Fear and Worry Don’t Have to Govern Your Life
Anxiety is a perfectly natural and healthy reaction to stress that we all feel at some point or another. We feel anxiety over our finances, our careers, personal relationships and our futures. A person struggling with a severe anxiety disorder lives in a constant state of worry and concern that can be excessive, overwhelming and controlling. For some people, they remain powerless to control this anxiety, even when they realize the ways in which it is dictating their lives.
Anxiety often occurs alongside addiction, as well as other physical and mental illnesses. While one doesn’t necessarily lead to the other, it’s clear that addiction and anxiety feed off of and interact with one another; often exacerbating both conditions. Seaside Palm Beach employs a team of addiction care therapists and mental health experts to guide its patients away from crippling problems with substance abuse and anxiety.
Common Anxiety Disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- General anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
Innovative Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders
When a person is struggling with anxiety, they’ll likely have to contend with a list of problematic symptoms. Some of these include, sweating, shaking, irregular heartbeat, terror and extreme paranoia. As the symptoms begin to pile up, a person may have difficulty sleeping, relaxing or even functioning regularly. Feeling unable to control their emotions, many people struggling with anxiety turn to substance abuse to self-medicate.
There are multiple problems with using drugs and/or alcohol to treat anxiety. Frequently, drinking and drug use can lead to an anxiety attack. Additionally, when a person primarily uses drugs and alcohol to achieve a state of normalcy in their emotions – they become woefully dependent on it as a method and are often unable to feel normal without substance abuse. Even further, as substance abuse increases, so does the body’s tolerance, causing a person to increase their abuse, leading to an even stronger addiction.
At Seaside Palm Beach, we believe that treating anxiety begins with empowering patients with education about their condition. This includes identifying triggers, raising symptom awareness, learning which situations to avoid and creating new ways to cope and manage their feelings of anxiety.