ANXIETY TREATMENT IN SAN DIEGO

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Everybody experiences some sort of anxiety in their life. Whether it’s from public speaking or starting a new job, it happens to the best of us. Its when it starts to affect everyday tasks, that it might be time to seek treatment. If you’re looking for anxiety treatment in San Diego, MHC San Diego is your local treatment option for mental health.

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Almost 20% of American adults have some form of anxiety. The majority do not seek treatment, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  Anxiety disorders are characterized by persistent worry and intrusive negative thoughts, even in the absence of a realistic threat. People may overthink or catastrophize situations.

Some signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders are not quite as obvious. They can also come in the form of persistent worry or panic attacks. These may present as more mundane challenges but are still important clues as to what is going on.

Further complicating the landscape for patients and those trying to diagnose them are the physical symptoms that may appear to signal illness but are actually a presentation of anxiety.

Types of Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are divided into several unique types. Each affects the sufferer in a different way and may require specific treatment. Getting a correct diagnosis can help you target the treatment more specifically.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

For those with generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety may seem to seep into every part of their lives. Whether they feel anxious after talking about a big project at work or before going out on a date, no matter what they do, it may feel like their brain second-guesses their decisions.

Generalized anxiety disorder has symptoms that are similar to panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other types of anxiety, but they’re all different conditions.

Panic Disorder

Those who deal with panic disorder experience sudden, unexpected bursts of panic, accompanied by pounding heart and trouble breathing. Their flight or fight response is triggered, and they feel like they must get out of a situation they are in. This can make things like flying, driving long distances, or sitting in a classroom extremely difficult.

Panic disorder may feel like it comes out of nowhere, or there may be clear links to triggers that cause panic attacks.

Social Anxiety

Interacting with others becomes especially difficult for those with social anxiety. They often feel judged when speaking or too shy to start a conversation. These feelings may result in severe physical symptoms like dry mouth and sweating, which in turn makes interaction feel even more difficult.

Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is technically a fear of large, open spaces. However, it is most frequently characterized by difficulty leaving what feels like the safety of the home. Getting treatment for agoraphobia becomes increasingly difficult for sufferers as they are unable to go to a therapy appointment.

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Anxiety Disorder Treatment: Our Process

Our team of experienced and licensed clinicians offers evidence-based therapy. These are therapies that multiple years of studies have identified their success in treating anxiety disorders. You can feel confident that your practitioners operate within the guidelines of the most professional organizations out there.

Therapies

Psychotherapy is the process of psychologists and patients working together to identify specific concerns and develop skills and techniques to try and treat those concerns.  Patients can expect to practice their new skills and put them to use in real-world situations.

Psychotherapy has had a long evolution over the past century.  While a stereotypical “laying on the couch” image may come to mind when you think of therapy, modern therapy is a very proactive, positive experience.

CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps to deal with negative, entrenched thoughts. By replacing upsetting thoughts with more realistic phrases, patients can begin to climb out of the dark hole of anxious thinking.

CBT is also great for those who struggle with motivation or who procrastinate due to anxiety. With the use of SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound) goals, patients can begin to take back their time from anxiety and accomplish the important things in their personal life (laundry, reading time, exercise) and professional life (projects, training) that anxiety had forced them to put off.

Talk Therapy

Talk therapy is preferable for those who want to talk about specific things in their lives that cause anxiety. It may incorporate exercises from other therapies, like CBT, to help tackle the feelings that anxious thoughts bring about.

After a big event or stressor in life, talk therapy can be a great way to process the situation and make connections between how it may be causing anxiety now.

Medications

Medication is a safe and effective way to treat anxiety disorders. They have been used for decades and are constantly improved to maximize benefits and minimize side effects.  While some anxiety medication work to prevent your symptoms other medications are designed to cure the problem.

Using medication in the short-term can help give someone enough stability to make their therapy work count. Taking it long-term can prevent a relapse of serious symptoms.

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Everyday Medications

Some anti-anxiety meds are taken every day. These are often antidepressants like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or tricyclic antidepressants. These affect chemicals in the brain to seek a better balance over the long-term.

Medications Taken as Needed

Other medications only need to be taken when you are having a burst of anxiety. For example, some people who have panic attacks while flying may only use a medication like benzodiazepines before getting on a flight.

These are typically a short-acting medication, meaning that in a few hours you will no longer feel the effects.

Paying for Treatment

Paying for treatment should not be what stops you from getting help. That’s why we partner with many insurance companies, including Cigna, Aetna, Anthem BlueCross, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, and UnitedHealthcare to make sure you can afford the treatment you need.

Get Help at the Mental Health Center of San Diego

Anxiety treatment in San Diego is closer than you think. Get the help you deserve at the Mental Health Center of San Diego. If you are ready to do the work and start feeling better, schedule your first appointment today.