Stress and fear are a normal part of life. When the source of that stress and fear passes, usually, so does the emotion. It’s when the reactions to stressors are more intense—or happen for no reason at all—that anxiety can become debilitating and require outside help.
Integro uses integrated methods to look at your entire situation and plan treatments tailored to your needs. Whether the anxiety has roots in genetics, a medical condition, or is the side effect of a medication or drug, our team can define a plan that works through a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes.
Everyone experiences stress about health, money, family, and work, and with good reason. When you begin to worry even when things are going well, are always expecting the worst, or experience fear beyond normal reasoning, this could be an indicator of an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are typically diagnosed when the symptoms happen most days for six months or longer. Symptoms can include sleep problems, trembling or twitching, tense muscles, lightheadedness, being easily startled, unable to relax, or unable to concentrate. If generalized anxiety is causing disruption to everyday life, treatment may be in order.
Panic attacks can disrupt everyday life. Symptoms can be similar to a heart attack: pounding heart, sweating, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, numbness, changes in temperature, and even overwhelming fear with no specific cause. All of these are signs of a panic attack. Just having one can be a trying experience. If you have experienced at least four attacks and live in fear of having another, it’s likely that you have a panic disorder. It’s important to take panic disorders seriously to prevent interference with everyday life.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is made up of two parts: obsessions, which are unfounded thoughts, fears, and worries that you know are unreasonable and unrealistic but won’t go away; and compulsions, which are repetitive acts or rituals that are meant to ease the anxiety caused by the obsessions. The obsessions can cause a great deal of anxiety on their own, and the rituals used to keep the obsessions in check can be time-consuming or otherwise disruptive. Our team can design an integrated treatment plan to help you live a full, normal life.
Experiencing fear after a traumatizing event is normal, and it can be difficult to process those emotions right away. In general, the fear and anxiety surrounding the event slowly fades, it’s when the anxiety won’t go away that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) becomes a likely diagnosis. PTSD causes intense and recurring fear and often forces the client to relive their trauma through nightmares, flashbacks, and intrusive and very vivid memories. Behavioral health services can provide help if you have lived through traumatic circumstances and can support you as you move forward with your life.
Some situations are scary to be in. It’s when this fear gets overwhelming, uncontrollable, or irrational that it can interfere with daily life. When you go to great lengths to avoid an object, situation, or activity because of this fear, particularly when no real danger is present, you could have a phobia. Phobias come in three different types:
These are fears of objects or situations that aren’t likely to cause harm under normal circumstances—flying, dogs, closed-in places, tunnels, and heights are common examples of fears. People with specific phobias that are easy to avoid might not seek treatment, but when career or personal decisions are made with the phobia in mind, untreated phobias can disrupt lives.
Before, during, and after an event or outing that requires being around people may cause some to experience high levels of anxiety or discomfort. If you have this phobia, you could be afraid of embarrassing yourself or afraid of what other people will think of you. When this begins to interfere with your career or relationships, it can become a problem.
People with agoraphobia often avoid leaving home or being in situations outside of the home that cause discomfort or fear. This fear is associated with panic attacks and concern of being in places or situations where it is difficult to leave. This can lead to you being unable to leave home at all.
Behavioral health conditions can be treated with support and an integrated approach. Integro can help.