What is an Anxiety Disorder?
Have you ever felt so overwhelmed, feeling like something was going to happen before it happens? Or have you ever had a fear of someone or something? If so, then you have suffered some form of anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common of the psychiatric illnesses, and it affects approximately 40 million adults and children. Anxiety is like an alarm that goes off when an individual feels stressed or threatened about something. Unfortunately, only about one-third of those individuals have received treatment for this disorder. Some of the more commonly known of these disorders are phobias, separation anxiety, panic attacks, and social anxiety. It doesn’t mean every time you experience sweating or a racing heart that you are having a panic attack. However, it is important to keep your doctor or therapist aware of when this happens, and what you were doing when it occurred.
Signs and Symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder
Because anxiety disorders are the most common of the psychiatric illnesses, many people may not feel as though the symptoms they are experiencing relates to anxiety. We have all felt a little anxious at times – maybe sitting in traffic or waiting on an evaluation from your boss. However, individuals who are suffering from an anxiety disorder will encounter these symptoms frequently and may experience more than one symptom at a given time. The most common symptoms of an anxiety attack are:
- Heart feels like it is pounding
When Should I Seek Professional Help?
With your first experience of anxiety, such as sweats or shortness of breath, you should seek the help of your medical doctor to rule out any medical issues, like asthma or thyroid problems. When your doctor feels you are medically cleared, you should speak with a therapist who is familiar with anxiety disorders. There are different types of therapy treatments for anxiety disorders. These are some of the most recommended ones:
- Cognitive-behavior therapy – this helps the individual to identify any negative thinking that may bring on the attack and then challenge the pattern
- Exposure therapy – this encourages the individual to confront the fear, and through repeated confrontations, the anxiety will diminish
- Medications – these can be prescribed if the anxiety is so serious that it interferes with your daily life. The downside to the use of medications is that they can be addictive. It’s important to consider the side effects if a decision is made to use medications.
In-patient therapy or rehabilitation is dependent upon the individual patient and is recommended in those situations where the individual is at risk of causing harm to himself or to another.
Getting treatment for anxiety at the Florida House Experience
Here at The Florida House Experience, we pride ourselves in being on the forefront of mental health care, offering cutting-edge approaches that integrate the medical, psychiatric, and clinical components of treatment, such as our Neuro-Rehabilitative Services. We firmly believe that any mental health disorder diagnosis should be quantifiable and that the recommended treatments for our patients have been proven effective.
While other treatment centers diagnose based only the description of symptoms, also known as “guess work,” we utilize a series of biometrics, based on brain imaging, genetic blood testing, and other advanced protocols to provide our patients with a full interpretation of their condition. These biometrics and diagnostic tools are used to scientifically track the progression of treatment and even predict when our patients will experience a “flare-up” with their disorder. By using state-of-the-art systems, like our qEEG-guided Neurofeedback, we are able to personalize each patients’ treatment plan to fit their specific needs. In order to satisfy the needs of each patient, we offer an 8-Tier Neuro-Rehabilitative treatment program which includes:
- Comprehensive Neuro-Psychological Testing
- Heart Rate Variability & Biosound Monitoring
- Quantitative Electroencephalography (qEEG)
- QEEG-Guided Neurofeedback Training
- Electrical Nerve Stimulation Therapy
- High Frequency Pulsed Electromagnetic Stimulation Therapy
- Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy
- Computerized Cognitive Brain Training