The feeling of anxiousness is a normal reaction to a stressful situation, a natural defense mechanism we use to protect ourselves in potentially awkward dangerous situations.
However, anxiety can become a disorder when our “internal panic clocks” become rewired, causing us to feel anxious all the time, to the point that it interferes with our daily lives.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.
Treatment for anxiety disorders revolves around reducing or eliminating the underlying triggers and stress associated with the anxiety disorder. This is a highly treatable mental health condition and is best done with a combination of medication, psychotherapy, and the development of healthy coping skills. Untreated anxiety disorders can cause significant impairment in everyday life and can potentially result in worsening psychiatric conditions, self-harm behavior, and even suicidal ideations.
AKUA Mind and Body is a full-service treatment program that offers a wide range of “east meets west” treatment modalities for many different populations struggling with anxiety and other mental health and substance use disorders. We offer both intensive inpatient programs as well as outpatient treatment. AKUA Mind & Body works diligently with each client and their family to ensure that their anxiety disorder treatment plan is specifically tailored to their needs, and not just their disorder.
When individuals think of the term “anxiety disorder” they often are referring to generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Generalized anxiety disorder is the most common subtype of anxiety and is characterized by excessive worry over mundane regular occurrences that usually do not produce fear in the general population. This worrying is nearly impossible to control, and symptoms must be present daily for a minimum of six months.
Social anxiety disorder commonly referred to as social phobia is an excessive fear of “social performances” that puts the individual at risk of being scrutinized by others. Social anxiety is triggered by trivial, everyday tasks such as filling out forms with people around, conversing with new people, making eye contact, ordering a meal in a restaurant, using a public restroom, walking into a crowded room, or speaking in public.