Anxiety Treatment At Front Range Treatment Center
Do you find it hard to control your worrying? Do you often feel tense, on edge, or irritable? Do you have panic attacks, or avoid certain situations out of fear?
Anxiety disorders can be very unpleasant, but they also tend to be very responsive to treatment. The most common anxiety disorders include:
Generalized Anxiety: Often feeling uneasy, worried, or easily overwhelmed.
Panic Disorder: Having occasional or frequent panic attacks, often accompanied by agoraphobia (fear of crowds, leaving home, or new situations).
Phobias: Fear of a specific item or situation.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Obsessions (unwanted thoughts) accompanied by compulsions (repetitive activities).
At Front Range Treatment Center, we only use the anxiety treatments shown by research to be the most effective. Many persons see a substantial reduction in symptoms and distress in just a few sessions. Our clinicians are experienced in working with anxiety disorders. We only use techniques backed by research, which means you are more likely to get the results you hope for.
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CBT is a family of therapies with the basic underlying premise that thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are all inter-related. By changing one, you affect the others. CBT is used to treat general anxiety, worry, and panic attacks. Clients are challenged to respond to change their thoughts and behaviors in a systematic, structured way. The result is lower anxiety.
The word transdiagnostic simply means "across different diagnoses." It refers to treatments that are used for multiple different problems, and not narrowly tailored for specific problems. A transdiagnostic approach may be well suited for persons who have anxiety with elements of other disorders as well, such as depression.
Exposure therapies involve exposing clients to anxiety provoking situations in a structured way. They are used to treat phobias and panic attacks. Most people avoid things they are afraid of, but this keeps them from learning that what they are afraid of is not dangerous. By facing our fears in a safe and controlled environment, our thoughts and emotions begin to change, and the fear disappears. For example, a client with a specific phobia of dogs may first be asked to think about dogs, then look at pictures of dogs, and finally touch a dog. Over time, the client learns not to fear all dogs.
ERP is used to treat clients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Persons with OCD have distressing thoughts that they want to avoid (obsessions). They often engage in repetitive behaviors in order to address those distressing thoughts (compulsions). In Exposure and Response Prevention, clients are asked to confront their obsession, without engaging in their compulsion. This is done in a systematic and gradual way so it is not too distressing. A client with an obsession about cleanliness may think about be asked to think about something unclean, for example. Later, they may be asked to put their hands into something unclean and not wash their hands. All emotion eventually decreases, so the distress decreases as well. When the client does not experience their fear outcome (such as getting sick from germs), the need to engage in the compulsion decreases as well.
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Generalized Anxiety Disorder
The main symptom of GAD is excessive worry or anxiety for several months. Common symptoms include restlessness, tiring easily, problems concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, and problems with sleep. CBT is an effective treatment for general anxiety and worry.
During a panic attack, people may experience any of the following: intense fear, racing heart, sweating, shaking, difficulty breathing. chest pain, numbness or tingling, chills, feelings of unreality, fear of going crazy or dying, or fear of something else horrible happening. Panic attacks often occur out of the blue, and are quite frightening.
The main symptom of panic disorder is sudden, unexpected panic attacks. People with panic attacks often live in great fear of their next attack, and may change there behavior in an attempt to prevent them. CBT is a common panic disorder treatment.
Some people with Panic Disorder develop agoraphobia: an intense fear and avoidance of common situations such as being in open spaces, standing in line, or being alone outside the home. Some persons with severe agoraphobia never leave their home.
Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)
People with social anxiety disorder fear and avoid social situations, especially with unfamiliar people. They may avoid activities such as parties or public speaking. Often, people with social anxiety disorder intense fear of being judged by others.
The main symptom of specific phobias are intense fear and avoidance of specific objects or situations. Some common phobias include flying, heights, needles, dogs, spiders, and closed-in spaces.
People with OCD struggle with obsessions (unwanted, distressing thoughts) and compulsions (repetitive physical or mental acts). Common obsessions include thoughts related the need for cleanliness, order, safety, or morality. When related to religious issues (such is guilt and sin), this form of OCD is referred to as scrupulosity. Common obsessions include cleaning, checking, counting, touching, list making, or arranging. OCD is related to anxiety, though the newest DSM-V places OCD in its own category.
Less Common Anxiety Disorders
Separation Anxiety Disorder
Most common in children, separation anxiety disorder is characterized by fear or distress around separation from one's home or major attachment figures. It sometimes appears when children are first sent to school.
Selective mutism occurs when children are consistently unable to speak during certain situations where they are expected to. It is more than more shyness, and disorders of speech must be ruled out.
Substance or Medication-Induced Anxiety Disorder
The use, abuse, or withdrawal of alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs may induce anxiety symptoms. In addition to treatment for the anxiety symptoms, medication changes may be necessary. If illegal drugs or alcohol are implicated, treatment for addiction may be required.
Anxiety Disorder Due to Another Medical Condition
Sometimes, a person may struggle with anxiety related to a medical condition. Treatment requires addressing both the anxiety and the underlying medical condition.