Although it is normal to feel fear or anxiety in dangerous or threatening situations, people with anxiety disorders feel anxiety to a degree that is far out of proportion to any apparent threat. Anxiety disorders come in many different forms and can all severely impair a person’s ability to be effective in his or her daily life.
Fortunately, at Westend Hospital we understand the pain and disruption that anxiety disorders can cause. With the help of our compassionate and experienced treatment team, it is possible to learn strategies for managing anxiety disorders and build your ability to live a healthier, more fulfilled life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When a loved one is struggling with an anxiety disorder, it can be easy to believe that you have exhausted all your options and can do nothing to help your loved one. In reality, however, nothing could be further from the truth. Consider the following suggestions, even if they are steps you have tried before. Sometimes simply trying again can make all the difference:
- Research anxiety disorders in general and your loved one’s anxiety disorder in particular. The needs of a person with a phobia will differ from those of a person with generalized anxiety disorder, for example, and so learning as much as you can about your loved one’s disorder can help you more effectively work alongside him or her.
- Invest time in looking at treatment options. There are many different methods for treating anxiety, so during your research, make a short list of a few treatment centers that may be a good fit for your loved one. If you have any questions, feel free to call the center and speak with their clinical or admissions staff.
- Talk with your loved one. Inform him or her that you are aware of his or her struggle and want to help. During these conversations, remain patient and remember that your loved one is likely in crisis right now. Be careful that your conversations do not devolve into arguments, and stay away from issuing ultimatums or demanding change. Instead, simply share your observations with your loved one, assert your desire to see him or her heal, empathize with him or her, and be patient.
- When your loved one is ready to enter treatment, help facilitate the process and help him or her ease into treatment. One way to help is to be in touch with the treatment center and set up appointments while also offering to accompany your loved one to those appointments. You can also help by preparing meals, arranging transportation, and assisting with other logistical issues that may arise.
- Above all, remember that you are likely one of your loved one’s strongest allies, so it is important that you keep yourself healthy. Make sure to eat healthy, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly. In addition, make time for hobbies and other activities that rejuvenate you, and seek out the support of family and friends.
Why Consider Treatment at Westend Hospital
If left untreated, anxiety disorders can have severe negative effects. They can place enormous strain on relationships, potentially leaving sufferers socially isolated and without relational support. They can also cause individuals to underperform at work, possibly resulting in demotion, job loss, long-term unemployment, and financial distress. Anxiety disorders can cause a person to limit his or her activities, and severe anxiety disorders can even make a person unable to leave home. People with anxiety disorders are also at increased risk of developing substance use disorders and have a higher suicide risk. Fortunately, anxiety disorders are often treatable with proper intervention and the care of a dedicated treatment team.
Types of Treatment Offered at Westend Hospital
At Westend Hospital, we are proud to provide life-changing treatment to adults ages 18 and above who are struggling with a range of mental health disorders, including but not limited to anxiety disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and depression.
When a man or women enters Westend Hospital, he or she can expect to receive world-class clinical services, to be provided with an individualized treatment plan that has been designed specifically to meet his or her unique needs, and to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Throughout an individual’s time at Westend Hospital, he or she will work closely with talented and compassionate professionals who will be focused on monitoring his or her progress and offering the personalized care that will alleviate his or her anxiety disorder symptoms and improve his or her quality of life.
While an individual is receiving care for anxiety disorders at Westend Hospital, the following elements may be incorporated into his or her treatment plan:
Medication management: The symptoms of certain mental health disorders respond well to treatment with prescription medications. If a client is experiencing a disorder or disorders that may be treated with such medications, he or she can receive effective and responsive medication management services while being treated at Westend Hospital. Services provided to medication management clients include three weekly meetings with a psychiatrist as well as round-the-clock nursing supervision and care.
Individual therapy: One-on-one sessions between a client and his or her therapist can provide invaluable opportunities for individuals to process successes and setbacks, discuss issues related to the treatment of anxiety disorders, and address matters that the client may be unwilling to bring up during group therapy sessions. At Westend, individual therapy sessions are conducted on an as-needed basis based upon the preferences of each client and the determinations of his or her treatment team.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a foundational element of treatment at Westend Hospital. During group therapy sessions, clients who have been struggling with anxiety disorders have the opportunity to share their thoughts and insights, learn from the experiences of others, and practice healthy interpersonal communication skills, all under the guidance and supervision of experienced professionals. At Westend Hospital, group therapy sessions may be led by a nurse, social worker, or activity therapist. Groups are held on a daily basis. While the specific content of any group will be influenced by the contributions of group members, the following are among the general topics that may be addressed:
- Anger management
- Coping skills
- Grief therapy
- Medication compliance and management
- Relapse prevention
- Stress management
Activity therapy: Clients who are being treated for anxiety disorders at Westend Hospital also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activity therapy sessions. Activity therapy features several innovative and interactive techniques that can help individuals to manage their symptoms. Activity therapy also offers customized instruction in how to make the healthiest and most productive use of a client’s leisure time, and provides clients with new skills that they can develop and enjoy long after they have returned home.
Family therapy: At Westend Hospital, we are keenly aware of the impact that a client’s struggles with anxiety disorders can have on loved ones, and we also understand the essential role that family members can play in a client’s continued progress during and after he or she is in treatment with us. For these reasons, we are proud to provide family therapy sessions on an as-needed basis. Conducted by an experienced social worker, family therapy sessions allow loved ones to address personal concerns, strengthen familial bonds, and learn how best to support the client’s continued healing after he or she has returned home.
The goal of Westend Hospital is to provide clients who have been struggling with anxiety disorders with the assessments, treatment, and continuing support that they need, based upon their unique strengths, needs, and goals. To learn more about our programming, please contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if Westend Hospital is the perfect place for you or someone you care about.