Anxiety Disorder Treatment
Symptoms of Anxiety in Men to Look for
Although occasional anxiety happens daily, anxiety disorders involve much more than short-term apprehension or fear of making a big decision or taking a test. Anxiety disorders are mental health issues categorized by intense feelings and symptoms that may worsen over time.
Symptoms of anxiety disorders in men often interfere significantly with social relationships and frequently co-occur with addiction as men misuse alcohol and drugs to manage their anxiety.
MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Men with a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) display excessive anxiety or worry about loved ones, health, work, social interactions, and everyday life tasks. The frequency of their symptoms occurs most days over a six-month period and may be difficult to control.
Other GAD symptoms include:
- Feeling restless, tense, or edgy
- Easily fatigued
- Difficulty concentrating
- Brain fog or blanking out
- Muscle tension
- Inability to fall or stay asleep
- Insomnia and resulting tiredness
Panic attacks are intense bouts of fear. They onset rapidly and peak within a few minutes. Individuals with panic disorders suffer from frequent unanticipated panic attacks that can be debilitating. Triggers can be a fearful situation, object, or interaction with a particular person. During a panic attack, people may experience symptoms such as:
- Heart palpitations
- Accelerated or pounding heartbeat
- Shortness of breath, choking, or smothering
- Feelings of impending disaster
- Feelings of no control
People with a panic disorder may avoid specific situations, social interactions, behaviors, or places they associate with panic attacks to prevent a panic attack. The anxiety of a potential panic attack and the effort to avoid it causes men significant problems and stress.
Separation Anxiety Disorder
Men with a separation anxiety disorder may avoid being alone and experience nightmares about being separated from attachment figures. These men have an underlying fear that something terrible will happen to that individual. Stomach pain and headaches are common.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Men with a social anxiety disorder experience intense fear of classrooms or workplaces. The pressure to perform publicly is particularly frightening. These men worry so much about the associated embarrassment and negativity; they avoid social situations and feel isolated.
Extreme fear or aversion to specific things or situations is known as phobia. Phobias create anxiety that is out of proportion to the danger posed by an object or a problem. Phobias may include the fear of heights, airplanes, animals, insects, reptiles, or blood.
Individuals with a phobia may experience:
- Excessive or irrational fear of contact with an object or situation
- Active steps of avoidance of the feared object or situation
- Immediate, intense anxiety upon encountering the feared situation or object
- Unavoidable conditions and things result in severe anxiety
Men with agoraphobia will have an extreme fear of two or more of the following situations and will avoid them:
- Enclosed spaces
- Open spaces
- Public transportation
- Lines or crowds of people
These men fear an impending panic attack or other embarrassing experience if they cannot leave the scary situation. As a result, they may become housebound.
Integrated Anxiety Disorder Treatment Is Key
An approach like the one we provided at Origins Recovery Center includes comprehensive therapeutic resources to help heal men physically, psychologically, and spiritually. Every person is unique. Some anxiety disorders precede the onset of substance use, and others start later.
Comprehensive treatment for men with anxiety disorders should include:
- Ongoing psychiatric services
- Medical care and appropriate medication
- Family education
- Life skills training
- Spiritual care services
- Continuing care planning
- Evidence-based therapies
- Case management
Our Treatment Approach to Anxiety
At Origins Recovery Center, our individualized anxiety disorder treatment plans take a man’s total well-being in mind by addressing the health of their body, mind, and spirit. Comprehensive behavioral health assessments ensure that co-occurring anxiety disorders get evaluated and treated.
The treatment of co-occurring anxiety symptoms in men must coincide with the same treatment team to be effective in the exact location. In our multidisciplinary, medically intensive program, highly trained professionals offer co-occurring anxiety disorders simultaneous treatment.
One-on-one sessions with their primary therapists and detailed clinical interviews form the basis of an individual treatment plan. Our treatment teams treat men’s physical and mental well-being and their spiritual and psychological needs.
Our staff includes medical professionals, licensed therapists, and psychiatrists who meet daily to discuss each patient’s case and develop solutions. Our integrated, specialized treatment helps improve outcomes and quality of life.
People Can and Do Recover
With the proper approach to co-occurring disorders, men succeed in leading hopeful, courageous. Personalized, integrated, intensive treatment is the key. Individuals with co-occurring disorders deserve long-term support and therapeutic interventions.
Origins Recovery Center in South Padre Island, Texas recognizes that co-occurring anxiety and substance use disorders are interrelated and require concurrent treatment.