Treatment for Anxiety Disorders at Pasadena Villa Outpatient Center – Raleigh

Treatment for Anxiety Disorders at Pasadena Villa Outpatient Center – Raleigh

What is an anxiety disorder?

It is natural for people to feel anxious or stressed during challenging times, when trying something new, or when there is a traumatic event. When the feelings of high anxiety and the associated symptoms persist, it is likely related to an anxiety disorder.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting over 40 million adults each year. A combination of adverse or stressful life events, personality, brain chemistry, or family history of anxiety disorders can all result in an individual developing an anxiety disorder. In addition, women are more than twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.

What are the symptoms of an anxiety disorder?

Many individuals seeking treatment for an anxiety disorder have found work or school impossible due to the symptoms such as:

  • Feelings of apprehension or dread
  • Feeling tense and jumpy
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Expecting the worst and being watchful for signs of danger
  • Pounding or racing heart and shortness of breath
  • Upset stomach
  • Sweating, tremors, and twitches
  • Headaches, fatigue, and insomnia

Anxiety disorders include several different conditions, with the most common being:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Chronic, unrealistic worry, and tension with little or no reason.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder: An intense fear or overwhelming worry about social interaction.
  • Panic Disorder: Characterized by panic attacks or unprovoked feelings of terror sometimes striking repeatedly and without warning.
  • Phobias: An intense fear of an object or situation, such as heights or flying.

How are Anxiety Disorders treated at Pasadena Villa Outpatient Center – Raleigh?

The first step in treatment is to determine the type of anxiety disorder and the effects using a comprehensive clinical assessment. At Pasadena Villa Outpatient Center, clients are assessed using both a biopsychosocial and psychiatric evaluation in addition to standardized tools or questionnaires. The clinical team of licensed independent therapists, led by our Medical Director, observe and assess individuals over time in a variety of situations to further refine the clinical picture. A recent medical exam is also important to rule out any medical reasons causing the symptoms of anxiety.

A combination of psychotherapy and medication is considered “best practice” when treating anxiety disorders. Depending on the nature of the anxiety, medication may be provided for a short or ongoing period. Our holistic approach leverages all opportunities for support and change to improve the quality of life. We design a customized treatment plan to meet the individual needs of our clients. Several of our psychotherapy groups grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) effectively increase a person’s understanding of the triggers of their anxiety and strategies to change unhelpful coping such as avoidance or excessive alcohol intake. Other groups such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Seeking Safety and Therapeutic Yoga teach new skills and methods to help break the grip of anxiety. Working together with other peers gives individuals a chance to practice their new skills and provides unique opportunities to address social anxiety. Clients graduate empowered with self-knowledge and tools to continue their recovery from mental illness.

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What is an Anxiety Disorder?

While it is normal for individuals to experience anxiety or nervousness, anxiety disorders may cause physical and emotional distress that interfere with a person’s ability to lead a normal life, and are not by any means a personal weaknesses, character flaw or the result of poor upbringing, but real illnesses with real causes.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, over 18% of all Americans are affected by anxiety. A combination of factors such as changes in the brain, environmental stressors, and genetics can be the causes. Severe or long lasting stress can change brain circuitry functionality that regulates mood. Trauma and significant events may also trigger anxiety in those who inherit the susceptibility to developing a disorder.

An individual with symptoms of an anxiety disorder is evaluated by a doctor, which includes questions about medical history and a physical exam. There are no lab tests that diagnose anxiety disorders, but a doctor may use various tests to look for physical illnesses that may be causing the symptoms. If there is no physical illness, an individual may be referred to a mental health professional to treat the disorder.

What are the Symptoms?

Anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions, such as panic disorders, phobias, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), or social anxiety disorder, and each has its own set of side effects.

  • Feelings of apprehension or dread
  • Feeling tense and jumpy
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Expecting the worst and being watchful for signs of danger
  • Pounding or racing heart and shortness of breath
  • Upset stomach
  • Sweating, tremors, and twitches
  • Headaches, fatigue, and insomnia

How are Anxiety Disorders Treated?

Mental health professionals use specially designed interview and assessment tools to evaluate for anxiety disorders. Diagnosis is based on the individual’s report of intensity and duration of their symptoms and the doctor’s observation of the individual’s attitude and behavior. A doctor will decide if a specific disorder causes the symptoms and degree of dysfunction.

Since each disorder has different symptoms, the exact anxiety disorder treatment depends on the type of disorder, but the most common treatment is a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Learn more about our treatment methods.

It is common for someone to have an accompanying diagnosis such as depression or addiction. Anxiety disorders are rarely the sole diagnosis in a person’s mental health history. That’s why it is important to seek help from a trained professional who can accurately diagnose all of the accompanying conditions and prescribe the right course of treatment for you.

At Pasadena Villa, we treat you with the most advanced and effective methods available, always making sure the client’s needs are the number one priority.

Additional Reading:

Learn more about the impact of anxiety on patients and families and the Pasadena Villa treatment environment.

Read more on our blog about the symptoms and treatment of anxiety disorders.

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Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illness affecting children and adults. Anxiety disorders may develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality and life events. An estimated 40 million American adults suffer from Anxiety Disorders.

Anxiety Disorders are characterized as follows: Generalized Anxiety Disorders; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Panic Disorder; Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia); specific Phobias.

Anxiety Disorders are highly treatable with psychosocial therapies, medication, or both. Psychosocial treatments used in the treatment of anxiety disorders include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, anxiety management and relaxation therapies, and psychotherapy. Medications used to treat Anxiety Disorders include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), trycyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, beta blockers and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).

The Villa Orlando and Pasadena Villa’s Smoky Mountain Lodge are adult intensive psychiatric residential treatment centers for clients with serious mental illnesses. We also provide other individualized therapy programs, step-down residential programs, and less intensive mental health services, such as Community Residential Homes, Supportive Housing, Day Treatment Programs and Life Skills training. Pasadena Villa’s Outpatient Center in Raleigh, North Carolina offers partial hospitalization (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (PHP). If you or someone you know may need mental health services, please complete our contact form or call us at 877-845-5235 for more information.