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Anxiety greatly interferes with your ability to live life to its fullest. It can also contribute to addiction, eating disorders and other ways of self-medicating. Our compassionate, highly experienced clinical team provides expert care for anxiety disorders and co-occurring conditions.
Anxiety disorders turn everyday routines into stress-filled challenges. They interfere with relationships, career ambitions and the enjoyment of hobbies and other activities that most people take for granted.
The behavior of those who suffer from anxiety disorders may seem irrational to others, and even loved ones might have a hard time understanding what’s going on. But anxiety disorders are diagnosable mental health conditions that impact every area of life for those who are affected.
At LK Health Behavioral Health we understand the debilitating effects of anxiety disorders, which is why we offer mental health treatment services for those battling these life-altering illnesses.
Our facility helps men and women overcome the effects of anxiety disorders.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorders affect up to 20 percent of adult Americans. Many will experience their first symptoms in childhood or adolescence, and if left untreated these disorders can impact the rest of their lives.
A list of recognized and diagnosable anxiety disorders includes:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): People with GAD are plagued by constant fears, worries and obsessive concerns, which either have no apparent cause or seem out of proportion to real-life challenges. Three percent of the population suffers from generalized anxiety disorder, and two-thirds of these are women.
- Panic disorder: Panic disorder sufferers are periodically besieged by devastating symptoms of severe physical and emotional distress, which may be triggered by external events but often manifest without obvious cause or warning. Panic disorders afflict slightly less than 3 percent of the population and are twice as likely to be diagnosed in women.
- Social anxiety disorder (SAD): Victims of social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, are overwhelmed by extreme self-consciousness and emotional discomfort in a wide variety of social situations, including the most benign and casual interpersonal encounters. SAD is believed to affect up to 7 percent of the adult population (men and women are equally vulnerable), and those with more severe forms of the disorder may have no meaningful relationships outside of close family.
- Specific phobias: Phobias (a deep and irrational fear of specific situations or things) can be highly disabling for their victims. Up to 9 percent of Americans adults suffer from at least one type of phobia, with women comprising two-thirds of the afflicted.
Anxiety disorders commonly manifest before or concurrently with bouts of major depression. Mental health programs aimed at anxiety disorders often include elements designed to address depression as well, since both are highly disabling and each can reinforce the other.
What Causes Anxiety Disorders?
In the minds and bodies of anxiety disorder sufferers, stress responses are heightened and easily triggered by experiences that most people would find non-threatening.
Anxiety disorder symptoms tend to mimic the “fight or flight” response that helps protect us from dangerous situations. Genetics, home environment, repeated exposure to stress and emotional trauma in childhood (or sometimes in adulthood) are some of the factors that likely play a role in the development of anxiety disorders. But the cause-and-effect relationships behind anxiety disorders are still mysterious and open to speculation. Much more study is needed to pin them down with precision.
Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
While the symptoms of anxiety disorders can be overwhelming, effective treatment options are available.
LK Health Behavioral Health specializes in treating anxiety disorders. Our experienced mental health professionals use evidence-based therapies as well as innovative alternative approaches to help clients manage their anxiety in healthy ways. If you’re suffering from an anxiety disorder, we can help you recover and get your life back on track.
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