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Anxiety Treatment in Costa Mesa
Serving the Orange County Area
Safe & Sound Treatment Center in Costa Mesa is dedicating itself to providing quality mental and behavioral health care to those in the Orange County area.
Anxiety is among the most common mental health conditions that currently plague our communities. While it is common to feel occasional stress and anxiety, when they become a common occurrence that interferes with daily activities one should seek help.
Safe & Sound Treatment is here to help people overcome their fears, nervousness, and worries that trouble their everyday lives.
Understanding Anxiety Disorders
The American Psychiatric Association describes anxiety disorders as conditions that bring feelings of tension, worry, cloudy thoughts, and physical responses. They typically include reoccurring thoughts or concerns about certain situations, objects, or environments. And, they typically come with physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, trembling, sweating, or dizziness.
Anxiety is experienced differently by different people. How someone experiences their anxiety may classify their condition into any of the anxiety disorder subtypes.
The causes for any of the above anxiety conditions can vary greatly. They may arise from a single experience or many over time.
These causes and symptoms should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid worsening one’s condition and perhaps leading to other related mental illnesses.
Thankfully, anxiety disorders are treatable conditions that can be put into remission. A therapist and psychiatrist can help develop a treatment plan that is catered to one’s unique circumstances and symptoms.
At Safe & Sound Treatment in Costa Mesa, our professionals can create a customized plan for you or your loved one. Our treatment plans for anxiety will always include talk therapy and may include promoting lifestyle changes or medication if the client’s condition merits it.
Psychotherapy is the go-to approach for many mental illnesses, and anxiety is one of them. Most people are able to improve their symptoms of anxiety in just 8 to 10 sessions with anxiety-focused therapy.
There are many different approaches to therapy in regards to anxiety. Though, the most common approach to treating anxiety is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
CBT addresses negative patterns and distortions in the way we think about ourselves and the world around us. It helps people examine their negative thoughts and behaviors that contribute to one’s anxiety and then encourages the client to replace those habits with healthier ones.
Medications may be used in more severe cases of anxiety, and are typically prescribed as an as-needed or temporary treatment. These medications will not cure anxiety, but they may help a person manage their symptoms more effectively as they go through psychotherapy.
Benzodiazepines are the most commonly prescribed classes of medications used to treat anxiety. They can help ease physical symptoms and even calm one’s mind. When used with psychotherapy, they can help break the connection between one’s triggers and their anxiety.
However, these medications must be used in a proper manner, otherwise, they can lead to benzodiazepine addiction and worsening of one’s symptoms.
In other circumstances, antidepressants may be useful in treating anxiety. But unlike the near-instant relief that benzodiazepines give, antidepressants may take 4 to 6 weeks to work.