Anxiety disorders are some of the most common mental health disorders in the nation, affecting as many as 18% of the population.
While it is normal to occasionally feel anxious, persistent and long-term anxiety can take over a person’s life, making it difficult for them to do even the simplest of things, like going to the store to buy groceries. For those struggling with an anxiety disorder, our anxiety treatment center in Pompano Beach, Florida, offers the care they need to regain control over their lives.
What Are the 6 Types of Anxiety Disorders?
Anxiety is an umbrella term for several types of anxiety disorders. An anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder in which a person may respond to certain situations with fear and dread. Although it is a mental illness, anxiety can also present itself in physical symptoms.
As we previously mentioned, it is normal to experience anxiety occasionally. You may feel anxious or nervous when you have a problem at work, an upcoming interview, an exam, or a major decision to make. In some cases, anxiety can be beneficial, as it is the body's natural fight or flight response to protect it from “threats.” However, an anxiety disorder goes beyond the regular nervousness and fear you may experience from time to time in extreme situations.
There are six types of anxiety disorders:
- Agoraphobia: Agoraphobia is the fear of being in situations where escape may be difficult or embarrassing or when help might not be available in the event of a panic attack. Some agoraphobics will not leave their houses for periods lasting months and sometimes for years. The fear linked to agoraphobia is usually disproportionate to the situation itself.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Also known as GAD, this type of anxiety disorder is characterized by persistent and excessive worry that interferes with day-to-day responsibilities. This ongoing worry may be accompanied by physical symptoms like restlessness, rapid breathing, feeling on edge, and fatigue.
- Panic Disorder: This is a form of anxiety that is primarily marked by panic attacks. These are situations in which the person experiences an overwhelming combination of physical and psychological distress. Panic attacks are characterized by symptoms like palpitations, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, and others.
- Separation Anxiety Disorder: A person with a separation anxiety disorder is extremely fearful or anxious about separating from the people they are attached to. This feeling of attachment is beyond what is appropriate for the person’s age and can last up to four weeks in children and six months in adults.
- Social Anxiety Disorder: Previously called social phobia, a person with social anxiety disorder experiences anxiety and discomfort about being embarrassed, humiliated, rejected, or judged in social settings.
- Specific Phobias: A specific phobia refers to an excessive and persistent fear of a specific object, situation, or activity that is generally not harmful. People with this condition usually know their fear is excessive but are not able to overcome their symptoms on their own.
Anxiety Red Flags and Warning Signs
A mix of genetic and environmental factors can increase a person’s risk of developing an anxiety disorder. You might be at a higher risk if you have or had:
- Certain personality traits, such as shyness or feelings of discomfort with, and avoiding, unfamiliar people, situations, or places
- History of trauma either in childhood or adulthood
- Family history of anxiety or other mental health disorders
- Certain physical conditions, such as thyroid problems and heart arrhythmias
Various red flags may indicate the presence or development of an anxiety disorder. These may include:
- Avoiding a person, place, or thing due to anxiety, especially if it’s a common responsibility
- The need for constant reassurance from others
- Physical symptoms like stomach aches, headaches, dizziness, and racing heart
- The level of worry surpasses or is more excessive than the situation deserves
- Sleep problems related to anxiety
- Refusing help or feeling overwhelmed when help is provided
- Continually avoiding stressful situations
- Experiencing distress when things don’t go “right” or perfectionistic habits
- These symptoms become more severe and bleed into all areas of a person’s life
The specific signs of anxiety depend greatly on the type of disorder. While someone with a separation anxiety disorder may not feel uncomfortable in an elevator, someone with agoraphobia will likely become distressed in the same situation. If you feel as if your anxiety or that of a loved one is getting out of control, our anxiety treatment center can help.
What Our Inpatient Anxiety Treatment Center Offers
The anxiety treatment center you choose is important, as anxiety treatment centers vary in their services and available programming. The good news is that our Pompano rehabilitation center utilizes a multitude of modalities to treat various forms of anxiety, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), individual therapy, and group therapy.
Our facility also treats various types of anxiety disorders as well as mental illnesses like depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and others. Through the use of evidence-based therapy programs, our facility helps clients understand the nature of their disorders and why they experience their symptoms, as well as determine possible causes and establish effective coping strategies.
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At Banyan Pompano Detox, our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction is able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.