Everyone feels anxious from time to time. A big test, speaking in front of a crowd, or going on a date are events that typically make people nervous. But when anxiety becomes severe and affects your daily functioning, then it could be a more serious mental health condition known as an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. About 40 million adults suffer from one. An anxiety disorder can produce debilitating symptoms and also interfere with your relationships, work, and other areas of life. Fortunately, anxiety is treatable. With the right resources, you can effectively manage your anxiety symptoms as well as live a fulfilling life with the help of Lucida Treatment's anxiety treatment center. Types of Anxiety Disorders There are many types of anxiety disorders. Though they all share common traits, they are set apart by cause, symptoms, or scope. For example, a few of the most common include: \tGeneralized anxiety disorder \u2013 Characterized by excessive worry, often with no or very little apparent reason \tObsessive-compulsive disorder \u2013 Persistent fears or thoughts that result in ritualistic behaviors or routines \tPanic disorder \u2013 Feelings of terror that rise sharply and peak within minutes, with or without a clear trigger \tPost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) \u2013 Caused by experiencing a traumatic event resulting in lingering irrational fear and stress \tSocial anxiety disorder \u2013 Overwhelming worry about everyday social situations along with fear of embarrassment or judgment \tSpecific phobias \u2013 Disproportionate and intense fear of a specific thing or event that may cause you to avoid everyday situations Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders Though there are many unique anxiety disorders, all share several signs and symptoms: \tRacing heartbeat \tAgitation, irritability, and restlessness \tShortness of breath \tDry mouth \tNausea \tTense muscles \tSleep problems, especially insomnia \tShakiness \tFeelings of fear or panic, or\u00a0panic attacks \tSweating \tDifficulty concentrating \tAvoidance of situations or things that may cause anxiety Diagnosing an anxiety disorder can only be done by a professional, such as a mental health therapist or doctor. If you think you have anxiety, reach out to a therapist or the professionals at a\u00a0treatment center like Lucida. Risk Factors for Anxiety Disorders Of course, there are many potential causes of anxiety disorders. For example, a few causes and risk factors include: \tTrauma such as physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence or experiencing war or natural disaster \tGenetics \u2013 Anxiety that is inherited will often start to present in elementary school years. \tThe buildup of stress from stressful life situations \tCertain medical conditions like hyperthyroidism or asthma \tSide effects of medication \tOther mental health conditions \tSubstance abuse problems Co-Occurring Disorders A co-occurring disorder is any condition that occurs alongside another. The two disorders, which are usually substance abuse and a mental health disorder, together are called a dual diagnosis. Either can come first, but they should be treated as one. This is an important criterion when you\u2019re looking for treatment. It is common for people with anxiety to have a co-occurring disorder. Below are a few examples of anxiety disorders and substance use disorders that commonly occur with them: \tSocial anxiety disorder and alcohol abuse \u2013 Many feel that alcohol helps ease anxiety in social situations. \tPTSD and drug abuse \u2013 Those with trauma symptoms like flashbacks may use drugs, like sedatives or stimulants, to either lessen their anxiety or distract themselves from their thoughts. \tPanic disorder and any substance abuse \u2013 Alcohol and drug abuse can be diagnosed before panic disorder since many drugs induce panic. Otherwise, substances are used to try to keep them at bay. When Should You Seek Treatment for Anxiety? If you suspect you may be suffering from anxiety, then you should act immediately. Do not wait until your symptoms get \u201cbad enough.\u201d Untreated anxiety will get worse over time, making it harder to face the situations, people, events, or environments that make you nervous now. You may develop another disorder like depression, or you could turn to an unhealthy escape, such as alcohol or drugs, to cope. There are far too many effective options for treating anxiety disorders for you to wait. Even if you are not sure you meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder, then mental health treatment can still help. You will learn effective ways to cope with your symptoms. Treatment will also help you build up your support system and put other key protective factors in place. Treatment for Anxiety Disorders The following treatments are most common in treating anxiety disorders. Sometimes it takes a few tries before you find the right treatment method for you, and not all treatments work for everyone. It is important for you to make treatment decisions with your doctor. This is because choices are made based on: \tThe severity of your anxiety \tYour symptoms \tWhether you have a co-occurring disorder \tYour medical history The best anxiety treatment center offers a combination of different treatments. Medication along with therapy works for many people who suffer from anxiety. Medication Antidepressants work well for managing anxiety. They include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Anxiety medication works by regulating neurotransmitters in your brain that then produce symptoms of anxiety. For example, effective medications include: \tSertraline (Zoloft\u00ae) \tFluoxetine (Prozac\u00ae) \tEscitalopram (Lexapro\u00ae) \tDesvenlafaxine (Pristiq\u00ae) Some of these medications take a week or two to begin improving symptoms. It is common to experience unwanted side effects like sleepiness and nausea during the first few days of use. It is important to note that many anxiety medications come with a risk of dependence and abuse. Additionally, it is best to go over your options with a healthcare provider. If you try anxiety medication, then maintain an open line of communication with your doctor to adjust your dosage as needed. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Talk therapy is a reliable and evidence-based method for treating anxiety. Most notable among them is cognitive-behavioral therapy. It is provided by a mental health therapist or psychologist. CBT involves learning about the relationships between your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Coping skills are taught to help you better control the thoughts and feelings that lead to anxiety. This leads to reduced symptoms. Alternative Therapies Alternative therapy is anything outside traditional one-on-one talk therapy. It could be mindfulness and meditation, psychodrama, yoga, and fitness, or any number of other activities. Lucida Anxiety Disorder Treatment At Lucida Treatment Center, we pay full attention to what makes your anxiety unique. When determining your treatment, we will take into account your needs and preferences. We will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. Lucida takes a holistic approach to treatment, meaning we seek to restore functioning to your mind, body, and spirit. Our variety of therapies means that you are free to discover the coping skills that work best for you. For example, a few of our options for residential anxiety disorder treatment include: \tIndividual therapy \tGroup therapy \tPsychiatric care and medication management \tMental health education \tAlternative therapies like psychodrama \tDual diagnosis treatment if you also suffer from a substance abuse problem \tOptional weekly family sessions \tAftercare Your anxiety triggers do not disappear when you leave treatment. Therefore, aftercare is important. Lucida offers an aftercare treatment program to help support our clients long after they leave our residential programs. We will help you achieve long-term mental health by helping you get the support you need from resources that are convenient for you. We will help arrange follow-up appointments and help you find support groups. About The Lucida Anxiety Treatment Center We are located in Florida, by the Intracoastal Waterway. Clients coming to us for residential anxiety treatment stay in private or semi-private suites. Townhomes are also separated by gender and are modern and comfortable. To support your physical well-being, our facilities offer an on-site swimming pool as well as a fitness center. Regular physical exercise can be an excellent coping skill for anxiety. If traveling to Lucida is going to be difficult for you, then we may be able to help you arrange your travel plans. We can also help with travel plans for your family or traveling companion. You do not have to live in fear anymore. Give Lucida\u2019s anxiety treatment center a call at , and we can help you decide whether anxiety treatment is the right choice for you.