Anxiety is the reaction of the mind and body to real or imagined threats and danger. It is a survival reaction. Often, anxiety produces physical symptoms of a rapid heartbeat, tense muscles, sweaty hands, queasy stomach, or trembling hands and legs. The flight or flight reaction to danger is the result of the rush of adrenaline in the body. Fight or flight means the mind decides whether the threat is real and how the person wants to respond. Fight the danger or run away from the situation? The symptoms of anxiety often continue long after the incident is over.
However, anxiety is treatable. At Silicon Beach Treatment Center, we offer an anxiety disorder treatment center in conjunction with our substance abuse treatment programs. To learn more about our mental health treatment options, contact Silicon Beach Treatment Center today at 213.460.1706.
The Difference Between Fear and Anxiety
With anxiety disorders, it is essential to distinguish between fear and anxiety. Fear is a natural and necessary reaction to what is considered threatening. It does not matter if the threat is real or imagined. Fear is a natural response if the individual perceives the threat to be imminent.
Anxiety, however, anticipates a future threat. A standard response to a threat produces a mild feeling of anxiety, fear, nervousness, repetitive thoughts, dread, and other uncomfortable emotions. Often it is accompanied by physical symptoms too. Many situations can produce anxiety, such as socializing, performance in school or work, dating, illness, and traumatic events. However, anxiety disorders develop when fears and worries keep you from functioning on a day-to-day basis.
What Are the Different Types of Clinical Anxiety?
The American Psychiatric Association details several types of clinical anxiety:
- Separation anxiety disorder — Separation anxiety affects children in anticipation of or at the time of separation from a caregiver.
- Selective mutism disorder — Selective mutism is a type of anxiety wherein the individual ceases to speak in anxiety-provoking situations.
- Specific phobia disorder — Specific phobia disorder refers to the type of anxiety that orients around a particular phenomenon, for example, an intense fear of elevators.
- Social anxiety disorder or social phobia — Social anxiety disorder and social phobia refer to individuals who suffer anxiety about social situations.
- Panic disorder — Panic disorder describes the condition wherein individuals suffer panic attacks.
- Agoraphobia — Agoraphobia refers to an individual’s fear of leaving one’s home or being in crowded places.
- Generalized anxiety disorder — Generalized anxiety disorder refers to a consistent experience of anxiety dispersed across several areas of functioning.
- Substance/medication-induced anxiety disorder and anxiety disorder due to another medical condition — Substance/medication-induced anxiety disorder and anxiety disorder due to another medical condition refer to the phenomenon of increased anxiety due to prescribed medication, substances, and preexisting medical conditions, respectively.
- Other specified or unspecified anxiety disorders — Other specified and unspecified anxiety disorders refer to anxiety caused by or in response to stimuli other than the specified causes of the other listed anxiety disorders.
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety
Individuals suffering from an anxiety disorder experience a disproportionate amount of worry and agitated anticipation focused on an array of situations. The specific symptoms a person with an anxiety disorder will experience include:
- The individual experiences anxiety, worry, anticipatory concern, apprehension with regards to a myriad of situations, including social, education, or occupational situations, on most days for at least six months duration.
- The individual feels that their anxiety is overwhelming their ability to stop it.
- They feel restless, anxious, or wound up.
- The individual begins to tire easily.
- They have an inability to retrain their thoughts.
- The individual is disagreeable or irritated.
- The individual has problems either falling asleep, staying asleep, or feeling restored and rested by sleep.
Seek Treatment at Silicon Beach Treatment Center
Those with anxiety disorders often make lifestyle changes that help control their symptoms. Eating a healthy diet, a regular exercise routine, reducing alcohol, learning to relax using yoga or meditation, and getting enough sleep are some changes that help. Sticking with their treatment plan and taking their medications as prescribed helps with anxiety disorder. Some anxiety disorders only require short-term medical help and others require years of medication and therapy.
At Silicon Beach Treatment Center, we can treat anxiety disorders. Our task when treating any area of client suffering is to identify the nature of your experience with it and explore the underlying causes. We can then work together to usher in resiliency, foster a more hopeful outlook, and restore equilibrium. Our caring, trained professionals will work diligently to bring you the support, interventions, and treatment you need. We can also provide treatment for anxiety when it co-occurs with a substance use disorder.
Your anxiety no longer has to define you. Call Silicon Beach Treatment Center today at 213.460.1706 to learn more about the treatment options available at our anxiety disorder treatment center in Los Angeles.