Are you or a loved one living with anxiety? Anxiety can have a severely negative and often harmful impact on your quality of life and on those around you. Unfortunately, if left untreated, severe anxiety can be difficult to overcome and may even get worse. Residential Anxiety Treatment Centers exist to provide intensive, supportive and systematic approaches to managing anxiety disorders. In addition, by providing a safe residential home for the individual outside of their normal residence, it can help take the burden off the caregivers of those individuals afflicted by anxiety. By encouraging yourself or your loved one to seek help at a residential treatment center, you are taking the first step to beating anxiety and regaining control of your life.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal, natural emotion to an extent. However, when it reaches debilitating levels, it can become one of the Anxiety Disorders that are classified in the DSM Manual used by the American Psychiatric Association. An example of an anxiety disorder is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and it is characterized by a pervasive, intense worry and nervousness about everyday occurrences and other matters. Most of the time, individuals with GAD worry obsessively about things like school or work performance or the health and safety of themselves or family members.
About 3-5% percent of adults in the United States suffer from GAD, which often can begin in childhood or adolescence, but in some occasions does not begin until adulthood. Anxiety also has many negative physical side effects, such as muscle tension, difficulty concentrating, irritability, restlessness, fatigue, and disturbed sleep.
Anxiety Disorders are the most common mental illnesses, and they affect approximately 40 million adults over 18 years of age that are living in the United States. Residential Anxiety Treatment Centers are helpful places for treating many types of anxiety disorders, which are listed below:
* Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
* Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
* Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
* Panic Disorder
* Social Phobia
* Specific Phobias
* Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders
In addition, Residential Anxiety Treatment Centers can help with depression and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, such as Tic Disorders, also known as Tourette’s Disorder, Health Anxiety or Hypochondriasis, Compulsive Skin Picking, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Olfactory Reference Syndrome, and Trichotillomania or Compulsive Hair Pulling.
How Do Treatment Centers Help?
Residential Anxiety Treatment Centers provide 24/7, around the clock supervision by qualified therapeutic professionals while offering intensive, effective therapy that is conducted on a daily basis. Often times, anxiety truly disables the person, and the intensity and support in Residential Anxiety Treatment Centers is required to help the person overcome his or her anxiety. This intensive, supportive setting provides the most effective treatment for anxiety, by using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with exposure and response prevention (ERP), daily support groups such as CBT building groups, goals groups, and self-directed exposure, along with meal and leisure activity breaks.