How to Find the Best Anxiety Disorder Treatment Center

If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, you know it's more than being nervous or being a worrywart. It's a serious condition that can have serious consequences. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about 40 million Americans (18 percent) have anxiety disorders.

People with these disorders — generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder or a panic disorder — may have trouble enjoying life because they can't stop worrying, even when everything is going fine. Excessive worrying can affect your physical and mental health, your relationships, and your livelihood. You may be physically and mentally exhausted from the strain of worry and panic, as well as sleep problems.

Inpatient Treatment Can Help

Anxiety disorders may respond well to a combination of cognitive therapy, temporary prescription drugs and lifestyle changes, but when these aren't enough, an anxiety disorder treatment center offers access to a full-time comprehensive treatment program in which participants have access to medical and mental health professionals at all time. Inpatient treatment may be especially important in patients who have co-occurring disorders such as PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder or depression.

Your insurance company may cover a portion of your treatment, and the anxiety disorder treatment center may be able to help you out with a payment plan if you can't afford your portion of the cost right away. You may be expected to spend your treatment program at a residential treatment facility in your insurance plan network.

For networks in larger cities, you may have a large number of network choices, including local facilities with easy access to family and friends, as well as out-of-the-way treatment centers that offer relaxation in a setting of privacy.

Find the Right Facility for You

When selecting the best anxiety disorder treatment center, consider both your health and your comfort level. The facility must have quality individual and group therapy and highly qualified medical professionals and support staff, but it also should have a mission statement, atmosphere and therapeutic recreational activities that fit within your comfort zone. You might even find a luxury anxiety disorder treatment center that will provide excellent care while also making you feel pampered and special.

Some facilities may provide holistic treatment or a specific atmosphere, such as a focus on art, recreation or the outdoors. Dining can also be an important consideration, especially for people with special dietary needs, including allergies.

Whether anxiety disorder is handled quietly and privately at a secluded private facility or is out in the open with friends and family free to visit the center occasionally, seeking residential treatment is an important investment in life and health.

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Rating: 5 stars
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Rating: 5 stars
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Rating: 4.5 stars
Woodland Hills, CA
$15,000 - $25,000 per month;

This San Diego luxury rehab provides customized treatment by highly qualified staff and, according to one alum, “Sets the gold standard for all other treatment centers.”

Rating: 5 stars
San Diego, CA
$60,000 for 30 days, additional $10,000 for a private room

This 12-step based non-profit Tennessee facility for men offers meetings, groups and camaraderie.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Burns, TN
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Rating: 4.5 stars
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Rating: 4.5 stars
Lakewood, CO
$30-$50 per group; $50-$75 per one-on-one session.

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Rating: 4.5 stars
Byron Bay, Australia

DARA is as lush and exotic as you might expect. Their program includes airport pick-up, a full medical exam at a nearby private hospital and luxury amenities—all at surprisingly affordable prices.

Rating: 4 stars
Koh Chang, Thailand
$6,995 for 4 weeks.

Highly rated by their teen clients and their families, Paradigm Malibu offers programs for a really wide range of adolescent disorders including: depression, anxiety, personality disorders, substance abuse, behavioral addictions, and eating disorders.

Rating: 4.5 stars
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$49,000 flat rate