Anxiety disorders are a group of disorders that cause intense stress and worry about everyday situations. While some amount of anxiety can be productive and protective, people who struggle with anxiety disorders experience anxiety in such a way that it interferes with daily life. You may find that you’re constantly on-edge, unable to relax for even a moment. Others may be up all night worrying about their health, bills, and other daily stressors. Anxiety may keep you trapped in your home for fear of triggering anxiety symptoms in a public setting. You may be plagued by fears that you know are irrational but are unable to stop worrying about them. Others may live with a feeling of dread overshadowing their lives. Anxiety disorders can be tremendously challenging to manage, but with the right combination of medication, self-help strategies, and therapies, it can be overcome.
At Highland Ridge Hospital, we understand that anxiety disorders can affect people of all ages. We’ve successfully helped children, adults, and older adults overcome their anxiety disorders and returned them to their previous level of functioning to allow them to rejoin their communities to lead a happy, health, and productive life.
How to Help A Loved One Seek Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
When your loved one is struggling with an anxiety disorder, it can be tremendously painful to watch as he or she spirals downward. You may not know what to say, or be afraid to say anything because you don’t want to make the situation any worse. Saying something and guiding your loved one into inpatient treatment for anxiety disorders can make a world of difference. Here are some strategies for speaking to your loved one about treatment:
Help yourself first – The emotions you may feel about your loved one’s anxiety disorder may be overwhelming. It’s natural to feel guilt, sadness, stress, and anger about these disorders, which is why you need to seek care for yourself. Join a local support group or find a therapist who specializes in anxiety disorders to allow you the space to process your emotions.
Be an advocate – One of the most important roles you can play in the recovery from anxiety disorders is that of your loved one’s advocate. Learn as much as you can about your loved one’s disorder. Offer to take him or her to doctor’s appointments. Listen to what the doctor has to say and make sure his or her approach is appropriate for what your loved one is experiencing.
Find treatment options – One of the hardest steps for people struggling with anxiety disorders is making the decision to enter treatment. While your loved one may not initially respond favorably to the suggestion of treatment, it’s important to research inpatient treatment options for him or her. Call ahead and see if you can arrange a tour. Go to the appointment armed with a list of questions to ease your anxiety about the center and assuage your loved one at the same time.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment for Anxiety Disorders?
Left untreated, anxiety disorders can cause problems in every part of your life. You may realize that the anxiety is keeping you from participating in once-pleasurable activities. You may have withdrawn socially from friends and family, certain that they cannot understand how you are feeling. You may have trouble holding down a job or participating in school due to the constant worry and stress. Anxiety can prevent you from living life to its fullest.
An inpatient program to treat anxiety disorders is one of the most appropriate ways of kick-starting recovery from anxiety disorders as it allows you the opportunity to escape the stress and anxiety over everyday life and focus upon the one thing that truly matters – recovery. Anxiety disorders respond quite well to treatment – usually within a particularly short period of time. The specific treatment approach for treating anxiety disorders will vary based upon the severity and type of anxiety disorder you’re experiencing. Inpatient care for anxiety disorders allows you to begin the process of healing and learning more appropriate ways of managing your anxiety.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Highland Ridge Hospital aims to provide high quality treatment for children, adults, and older adults who are struggling with anxiety disorders. We know that each person who comes to us for help is a unique individual who requires an individualized plan of care that involves innovative treatment approaches for his or her stay with us. At Highland Ridge, we believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We seek to treat each person who comes to us for help with the dignity, respect, compassion, and care they deserve so that they can return to their communities a happy, productive person.
Treatment Options for Anxiety Disorders at Highland Ridge Hospital
When you come to us for help, you’ll undergo a series of evaluations that are designed to help our care team create treatment recommendations that match your individual needs. Our medical evaluation will determine if there are any medical components to your anxiety and help us to determine if you’ve been self-medicating your anxiety with drugs or alcohol. Our psychiatric evaluation will allow us to determine how severe your anxiety disorder is, the type of anxiety disorder, and the presence of co-occurring mental disorders. Our clinical treatment team will sit down with you and begin to work out a plan of care for your stay with us based around the results of your evaluation.
Medication may be a part of your treatment approach. Some people find that they only need medication at the beginning of treatment to help lessen some of the more unpleasant symptoms. Others may need longer term medication therapy to manage co-occurring disorders.
Individual therapy is provided to allow each person who comes to us the opportunity to work one-on-one with a therapist to delve into issues you may not be comfortable sharing in group. You may discuss anxiety triggers, relapse prevention, and coping mechanisms.
Group therapy can be immensely helpful for people who have anxiety disorders as it allows you to connect with others who are struggling with similar disorders. Through group, you can work together to grow, learn, and heal. We offer both psychoeducational and process-based groups that may include topics such as anger management, stress reduction, and coping skills.
Family is a very important part of recovery from anxiety disorders and we aim to involve your loved ones in your care. Sessions will focus on the ways in which anxiety disorders have impacted your loved ones, education about anxiety disorders, and discussion of the treatment you are undergoing. We’ll also connect your loved ones with outside resources to allow for their continued healing.
As a holistic treatment center, Highland Ridge Hospital aims to offer a variety of experiential treatment options to accompany traditional therapies. These may include:
- Art therapy
- Pet therapy
- Recreation therapy
- Leisure time
- Craft time
- Movie nights
- Wii games
- Gym & exercise time
- Puzzles, cards, and board games
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
Highland Ridge Hospital is proud to offer a variety of options for care for our community. We offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP) that allow many of the therapies and benefits of our inpatient program, only patients return home for the evenings. We also offer a variety of inpatient treatment options for those who need a structured environment to begin their healing. No matter what level of care you need, Highland Ridge Hospital is ready to help you.
As your time with us draws to an end, we’ll work with you to establish an aftercare plan that meets your continued recovery goals. Our discharge planner will work with you to determine the next stop on your treatment journey. Some of our patients opt to join our partial hospitalization program (PHP) or our intensive outpatient program (IOP), both of which offer similar structure to our inpatient program, only you go home in the evenings. Other patients may feel they’ve made enough progress with us to discharge to home with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy and community resources.
Serving all of Central and Northern Utah
Our treatment center is in Salt Lake City (Midvale) and serves residents from all over Central and Northern Utah. Call one of our admissions counselors today for a free, confidential screening to see how Highland Ridge can help you regain a happy, healthy life.