Anxiety and stress do not only impact your mental health; long periods of worry can affect all systems of the body. The right inpatient anxiety treatment center can help get your mind and body back on the right path.
Feeling nervous or anxious is common from time to time. For example, maybe you have had to give a speech in front of a large audience, or you’ve interviewed for a job you really wanted. In both of those scenarios, it’s completely normal to feel uneasy. In fact, anxiety is your body’s natural response to danger; it triggers your “flight-or-fight” response. This is because the command center in your brain (hypothalamus) receives a 911 signal from the amygdala, the part of the brain that affects emotions.
That jolt of adrenaline is natural during emergencies, but when your body is constantly in a state of distress, it can impair your health. If you feel a persistent, debilitating nervousness, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder and could benefit from inpatient anxiety treatment.
Do You Suffer from Crippling Anxiety?
If you’ve been experiencing a prolonged period of debilitating worry, you could have Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is a type of anxiety that affects roughly two to four percent of the adult population, or five to nine million individuals in the United States. GAD can hinder a person’s enjoyment when it comes to doing everyday things like going to the grocery store or calling someone on the phone.
Suppose you have had uncontrollable worry lasting six months or more and have experienced panic attacks as well as physical symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, or heart palpitations. In that case, you might be experiencing GAD and might benefit from inpatient anxiety treatment. GAD also commonly co-occurs with other mental health disorders, such as depression or substance use disorders. Other symptoms of GAD include:
- Excessive worry over a senseless event
- Perceiving threats where there are none
- Only imagining worst-case possibilities
- Inability to relax
- Unable to concentrate
- Fatigue or sleeping problems
- Muscle aches, tension, or twitching
- Nervousness or irritability
- Upset stomach (nausea, diarrhea, etc.)
At Georgetown Behavioral Hospital, our adult mental health program offers inpatient anxiety treatment for adults battling mental health issues and substance abuse. Our highly qualified staff will evaluate your needs and determine the best treatment for you. Our team of mental health care professionals considers your mental, emotional, and physical health when putting together a plan to help you now and long term.
Inpatient Anxiety Treatment Options
At Georgetown Behavioral Hospital, we know that mental health treatment looks different for everyone. That’s why our staff, including counselors, doctors, psychotherapists, and nurses are trained to assess and evaluate your specific needs. Whether you only need mental health support or dual diagnosis treatment, our inpatient anxiety treatment options are designed to help you lead your best life.
Some examples of specific inpatient anxiety treatment methods include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Medication evaluation and management
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Finding the right inpatient anxiety treatment can be challenging, but studies have shown that talk therapies like CBT are effective forms of treatment. People with anxiety benefit from CBT because they learn to analyze their anxious thoughts and replace them with positive affirmations. CBT also teaches you how to recognize and deal with your triggers so that you can be ready with the right tools to navigate those negative experiences.
If you struggle with feeling alone, group therapy is an excellent opportunity to meet others going through similar experiences. A support group can help you express your thoughts and feelings in a safe, judgment-free environment. Group therapy is also a great way to share tips on how to relax and form healthy coping habits.
Family therapy is a great opportunity to resolve any lingering tension that might have built up over time. With this type of inpatient anxiety treatment, you can help heal old wounds and reconnect with the people who mean the most to you. At the same time, they can learn more about your mental health condition and how to give you helpful anxiety support.
Perhaps the biggest advantage to inpatient anxiety treatment comes from from a combination of therapy and medication. Our psychiatrists might prescribe medications as part of your treatment plan, but only with your consent. Georgetown Behavioral Hospital is a voluntary-admission hospital, which means it is always your decision to take medications. By working with you throughout your decision-making process, our doctors will be available to discuss different options, how the drug works, the side effects, and more.
When Is it Time for Inpatient Anxiety Treatment?
If you have difficulty getting through the day without having panic attacks, intrusive negative thoughts, cold sweats, a racing heart, or a constant fear of impending doom for no logical reason, it might be time to look into anxiety treatment centers. Inpatient anxiety treatment centers offer you a safe place to get around-the-clock care, and they often work better than if you were to attempt treatment alone.
Our inpatient anxiety treatment programs are designed to help you have long-term success even after you leave our center. At the end of your stay with us, we’ll provide you with outpatient treatment options as well as a plan to help you adjust to your new normal.