Anxiety is a general term used to describe several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. While it is normal to experience these emotions at different times in your life, those with anxiety disorders are significantly impacted on a daily basis. Some amount of stress associated with reaching deadlines at work or before a promising interview is normal and almost expected. However, it is when the anxiety interferes with a person’s ability to function that it becomes a problem. Fortunately, with proper care and therapies, people who have anxiety disorders can go on to lead normal, productive, and fulfilled lives.
Cedar Crest has successfully helped thousands of individuals and families with a variety of mental health disorders for over 25 years. Our proven history of success in treating mental health problems, such as anxiety, ensures that we can help you get your life back. No longer do you have to struggle with the constant fear and worry which has slowly begun to take over your life. The understanding staff at Cedar Crest can help you move past these troubling times.
Helping a Love One or Family Member Get Treatment
It can be extremely hard to stand by and watch your loved one continuously struggle with their anxiety disorder. However, there are things that you can do to help your loved one win their battle with this debilitating disorder. Through effective treatment and support your loved one can overcome their disorder. Here are some things you can do to help your loved one with an anxiety disorder:
- Suggest they get professional help: If you are not entirely sure that your loved one has an anxiety disorder encourage them to visit a mental health professional who can determine exactly what is causing them distress.
- Get educated: Take the time to learn about your loved one’s anxiety disorder, which will allow you to understand the illness and what to expect out of treatment.
- Don’t be judgmental: Do your best to be supportive and patient with your loved one. Do not minimize their feelings and keep in mind that it takes some time to get an anxiety disorder under control.
- Take care of yourself: Looking after someone with an anxiety disorder can be exhausting and difficult so it is important that you take time out for yourself. Build your own support network and seek individual counseling for yourself if needed.
While there is a lot you can do to be supportive and help a loved one with an anxiety disorder, since you are not a mental health professional your role is limited. This is why it is always a good idea to continue to encourage your loved one to get outside help from a trained mental health professional.
Why Consider Treatment at Cedar Crest
Anxiety disorders are a group of mental illnesses that cause many individuals to feel frightened, uneasy, fearful, and distressed in situations that would not normally lead to these feelings. Without proper treatment anxiety can inhibit someone’s ability to work or study, have successful social relationships with friends or family, and may stop someone from engaging in activities they once enjoyed. Anxiety disorders can cause problems in even the simplest of daily activities.
An inpatient program that specializes in treating individuals with anxiety can be extremely helpful as they are able to provide a wide range of treatment options to fit all different types of patient needs. Through individual and group therapy patients can learn more appropriate coping skills, better social skills, and be able to identify some of their anxiety triggers. Additionally, family therapy can help mend any problems that have developed within the family dynamic. An inpatient program provides patients with a safe place away from the daily stressors of life, allowing them to place all of their focus on getting better.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Cedar Crest our main goal is to help all of our patients reach their maximum potential, which allows them to once again be fully functioning members in their community. We focus on the individual strengths each individual already possesses and build on that foundation to help patients see past their fear and be able to let go of some of the worry they hold. Additionally, we believe that we need to truly understand our patients in order to treat them so we make sure to look at each patient in their own environment and take into account family, home life, and support network. Our programs provide a range of mental health and substance abuse services for children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and military personnel. Finally, we make sure to connect our patients with the community so that they have a circle of care that encompasses them, allowing for continued success.
Types of Treatment Offered at Cedar Crest
The treatment approach at Cedar Crest acknowledges that each individual faces multiple pressures in today’s society as well as their own unique challenges. We teach our patients that in order to grow as a person, treatment must include developing healthy expression of emotions, community involvement, teamwork, openness to alternative viewpoints, and accountability for one’s own actions. After you complete an initial intake assessment, we will use the combined results to develop a treatment plan that will focus on your specific concerns. Some of the follow treatment approaches we use to help treat your anxiety may include:
Medication: Medication treatment for anxiety disorders varies, but most often some type of benzodiazepine, such as Xanax or Klonopin, is used to help manage the symptoms brought on by anxiety. Additional medications, such as some antidepressants or tricyclics, can also be used depending on the type of anxiety disorder an individual has. If medication is part of your treatment plan it will be closely monitored and altered as needed.
Individual therapy: All of our patients meet with a therapist on an individual basis at least once a week, but more if needed. With anxiety disorder it is common for a therapist to use cognitive behavioral therapy to help the patient recognize and change their thinking patterns that are associated with the anxious feelings. Additional time can be spent exploring causes for anxiety and possible ways to cope with the uncomfortable symptoms.
Group therapy: Group sessions are held on a daily basis starting each morning with a morning goals group and ending each day with a wrap-up goals group. Throughout the day individuals will also attend a number of other groups, which may focus on coping skills, life skills, medication management, and general education about anxiety.
Family involvement: Family therapy is an essential part of the treatment process and family members are encouraged to come at least twice a week throughout their loved one’s stay. Family members will get a chance to learn more about anxiety and ways in which they can be supportive to their loved one.
In addition to traditional therapeutic methods we offer a number of experiential programs including the following:
- Recreational therapy
- Walking trails
- Ropes courses
- Swimming pool
- A.A. and N.A. meetings
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
When your time with us has come to an end you will meet with your therapist and case manager who will help to get the discharge process complete. Before you leave our doors we will make sure that you have an appointment set up for your next phase of treatment, ensure that you have a stable living situation, and provide you with transportation. On the day of discharge you will meet with your psychologist and other treatment team members to make sure that you are stable and everything is in place to make the transition as smooth as possible.
At Cedar Crest we have a couple of outpatient programs that many patients have found beneficial for their next phase of treatment. Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) is designed for youth ages 10-17 years of age and is a day treatment program designed to further teach living and coping skills and address personal responsibility and positive interactions within the family, school, and community. We also have an outpatient program that is available to patients of all ages whose symptoms are not severe enough to meet the criteria for other treatment levels, but still interfere with daily life. Finally, if a patient is far enough along in the recovery process they may be ready to discharge home and will be provided with referrals for traditional outpatient therapy.