Two of the most common mental health disorders are anxiety and depression. Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from anxiety disorders and depression each year. Often, anxiety and depression goes hand-in-hand with addiction. While anxiety, depression, and addiction can majorly disrupt your daily life, the good news is that there is treatment for all three at Baltimore Detox Center.
Our staff are experts at depression and anxiety treatment, along with treatment for substance or alcohol abuse. Whether you need medication, residential treatment, or one of our other treatment options, we will work with you to determine the best course of action to help you feel better both physically and mentally. First, though, it is imperative to understand what an anxiety disorder is.
What Is an Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety-related disorders are chronic conditions impacting an individual’s emotions, mood, and behaviors. Anxiety isn’t just one thing. Several different kinds of anxiety disorders can severely affect you. Anxiety disorders can include:
- Phobias – Phobias are specific unreasonable or irrational fears of something that poses little or no real danger. Phobias can be centered around a situation, an object, or an event.
- Social anxiety disorder: A social anxiety disorder is an intense, persistent fear of being watched and judged by others. While not quite paranoia, social anxiety causes people to constantly be second-guessing their actions, distrusting their motivations, and misunderstanding others’ intentions.
- Panic attack disorder: A panic attack disorder is a sudden and repeated attack of fear that lasts for several minutes or longer. Panic attacks can have severe physical symptoms like elevated heart rate and blood pressure and cause extreme discomfort and pain.
- Generalized anxiety disorder: A generalized anxiety disorder is a persistent worrying or anxiety about many areas out of proportion to the events’ impact.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders: Also known as OCD, these are unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) lead to repetitive behaviors that the individual feels have to be done (compulsions).
Anxiety disorders are especially challenging for individuals to deal with. Even if someone acknowledges their emotions or responses to situations are irrational or excessive, they can find it impossible to calm themselves. Anxiety disorders make socialization difficult, communication suffers, and judgment can be negatively affected. The anxiety treatment program at Baltimore Detox Center works in conjunction with addiction treatment to enhance your quality of life.
What Are Symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder?
There are both mental and physical symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Some of the mental symptoms of anxiety include:
- Racing thoughts
- Uncontrollable over-thinking
- Difficulties concentrating
- Feelings of dread, panic, or doom
- Heightened alertness
- Problems with sleep or changes in appetite
A few of the physical symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:
- Heavy and fast breathing
- Dry mouth
- Rapid heartbeat
- Extreme fatigue or lack of energy
If you are feeling some or all of the mental or physical symptoms of an anxiety disorder, reach out to the Baltimore Detox Center today for help.
What Are Some Treatment Options for Anxiety?
While a wide range of treatment options for anxiety exist, some of the most effective methods are:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy – Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most widely-used therapy for anxiety disorders. Research has shown it to be effective in the treatment of panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder, among many other conditions.
- Dialectical behavior therapy – Dialectical behavioral therapy trains people to identify negative thinking and replace these thoughts with optimistic thinking.
- Exposure therapy – This type of therapy forces people to confront the causes or causes of anxiety with the purpose of alleviating the anxiety.
There Is Help for Your Anxiety at Baltimore Detox Center
The excellent team at Baltimore Detox Center understands that anxiety and addiction often exist together. If you have an anxiety disorder, we would like to help you. Contact our team today by calling 833.714.1575 or completing our confidential online form.