Treatment for Anxiety in Florida

Anxiety disorder is a constant or nearly constant state of arousal centered around negative expectations. It involves the whole body. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, anxiety treatment is available today.

What Anxiety Is

Anxiety is both a physical and mental state of worry and negative expectations. Multiple systems of the body are involved, which creates physically unpleasant effects. Most people experience occasional bouts of temporary anxiety. This can be helpful to survival in an emergency, and it serves the purpose of self-preservation when it occurs on a short-term basis. 

However, anxiety turns into a disorder when it persists for more than two weeks. When the worries and arousal affect your or your loved one’s ability to work, socialize, go to school or perform other essential daily activities, it’s important to seek treatment.

What Anxiety Is

Symptoms of Anxiety

The mental symptoms of anxiety include endless loops of worries. These can be concrete worries, such as thoughts about losing your job. They can also be hypothetical situations, such as, “What if my partner has a stroke?”

Anxiety also causes physical symptoms. A rapid heartbeat, sweating, and feeling of restlessness may happen during these periods of intense arousal. Some people have ringing in their ears, shortness of breath, or a sense of impending doom. Many people experience sleep and appetite changes as a result of anxiety.

Types of Anxiety

Mental health experts recognize several types of anxiety. The most common is generalized anxiety disorder. This involves anxiety around the major domains of life, such as relationships, money, health, and work. Social anxiety disorder relates to a fear of being perceived negatively by others, including friends as well as strangers. Phobias are also a type of anxiety. These relate to specific items or experiences, such as heights or giving a speech.

How Someone Develops Anxiety

Anyone can develop anxiety at any time. The capacity to imagine the future is how it’s possible. In most cases, a negative experience fuels or triggers future worries about a repeated occurrence. For example, getting into a car accident could create anxiety about driving or a phobia of leaving the house. However, your own internal dialogue can cause anxiety to develop.

Options for Anxiety Treatment

There are many anxiety treatments that can help you or your loved one manage your symptoms. People with anxiety disorders can absolutely live a happy, productive, and fulfilling life. Some people will need ongoing treatment, and others may need intermittent treatment when symptoms flare.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment for anxiety helps with the management of intense anxiety symptoms. It includes ruling out other causes for the symptoms, such as running an EKG to detect heart problems. 

Inpatient residential treatment usually lasts for a few weeks. You or your loved one will participate in multiple daily counseling and therapy sessions. If you or your loved one has a coexisting condition, such as depression, you’ll also receive treatment for it.

Outpatient Treatment

After inpatient treatment for anxiety, you or your loved one will benefit from intensive outpatient therapy. This involves long, three- to five-hour daily therapy sessions for several weeks or longer. Standard outpatient treatments can include group or individual therapy sessions for up to an hour, one or more times per week. These outpatient treatments are often combined with medication.

Therapy

Individual therapy is a common outpatient treatment for anxiety. Most people will have one session per week, for up to one hour. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy are common types. Family and group therapy are also available.

To learn more about treatment for anxiety in Florida, contact us today.

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