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Residential and Day Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

Skyland Trail is one of the best residential treatment centers for anxiety in the U.S. Approximately 22 percent of the clients in our mental health treatment program are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. In addition to an anxiety disorder, many clients have one or more co-occurring disorders (for example: anxiety and depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, anxiety and borderline personality disorder, or anxiety and substance abuse or a substance use disorder). As a top psychiatric residential treatment facility, Skyland Trail specializes in treating adults with complex mental health challenges.

What Are Anxiety Disorders?

Everyone experiences feelings and physical symptoms of stress when dealing with difficult situations or people. However, people with diagnosed anxiety disorders experience disability as a result of their response to stress. Untreated, their symptoms may often prevent them from engaging in social and family relationships, meeting job performance requirements, and participating in other daily activities.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults, or 18 percent of the population at any point in time. Anxiety disorders include: 

  • Panic disorder
  • Social anxiety
  • Generalized anxiety disorder 
  • Phobias 
Anxiety disorders frequently co-occur with depressive disorders or substance misuse, and some people are diagnosed with more than one type of anxiety disorder concurrently.

What Are The Signs & Symptoms Of Anxiety?

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It’s normal to feel anxious when facing a challenging situation, such as a job interview, a tough exam or a blind date. But if your worries and fears seem overwhelming and interfere with your daily life, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. 

There are many different types of anxiety disorders and many effective treatments and coping strategies. Once you understand your anxiety disorder, there are steps you can take to reduce your symptoms and regain control of your life.

The experience of an anxiety disorder or panic attacks may look and feel different from person to person. 

Some symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:

  • Stomach Pain including indigestion, gas and bloating, abdominal cramps and pain, and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Difficulty Breathing including a choking sensation, hyperventilation, asthma attacks and coughing fits.
  • Negative Thoughts including anticipating danger and catastrophe around every corner, frequent feelings of inadequacy or impending failure, or believing that something bad will happen if certain things aren’t done a certain way.
  • Feelings of Worry which can result in edginess and physical trembling or shaking.
  • Heart and Chest Pain
  • Low Appetite or Binge Eating
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling Detached or Unreal

Causes & Triggers of Anxiety

Anxiety disorders can be caused by the interaction of genetics and environmental triggers including stress from traumatic events, medical conditions, relationships, academic or professional performance expectations, and unhealthy lifestyles. Some examples of common triggers for anxiety include:

- Stress from a personal relationship, job, or finances

- Childhood trauma or recent traumatic event

- Side effects of a prescribed medicine

- Accompanying symptoms of a related illness like depression or borderline personality disorder

- Stress from an underlying medical condition

- Expectations for achievement at school or work

- Lack of sleep, exercise, and healthy eating

Some triggers can be changed. For example you may be able to get more sleep, treat a medical condition, or change careers. But other triggers are unavoidable. Evidence-based mental health treatment can help people with anxiety learn how to manage triggering situations without experiencing severe symptoms of anxiety.

Understanding The Impact Of Untreated Anxiety

Untreated, anxiety disorders can be disabling and prevent a person from fully participating in his or her work, school, social or family life. While anxiety may begin with someone experiencing stress in a specific situation or context, over time it can become more generalized, and lead to someone feeling overwhelmed by all aspects of his or her life and avoiding the world in general.  

These unhealthy thoughts and behaviors can lead to low self-esteem, social isolation, and even medical problems related to chronic stress. Without appropriate coping strategies, some individuals also may use alcohol or other substances to try to manage the overwhelming feelings of anxiety disorders such as a sense of impending doom and hopelessness.

Evidence-Based Treatment For Anxiety Disorders

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Without treatment, individuals experiencing anxiety may feel that their only option is to avoid situations that cause stress. Our goal in our residential treatment program for anxiety and our day treatment program is to support clients as they learn new strategies to cope with stressful situations.

We help clients construct realistic, healthy thoughts through personalized psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) groups. Our treatment team helps clients confront their fears and negative thoughts incrementally, which allows clients to gradually reframe their thoughts and behaviors while preventing the disabling responses that they typically have in stressful circumstances. Specific interventions for clients with anxiety and trauma histories are also developed as part of individuals’ recovery plans.

Learning takes place on and off campus. Clients in our residential treatment program for anxiety as well as our day treatment program for anxiety can practice navigating stressful situations in the community - like grocery shopping, eating at a restaurant or riding the bus - with support from our treatment team.

In addition to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), some clients with anxiety may benefit from groups focused on mindfulness and distress tolerance skills. These groups teach practical strategies to cope with stress in the moment. Our structured daily schedule introduces clients to a number of different strategies for handling stress and staying healthy. We pair expert, evidence-based psychiatric treatment for anxiety with holistic care, including interfaith pastoral counseling and expressive hands-on therapies.

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Managing Anxiety

"Cognitive behavioral therapy can be very effective in reducing anxiety to a manageable level," says Emily Wall, LMSW, CBT primary counselor.

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Integrated Mental And Medical Care For Anxiety Disorders

As one of the best treatment centers for anxiety, Skyland Trail offers integrated medical care to help clients address and manage any physical medical problems that may be related to their psychiatric illness. Individuals with anxiety often experience co-occurring medical problems like hypertension, elevated heart rate, or gastrointestinal problems. Clinicians with specialized expertise in our onsite primary care clinic can help clients manage their physical symptoms as part of the client's overall treatment plan.

Clients with an anxiety disorder also benefit from integrated daily wellness activities. Our staff nutritionist helps clients change what they eat and drink to improve how they feel. And our recreation therapists and fitness experts help clients adopt exercise routines to bolster their mental health, whether weight training, yoga or a daily walk in the park.

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Client Testimonial: I am Enough

"I am most proud of learning to let go of outside expectations and self-imposed pressure and to be unapologetically myself. Rather than reaching for things or people to make me feel complete, there is a layer of solid acceptance underneath all the chaos of life that makes me feel that who I am is enough."

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Learn More About Our Anxiety Treatment Program

After graduating from Skyland Trail, most clients with anxiety disorders show significant functional, social, and physical improvements with a renewed sense of hope for their futures.  Our effective interventions illustrate that confronting fears and challenges head on with a diverse set of tools to cope with resultant anxiety is the best strategy to manage anxiety disorders, and a positive way to live a happy and healthy life.

Call our admissions team today to learn more about our residential treatment program for anxiety or our day treatment program for anxiety.

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