How to Find the Best Generalized Anxiety Disorder Treatment

Generalized anxiety disorder, like many medical disorders, is often hidden. People with chronic anxiety issues may suffer in silence, keeping their feelings of unease and panic to themselves while ostensibly functioning in their everyday lives. Regardless of whether they keep their overwhelming feelings to themselves or bring their worries up to other incessantly, the atmosphere is unhealthy. Those suffering from generalized anxiety disorder need help to have a happy, fulfilling life.

Everyone deals with worries and fears at times, but if you are feeling anxious all day for reasons you can't identify or worrying about things that are very unlikely to ever happen, you may have generalized anxiety disorder.

Worries Come From Within

This disorder is exhausting for its sufferers, both mentally and physically. It saps your energy and strength and screws up your sleep schedule. Basically, it takes over your life. The worries associated with generalized anxiety disorder are primarily from within. While you may have real issues to worry about, the excessive anxiety can be so crippling that you aren't able to actually deal with the problem you're worrying about. And that can bring more worries, exponentially pushing you further toward panic mode.

In addition to self-help activities and lifestyle changes such as meditation, breathing practices and exercise, people suffering from generalized anxiety disorder can pursue a number of options for anxiety disorder treatment, such as cognitive therapy and temporary medication. Lifestyle changes should accompany any outside treatment.

Is Residential Treatment Right for You?

For people with persistent generalized anxiety disorder that doesn't respond well to outpatient anxiety disorder treatment, or who have co-occurring disorders such as PTSD that complicate treatment, a residential treatment center may be called for. Your insurance company may cover placement in such a facility and may want you to choose a treatment center in its network. If you are paying for your own stay, you will likely have more options. In any case, the center you choose may have a payment plan to help you afford your treatment.

When choosing a residential treatment center for anxiety disorder treatment, look for elements that you feel will work best with your situation and your personality. You may feel more comfortable in a clinical setting with traditional cognitive therapies, or you may thrive in a holistic setting that focuses on meditation and alternative therapies such as equine-assisted therapy.

Regardless of the facility, it should have both individual and group therapy as well as education, regular psychiatric consultations, recreation activities, and family participation if appropriate. Make sure the facility you select has trained professionals and staff who have experience treating both physical and mental health disorders, including PTSD if applicable.

Getting anxiety disorder treatment now can give you the tools to a better life for you and the people you love.

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