vision of the future and offers tangible means of support as they help determine skills, resources and abilities needed in order to achieve that specific vision.
We also treat anxiety with mindfulness, yoga, meditation, and psychoeducation regarding healthy lifestyle changes that promote wellbeing, including sleep hygiene and nutrition. At Enlight Treatment Center, we believe in bettering your physical and mental well-being as a whole in order to reduce feelings of anxiety and incorporate feelings of calmness, balance and routine into your daily lives. All of these different therapies are offered at our rehab for depression and anxiety in California.
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Enlight’s California Inpatient Anxiety Treatment Center
At Enlight Treatment Center, we are dedicated to making sure our clients remain successful throughout the recovery process during and after receiving treatment at our facilities. We believe in individualized treatment plans that are catered to meet the specific needs of each of our patients. We feel that truly effective treatment and care will take on a holistic presence in the lives of our clients, and we incorporate a wide range of therapeutic and meditative approaches to curing various anxiety disorders.
Treatment planning is a collaborative effort between clients and our talented & dedicated staff of trained psychologists, therapists, and doctors. Our mission is to make the treatment process as well as the outcome of the treatment positive and long-lasting. We do this by helping to build self-esteem, bring about positive reform with regards to our patients’ relationships with others, productivity performing at work, school or home, and the ability to carry out and maintain a healthy way of living.
Our anxiety disorder treatment facility in California is a place where you can feel safe to work on your state of being and build a better future for yourself. Through the help of our staff of professionals who are here to provide a structured environment, you get back to feeling like yourself. Enlight is here every step of the way, from initial diagnosis to treatments and therapy to curing your anxiety disorder and providing you with the tools you need to maintain a positive, anxiety disorder free life. If you or someone you know has been dealing with lingering symptoms of anxiety that can be categorized as an anxiety disorder, please visit us in California at Enlight Treatment Center so we can provide a comprehensive, personalized solution to help put you or your loved ones on a path toward a brighter, less stressful future. Enlight Treatment Center is here to help you overcome your anxiety disorder as we help you make necessary changes and improvements to your daily lives.
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