Life isn’t supposed to be filled with worry and fear. But for individuals suffering from an anxiety disorder, life can feel burdensome and frightening, with fear overwhelming every aspect of life and excessive worrying keeping sufferers from their day-to-day activities.
Anxiety disorders are serious medical illnesses that affect many people. These disorders are chronic, relentless and if left untreated, can grow progressively worse. A person’s life can be disrupted by sudden and incapacitating panic attacks or they are hit with unbearable and pervasive feelings of unrest from anxiety.
Left untreated, an anxiety disorder can cause serious emotional problems, relationship problems and even lead to major health issues. The good news is that relief is a real possibility. In fact, the treatment at Brookhaven Hospital has a proven track record of success.
By offering a safe and supportive environment with a team of professional caregivers, Brookhaven Hospital offers real hope and results for individuals suffering from an anxiety disorder. Our inpatient and outpatient programs are designed to address and treat the specific issues that accompany anxiety disorders. In a recent study, more than 91% of our patients felt that the staff at Brookhaven treated to them as a person and not just a patient in addition to being helpful. We believe in treating the whole person, not just the anxiety disorder.
If you or someone you know is dealing with an anxiety disorder, you may notice the following symptoms:
- Fear or avoidance of social situations
- Excessive worrying and anxiety
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle Tension
- Sleep disturbances
- Recurring or persistent thoughts, impulses or images
- Repetitive behaviors such as hand washing, counting, or repeating words
- Distressing dreams
- Feeling as though a traumatic event is constantly recurring
- Panic attacks with a sudden and unpredictable onset
Social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, is another type of anxiety disorder. It causes individuals to feel an overwhelming sense of anxiety and self-consciousness in what seem to be everyday situations. Individuals suffering from social anxiety experience persistent and intense fears of being watched and judged by others. Their worries might be so severe that they can feel unable to deal with them.
Social anxiety disorder may lead individuals to retreat into themselves and avoid activities that they might otherwise enjoy. While it may feel crippling, help is available.
Brookhaven Hospital understands the specific needs of individuals experiencing social anxiety disorder. By providing a safe, supportive environment through our inpatient residential and outpatient programs, we are able to provide personal care for individuals suffering from this disorder.
Symptoms of social anxiety disorder include:
- Intense fear of social situations
- Avoidance of social situations
- Physical symptoms such as a rapid heartbeat, upset stomach, trembling, sweating, tense muscles and blushing
Having an anxiety disorder is treatable. Take a step towards recovery by contacting Brookhaven Hospital today at 888-298-4673.