Generalized anxiety disorder, also known as GAD, is a particularly difficult condition to cope with as it causes individuals to experience severe worry and fear almost all of the time. The severity of this disorder can become so debilitating that some afflicted individuals find that they can no longer function in a normal, healthy, or productive manner.
Individuals who have developed generalized anxiety disorder usually cannot describe specific triggers to their anxiety. Instead, they often describe their mood as one of constant apprehension and fear. Generalized anxiety disorder involves irrational, overstated, or unwarranted anxiety that does not seem to be linked to a specific event, person, or object. Individuals who have GAD worry about ordinary commonplace events, even when there is no actual reason for the worry to exist.
At Options Behavioral Health, state-of-the-art treatment that is provided by an experienced team of professionals at our hospital has helped many people learn to manage the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. Options Behavioral Health is an 84-bed, free-standing psychiatric hospital devoted to providing a full continuum of care for adolescents, ages 12 to 18, adults, and older adults who are battling the symptoms of any number of mental health concerns, including generalized anxiety disorder. Individuals at our center can develop the skills and make the lifestyle changes that will empower them to pursue a healthier and more satisfying future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Options Behavioral Health
At Options Behavioral Health, we offer our patients several types of programming at our center that are tailored to meet their specific needs. Our center’s 24-hour physician and nursing staffs are dedicated to, not only getting to the cause of the presenting behavioral issues, but also to working with each patient and his or her family to educate them on the necessary steps they should take to prevent or cope with future issues.
The staff at Options Behavioral Health is committed to providing stabilization services to individuals at our hospital who are in need of acute care to treat symptoms of anxiety that have become exacerbated to the point that they are unable to continue functioning appropriately on a daily basis. When patients come to Options for the treatment of anxiety symptoms, they can rest assured that all measures will be taken to alleviate the distress that they are experiencing while at our hospital so that they can move on to receive continuing care in a less restrictive environment.
In order to ensure that all of our center’s patients are provided with comprehensive care during their time spent at Options Behavioral Health, the following interventions may be implemented into each patient’s individualized treatment plan:
Medication management: The use of certain medications may be beneficial in alleviating the symptoms that people experience as a result of generalized anxiety disorder. The implementation of any medication at our center will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending upon each individual’s specific needs. Patients who participate in programming at Options Behavioral Health will meet individually with the hospital’s psychiatrist or nurse practitioner five days each week for medication management services.
Individualized therapy: Individualized therapy can be very useful for people at our hospital who are struggling with anxiety as it affords them an opportunity to discuss the ways in which depression has affected their lives in an intimate setting. Our center’s patients are able to discuss possible causes for their anxiety, process through challenges that may arise while they are in treatment, and celebrate successes that they achieve.
Group therapy: Group therapy is one of the main types of treatment used in the treatment of anxiety symptoms at Options Behavioral Health. Each day, there are a number of different groups held, including one process group, two activity groups, and between two and four psychoeducation groups. The topics that are discussed and the activities that are partaken in during these group sessions can vary among the different age-specific programs, but may include the following:
- Identifying Patterns
- Power and Control
- Discharge Planning
- Anger Management
- Coping Skills
- Goals Groups
- Problem Formation / Solution
- Healthy Relationships
- Trust and Respect
- Creating Change
- Current Events
- Brain Games
- Arts and Crafts
- Reminiscent Therapy
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are designed to help our hospital’s patients and their family members explore the ways in which anxiety has affected the family dynamic as a whole. It can also serve as a time to teach family members about anxiety, recovery, and ongoing care, as well as to guide them in learning ways that they can best support their loved ones. Patients at our center will be afforded the opportunity to have at least one family therapy session during their time spent at Options Behavioral Health.
Experiential therapy: Experiential therapy opportunities are offered twice each day at our center and are incorporated into the activity therapy groups that patients participate in. The different types of experiential therapies that patients may engage at our center in include:
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Recreation Therapy
Recognizing that ongoing care is often essential in facilitating lasting healing from generalized anxiety disorder, the staff at Options Behavioral Health works diligently with patients to develop thorough discharge plans and arrange for aftercare supports. The therapists in each of our hospital’s program facilitate discharge and aftercare planning by assisting patients in scheduling follow-up outpatient therapy sessions within seven days of their discharge. When necessary, psychiatric appointments are also scheduled at the time of discharge. Therapists work with patients to assess what other types of resources and referrals may be beneficial in their specific situations and will help make those arrangements as well.