What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a nervous disorder where a person is in a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension. This mental health condition is often accompanied with compulsive behavior and/or panic attacks. In essence, anxiety is the body’s reaction to stressful, dangerous or unfamiliar situations that can manifest into a debilitating state for the person suffering from the mood disorder.
What causes anxiety?
Like most mood disorders anxiety can be caused by a multitude of factors. It is not a sign of weakness or personal fault. Some reasons for anxiety include chemical imbalances, long-lasting stress, family history, accompanying mental disorders, and side effects from medication or trauma. Another cause is the abuse of biological agents such as alcohol, drugs, and prescription medications.
Signs and Symptoms
- Lack of sleep or concentration
- Fear of leaving home or one’s comfort zone
- Excessive or irrational feelings of panic
- Muscle tension
- Nausea, headache or fatigue
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Sweating, trembling or shaking
- Ritualistic behavior
- Sensations of panic and uneasiness
- Obsessive thoughts
Why get treatment?
Anxiety is treatable but if left without professional care can be debilitating to an individual. Without treatment, those diagnosed can lead a very unconventional life plagued by uneasiness. There are a variety of options for treating anxiety which can help especially those who have chosen substance abuse as their coping mechanism.
Forms of Treatment
Aromatherapy is an old form of medicine that has been around for centuries but has been a great help to those suffering from nervous disorders like anxiety. The use of essential oils helps to improve mood levels, reduce stress and can even lessen withdrawal symptoms.
SFBT is a goal oriented approach to help clients set and develop strategies to reach their goals. Therapists tend to focus on the clients’ goal and the steps necessary to complete them.
The Cove offers a comprehensive array of specialized treatment programs for people struggling with drug addiction as well as co-occurring mental health disorders like anxiety. Contact us to learn more about our renowned program and how we can help you or your loved one start the journey toward lasting recovery.