Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric disorders and often go undiagnosed. At Miramont, we take a holistic approach to treating all forms of anxiety. Through our Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Program, adolescents (12+), adults, and senior patients can receive short-term treatment for the five major types of anxiety disorders:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder)
Anxiety disorders often occur with other anxiety or depressive disorders, as well as other somatic symptom disorders, personality disorders, and substance abuse disorders.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences from time to time. It’s a natural reaction to any number of daily stressors; challenges at work, an important exam, or a big life-changing decision can all trigger a healthy amount of anxiety. However, anxiety disorders are different and cause long-lasting effects that make it difficult for a person to lead a normal life. People who experience anxiety disorders are frequently distressed by constant and overwhelming worry or fear.
Anxiety disorders may stem from a malfunctioning part of the brain where fear and other emotions are regulated. Many studies have indicated that severe or prolonged anxiety can alter the way nerve cells transmit information from one part of the brain to another. Additionally, certain anxiety disorders can change the brain structures that control memories and emotions — making it more difficult to regulate critical systems within the body.
Anxiety disorders affect millions of people of all ages and can be inherited, caused by certain environmental factors, or both.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety disorders can manifest in many different ways. It’s important to understand that some occasional symptoms of anxiety are normal, but prolonged or severe instances of the following anxiety symptoms should be assessed and treated by a mental health professional.
Some common symptoms can include:
- Excessive worrying
- Imagining the worst-case scenarios in day-to-day activities
- Viewing non-threatening things as threatening
- Difficulty concentrating
- Shortness of breath and racing heartbeat
- Shaking and sweating
- Nausea and stomach issues, including vomiting or diarrhea
Getting Professional Help for Anxiety Symptoms
While coping strategies for anxiety can be highly effective, sometimes the worry, fear, and anxiety attacks can become too much and disrupt your daily life. When that happens, it’s important to seek professional help. If you are struggling with any type of anxiety disorder, the mental health professionals at Miramont Behavioral Health can support you on your journey to a better life.
For more information regarding treatment options for anxiety disorders, please contact us. Our trained clinicians will provide you with a comprehensive clinical assessment to best determine a course of treatment. Call us today. We are available 24/7 to help you.