Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a natural part of life.  It’s our body’s normal response to danger and stress.  However, if you’re living with an anxiety disorder, then you may understand just how difficult engaging in normal, day-to-day activities can be.  Anxiety disorders are more than just a feeling of occasional stress due to work or relationships.  For those who struggle with anxiety on a daily basis, even the simplest of tasks such as going to the store or talking to one’s friends can seem like a major feat of strength.  Whereas normal expressions of anxiety may prompt you to stay alert, focused, or take action, anxiety disorders can cause prolonged senses of overwhelming dread and fear.

What is an Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress or danger.  When you begin to feel fearful or experience feelings of dread for long periods of time without cessation, you may be developing an anxiety disorder.  These days, anxiety disorders are the most common emotional ailment that we’re seeing in patients of all ages.  Unfortunately, anxiety can present at any stage of life, from young children to the elderly.  There are a myriad of factors that can contribute to anxiety disorders like lifestyle, diet, work, relationships, or traumatic events and injuries resulting thereof.

A few common anxiety disorders include:

  • Panic disorders

  • Phobias

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

While these are common manifestations of anxiety, this isn’t an all-inclusive list.  If you feel that you or a loved one may be experiencing an anxiety disorder, we encourage you to reach out and seek help.

Symptoms of Anxiety

The symptoms of anxiety can range from the subtle to the extreme.  Not everyone experiences anxiety or anxiety disorders the same way, which is why it’s important to seek out healthcare providers that specialize in treating anxiety.

Some common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Constant worrying

  • Irritability

  • Upset stomach

  • Shortness of breath

  • Rapid heart rate

  • Tingling in your extremities

  • Feeling of dread

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Restlessness

  • Fatigue

  • Lack of focus

  • Muscle tension

  • Difficult or disruptive sleep

  • Panic attacks

  • Irrational fear

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you may be struggling with an anxiety disorder.

How is Anxiety Diagnosed and Treated?

Strategic Behavioral Health specializes in assisting people with the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of anxiety disorders.  We treat each of our patients as an individual, using methods and treatment options that work best for them.  There is no one size fits all treatment for anxiety.

Anxiety Diagnosis

When diagnosing an anxiety disorder, our providers perform a comprehensive exam and a full blood test to rule out any physical factors that may be contributing to your anxiety. Additionally, patients can expect to be asked about their current medications as well as any other pertinent details about lifestyle and environment to ensure we’re able to provide an accurate diagnosis.

Treatment for Anxiety

At Strategic Behavioral Health, we use a variety of techniques to help our patients manage their anxiety.  We treat you as a whole, not just the symptoms.  Typical treatments for anxiety usually include a combination of psychotherapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.

Our trained providers use cognitive behavioral therapy and other psychotherapy techniques to help patients recognize habits and behaviors that contribute to anxiety-based disorders.  These techniques, in conjunction with medications like antidepressants, are just a few ways that we help patients manage and overcome anxiety.

How Strategic Behavioral Health Can Help

Our mission at Strategic Behavioral Health is to assist youth, adults, and seniors who may be struggling with a behavioral health problem.  If you or a loved one is battling anxiety or other anxiety-based disorders, reach out today to begin the healing process.