While a certain amount of anxiety is normal for everyone, perhaps when you are waiting to hear back about a job interview or expecting to have an unpleasant interaction with someone, anxiety becomes a mental health disorder when these anxious feelings don’t simply pass as the moments pass. Those who suffer with constant anxious feelings, thoughts and behaviors are often diagnosed with anxiety disorder.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Not all anxiety disorders are the same. There are several different kinds of anxiety disorders that will affect patients differently. Some examples are:
There are many different approaches to anxiety treatment. It is recommended that everyone with an anxiety disorder seek out regular therapy. There are a number of helpful methods like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy that a licensed psychologist will often help patients to pursue.
Anxiety disorders can also be treated with medications. Some selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can be used to treat both depression and anxiety, like Paxil and Lexapro. Benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium can also be used to treat anxiety, though these medications work better for acute episodes of anxiety. Benzodiazepines can also be addictive, and patients are discouraged from taking them every day for a long period of time.
Anxiety and Substance Use Disorders
Many people with anxiety disorders also have substance use disorders. Alcohol in particular is a problem for patients with anxiety disorders. Because alcohol is a depressant and can initially lessen someone’s anxiety, it’s easy to understand why a person with an anxiety disorder may develop a drinking problem. Others with anxiety disorders self-medicate with benzodiazepines or other substances.
Patients who present for substance abuse treatment that also have anxiety disorders must make sure that they are receiving treatment for co-occurring disorders. Fortunately, facilities like The Recovery Village at Ridgefield are equipped to treat patients with a duel diagnosis. Our facility is conveniently located within a three-hour drive of Seattle, Washington, and our addiction specialists and healthcare professionals are committed to helping patients find the healing they need to begin a path to true recovery.
Give us a call today and have a confidential conversation with one of our compassionate addiction specialists. You don’t need to suffer any longer. Help is available if you are willing to ask for it.