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Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety Disorder

You walk into your morning meeting and feel your heart begin to race. The dread overwhelms you and makes it hard to focus. If this sounds familiar, you may be struggling with an anxiety disorder. Bold Steps Behavioral Health understands the challenges those with anxiety face and provides customized treatment plans to help clients manage symptoms. Through counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and more, Bold Steps empowers people to take control of anxiety. Take the first step toward recovery and contact us at 717.896.1880 today.

What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

  • A Persistent State of Worry

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by excessive, uncontrollable worrying that persists for months. People with GAD feel anxious most days, struggling to control their anxiety about various issues like work, health, family, or money.

  • Physical Symptoms

Beyond the mental anguish, GAD causes physical symptoms like fatigue, muscle tension, headaches, nausea, and difficulty sleeping. These somatic effects can be just as debilitating as the psychological ones.

  • Impact on Daily Life

The constant worry and physical distress make it extremely difficult for those with GAD to function normally at work, home, or in social situations. Basic activities become major sources of dread and avoidance behaviors set in, severely restricting one’s quality of life.

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Physical Symptoms

You may experience a racing heart, muscle tension, fatigue, trembling, sweating, nausea or headaches. Your body’s “fight or flight” response is constantly activated.

  • Mental Symptoms

Your mind is consumed by excessive, uncontrollable worries about routine matters like health, family, work or finances. You feel restless, irritable and have trouble concentrating or sleeping.

  • Social Impact

Generalized anxiety can take a toll on relationships and responsibilities. You may avoid certain situations due to irrational fears or have difficulty relaxing and quieting your worried inner voice.

The persistent, exaggerated anxiety impairs daily functioning in multiple areas of your life. Seeking professional treatment is crucial for managing generalized anxiety disorder’s debilitating physical and psychological effects.

Causes of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Biological Factors

Anxiety disorders may be caused by an imbalance of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Genetics also play a role – those with family members who experience anxiety are more likely to develop it themselves.

  • Environmental Triggers

Stressful life events like trauma, abuse, or major life changes can trigger anxiety disorders. Substance abuse, caffeine, and certain medications may also exacerbate symptoms.

  • Medical Conditions

Generalized anxiety can take a toll on relationships and responsibilities. You may avoid certain situations due to irrational fears or have difficulty relaxing and quieting your worried inner voice.

The persistent, exaggerated anxiety impairs daily functioning in multiple areas of your life. Seeking professional treatment is crucial for managing generalized anxiety disorder’s debilitating physical and psychological effects.

  • Unhealthy Thought Patterns

Negative thought cycles, unrealistic expectations, and catastrophizing minor issues can reinforce anxious feelings over time. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps reframe unhelpful thinking styles.

Through therapy, lifestyle changes, and sometimes medication, the root causes of generalized anxiety disorder can be identified and addressed for better management. Early treatment is key for lasting relief.

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A Bold Approach

Why choose Bold Steps Behavioral Health?

COMMUNITY

You never walk alone. From 1:1 counseling to group talk therapy, we cultivate an environment of compassion and support

DIGNITY

We take a holistic view of patients during the recovery process, providing individualized care with an emphasis on comfort and respect.

HARMONY

Recovery touches every part of your life, and we give clients the tools and mindset they need to thrive in work, life, and relationships.

Getting Help for Anxiety Disorder

If anxiety is impacting your daily life, seeking professional help is crucial. At Bold Steps Behavioral Health, we offer comprehensive treatment plans tailored to your needs.

  • Therapy Options
  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps identify and change negative thought patterns.
  2. Exposure Therapy gradually exposes you to anxiety-inducing situations in a safe environment.
  3. Mindfulness-Based Therapies teach coping techniques to manage anxiety.
  • Treatment Programs

Our intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs provide structured, specialized care. Groups focus on developing skills to manage anxiety symptoms and improve daily functioning.

  • Medication Management

In some cases, anti-anxiety medications may be recommended in conjunction with therapy. Our psychiatrists work closely with you to find the right medication and dosage.

Therapy & Treatment for Anxiety at Bold Steps

At Bold Steps Behavioral Health, we understand anxiety’s crippling effects. Our evidence-based therapy programs empower you to manage symptoms and reclaim your life.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a highly effective treatment for anxiety disorders. Our therapists guide you to identify and change negative thought patterns fueling anxious feelings. You’ll develop coping strategies to interrupt the anxiety cycle.

  • Exposure Therapy

Avoidance reinforces anxiety’s control. Through gradual, guided exposure, you’ll desensitize to anxiety triggers in a safe environment. Overcoming avoidance restores your confidence.

  • Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques

Calming the mind and body is crucial for anxiety management. Our therapists teach mindfulness practices like meditation, deep breathing exercises, and progressive muscle relaxation. You’ll cultivate present-moment awareness and interrupt anxious spiraling.

  • Support and Skills Groups

Connecting with others facing similar struggles provides validation and hope. Our anxiety support groups offer a caring environment to share experiences and learn practical skills for coping.

Take the First Step

Through small daily victories and gradual exposure, you can overcome anxiety’s stronghold in your life. The caring experts at Bold Steps Behavioral Health provide research-backed treatment plans to help you thrive. Our cognitive behavioral therapy assists you in identifying unhelpful thought patterns, while the exposure therapy gently guides you into anxiety-provoking situations in a safe, controlled way. With compassion and expertise, we walk beside you on the path to reclaiming your freedom. You possess the courage within to take bold steps forward. Contact Bold Steps today at 717.896.1880 to begin your uplifting journey of healing and growth. 

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