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Anxiety – also known as Generalised Anxiety Disorder, is the body’s natural response to stress. Those who experiences stress in their lives will often also experience some form of anxiety. As unsettling as it may feel, it’s the bodies natural response that can believe it or not help us in situations where we might feel uncomfortable or not in control. When this gets too much, we may need expert treatment to help us learn how to manage stress better.

Many of us experience ongoing feelings of anxiety, even when we aren’t stressed. Our body can enter in to fight or flight mode and as a result, we tend to feel hyperaware, short of breath and panicked in situations when we should be calm and composed.

What is anxiety?

Globally, anxiety disorders affect almost 300 million people.

Anxiety is actually a healthy thing to feel. It keeps up alert and prepared for events that might take place, like a job interview or exam. It only becomes problematic when we feel anxious in unwarranted, uncontrollable ways. As a result, it can impair our judgement and paralyse our ability to act in certain situations.

The National Health Service in the UK defines Generalised Anxiety Disorder as:

‘People with GAD feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. As soon as one anxious thought is resolved, another may appear about a different issue.’

Anxiety may present itself in different situations throughout their life. For some people, it might be their job that is making them anxious. For others, it might be social situations.

If you’re wanting to overcome anxiety, it’s vital to recognise in what situations make you feel anxious and begin to understand what triggers the anxiety so you can begin to address why you may feel this way.

What are the types of anxiety disorders?

Anxiety plays a vital role in many different disorders, including:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic disorders
  • Social anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviours (OCD)
  • Separation anxiety disorders
  • Illness anxiety disorders
  • Substance abuse and alcohol addiction
  • Gambling addiction

Often people who enter rehab seeking treatment for severe anxiety, are facing with a dual diagnosis often experiencing another disorder, too. To get to the root cause of the anxiety, one must first address their primary addiction or ailment.

Signs and symptoms of anxiety:

  • Shortness of breath, Increased heart rate, Restlessness, Trouble concentrating
  • Insomnia or difficulty falling asleep,Faintness or dizziness, Dry mouth and wheezing breath, Sweating
  • Hot flashes, Restlessness, Distress or severe fear about something, Numbness or tingling, Worry or paralysis

Anxiety treatment

The treatment for anxiety is based on how severely the person is affected by it in everyday life.

There are various treatments for Generalised Anxiety Disorder, including psychotherapy, holistic wellness practices, and medication. In a rehab environment, you will likely benefit from a combination of treatments, receiving tailored support and guidance from experts who can help you understand your anxiety and work towards erasing it for good.

Taking ownership of your anxiety recovery

Treatment of Anxiety at Sydney Detox isn’t a passive experience. While you’re in our care, you’ll be expected and encouraged to be active and engaged in your treatment program, working with your therapist to uncover the underlying reasons causing your anxiety.

Depending on your strengths, needs, and goals, your treatment plan may include various different treatment approaches, from holistic wellness practices like meditation and art therapy, to evidence-based treatments like CBT and psychotherapy. Your willingness and ability to work with your therapist will ensure that you’re receiving the services that are right for you in the manner that is most conducive to helping you achieve your goals.

Our experts at Sydney Detox understand all aspects of Generalised Anxiety Disorders treatments. Anxiety affects everyone to a degree, some people just require special guidance to get them through a particularly difficult time in their life.

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