Psychotherapists and psychiatrists have come to understand the crippling effects caused by anxiety disorder. It is a disorder that affects body, mind, emotions, and spirit. A person may appear competent and capable, all the while hiding his / her own inner hell through excessive activity, achievements, or endless chatter.
Other times, it is more visible and severely damages relationships with other people and ourselves. To the person with the anxiety disorder, it may have been there for so many years that it feels “normal”.
For an addict, it may be what drove them into their addiction or it is what haunts them after they are sober.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Is the constant, exaggerated, worrisome thoughts and tension about everyday routine life events and activities. Usually anticipating the worst although there is little reason to expect it. For many, the elevated anxiety of Generalized Anxiety Disorder is accompanied by physical symptoms such as fatigue, trembling, muscle tension, irritability, irritable bowel syndrome, or frequent and severe headaches often leading to attempts of suicide.
Excessive anxiety and worry: Described as “dreadful thoughts about the future or excessive guilt about some past event”, the mind cannot stay in “present time”. It anticipates “worst case scenarios” which are frightening to the mind, body, emotions, and spirit. To defend itself against these dreadful possible outcomes, the mind then begins manufacturing plans and projections. Each anticipated plan and back up plan prompts the next dreaded events and necessary plans. Before long, the mind is producing a pyramid of fear. These thoughts are always negative and pessimistic. The person feels overwhelmed and powerless.
Difficult to control the worry: The thoughts and worries only intensify when we attempt to control them. A vicious cycle ensues, where the original anxiety and worries are compounded by anxiety and worry about not being able to stop it. There is nothing worse than not being able to sleep and staring at the clock, hour after hour, exhausted by the racing mind, worried about the lack of sleep, trying hard to go back to sleep and quiet the mind.
Anxiety and worry are accompanied by 3 or more of the following 6 symptoms:
- muscle tension
- restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge
- being easily fatigued
- difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
- sleep disturbance (difficulty falling or staying asleep)
Anxiety can become severe that it becomes a full-blown panic attack. In these instances, the anxiety can cause symptoms that feel like a heart attack: Left untreated, anxiety disorders can manifest into attempts to escape. Below are two.
Addictive Disorders: The compulsive/excessive use of alcohol, drugs, spending, gambling, sex, chaotic codependent relationships, controlling, “busyness”, workaholism, perfectionism, sleeping pills, exercise, sugar, nicotine, caffeine are mood altering behaviors with disastrous consequences aimed at escaping anxiety.
Depressive Disorders: The Depressive Disorder is an attempt to “shut down” the body, mind, and emotions so they will not feel the anguish of the anxiety disorder.
For people in recovery: some of the following changes or losses often cause anxiety and relapse:
- divorce, separation, or break up
- death of a loved one
- loss of employment, income, or power
- recent sobriety
- giving up using friends
- being alone
- DUI’s or going to jail
- discharge from treatment programs
- friends relapse
- losing a sponsor
- significant other infidelity
Malibu Recovery Center utilizes the following modalities for stabilizing residents with anxiety disorder who are attempting to transition back into society:
Detox and medication management
Parent and Teen Outpatient Services
Adult Outpatient Services
Malibu Recovery Center will support you as you conquer your anxiety disorder and enjoy your life. We are meant to have abundance in every area of our lives.
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