Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Stress is a fairly routine part of everyday life. However, when stress becomes overwhelming and begins to impair one’s ability to function and maintain relationships it might reflect a mental health issue known as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or Anxiety. Anxiety (GAD) is characterized by chronic stress and worrying excessively, especially when overwhelming concern is unwarranted. Anxiety can result in panic attacks, avoidance of social interactions and a general lack of emotional tolerance for everyday activities and interactions. Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health issues in the United States and encompasses Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Phobias, among others.

For millions of Americans, Anxiety can radically interfere with everyday life—limiting job and school performance, diminishing the ability to connect with others and creating a lingering sense of isolation. Anxiety is often linked to other mental and physical health issues and often accompanies specific traumas, drug use and heart disease. There is evidence to suggest that the onset of Anxiety is tied to a series of factors, including heredity, personality, stress, trauma among other factors.

Similar to other mental health disorders, Anxiety can manifest itself in emotional, mental and physical symptoms. Those struggling with Anxiety may experience trouble relaxing, difficulties thinking clearly and overwhelming sense of stress and uncertainty. On a physical level too, issues such as difficulties sleeping, muscle tension, high degrees of irritability and even nausea are hallmark symptoms of Anxiety. Anxiety is often accompanied by panic attacks, in which one may experience elevated fear levels that manifest themselves with disabling muscle tension, an accelerated heart rate and palpitations.

Fortunately, there is substantial medical evidence that Anxiety is treatable. Psychotherapy, often in conjunction with medication, is the cornerstone of effective and long-lasting Anxiety (GAD) treatment. At Resilience Treatment Center, qualified clinicians utilized a range of modalities shown to be highly effective for the treatment of Anxiety. One particular modality is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which works to reorient negative thinking towards the use of relaxation skills and emotionally empowering tools.  Upon admission, Resilience clients will work with their primary therapist to craft a structured and specific treatment plan to best meet their unique challenges and symptoms.

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