Life with an Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety is a common mental health disorder. In fact, it’s estimated that 40 million adults in the United States have an anxiety disorder. Some people don’t need mental health services to manage their condition on a day to day basis. However, current events that trigger feelings of heightened stress can cause many to become more aware of their anxiety. Some may require additional support to manage their condition. Here’s what you should know.

Treatment

Anxiety disorders may be rooted in genetic or environmental factors, or they could co-occur with issues like depression or substance abuse. Because of this, an individualized treatment approach is necessary. What works best may vary from person to person. Mental health professionals can help guide you in this journey.

For example, psychotherapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be very effective for phobias and social anxiety. Others use prescribed medication to control their anxiety symptoms. Make sure your doctor helps you understand potential benefits and side effects of any medication so you can make an informed treatment decision.

Living to the Fullest

While medications or treatment programs can make a huge difference in helping you manage your anxiety, so too can basic lifestyle changes. Start by learning what triggers your anxiety. This could be drug or alcohol use, a lack of sleep, or even interacting with certain people. Avoiding anxiety triggers will make your daily routine much easier. Meditation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques can also help you relax and clear your mind so you can think clearly and positively.

At OneEighty, our compassionate team is equipped to help you cope with anxiety or other underlying issues that may be contributing to your mental heath. Our mental health services will help you get the support you need for a brighter future. Contact us at 330.264.8498