Anxiety and Dual-Diagnosis Treatment
Anxiety can be very difficult to deal with and can interfere with our day-to-day lives. Millions of people are affected by high anxiety, it is very common when dealing with the high stress all of us experience in our lives.
Some people are able to manage anxiety and use tools to help control it. Other individuals have a disroder which causes the anxiety to get out of control and treatment can become necessary.
Another factor of anxiety is social anxiety disorder, or also known as social phobia. Social anxiety disorder is a common disorder that can be treated and controlled. Individuals with this disorder are extremely anxious about any social interactions and events that occur in everyday life.
Day to day activities such as making a phone call, attending a meeting or party, even speaking to others can become unbearable. These individuals can be constantly worried that others are watching, judging and watching them. These individuals can become very isolated, avoiding both family and friends. Listed symptoms of social anxiety disorder: Intense, unavoidable anxiety Excessive fear of judgement by others Physical symptoms include- confusion, pounding heart, sweating, shaking, blushing, muscle tension, upset stomach, and diarrhea.
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Treatment can help individuals cope with this disorder by providing the necessary tools. Effective treatments include CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy, or medication, or a combination of both. Our treatment staff at Fairwinds is highly experienced in working with anxiety issues.
Signs of anxiety
Symptoms of anxiety can include the following:
Dizziness, short of breath, palpitations, chest pain, discomfort, trembling, clammy hands, frequent urination, headaches, insomnia, nausea and vomiting, feeling of loss of control, hot and cold flashes, confusion, irritability, nervousness, upset stomach, sweating, fatigue, feeling of lump in throat, increase in blood pressure, feeling of detachment, light headedness.
When these occur, it is common for individuals who are struggling with substance abuse to seek comfort in their addiction.
Things That Increase Anxiety
Caffeine, decongestants, steroids, weight loss products, horomones, inhalers, herbal medicines, blood pressure medication, ADHD medication.
Withdrawal from substances such as-heroin, caffeine, amphetamines, benzodiazepines and alcohol can cause anxiety, causing a situation where one issue feeds off of the other.
Here are a few things that help reduce anxiety:
- Eating a healthy balanced meal
- Exercise 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes
- Sleep around 8 hours a night
- Therapeutic relaxation techniques
- Avoid illegal substances and misuse of alcohol
- Flexible daily schedule
- Medications (Under medical supervision)
Our eating disorders treatment and drug and alcohol rehab programs feature unique sets of treatment modalities. These modalities and objectives can be facilitated separately or in conjunction with each other, depending on the individual needs of our clients. This focus on dual diagnosis treatment services for eating disorders and drug or alcohol rehab is what makes our approach to treatment so successful.
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