Feeling a little stressed or anxious sometimes can motivate you if the situation calls for it. But many people experience anxiety that significantly decreases the quality of life. That’s when a little stress can become one of the common anxiety disorders described below. Fortunately, Integrative Life Center understands how to approach mental health and deal with anxiety disorders in the most productive manner possible. Our experienced and compassionate counselors and therapists offer individuals a wide range of therapeutic options to choose from. Thus, when individuals come to Integrative Life Center, they can work with us to develop a customized plan to meet their specific needs by drawing on all the treatments we have to offer.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
When anxiety becomes chronic, you feel stressed even in a generally safe, laid back, or otherwise joyful situation. It may lead to insomnia. As a result, you’re caught in a vicious cycle since lack of sleep increases anxiety feelings.
General anxiety doesn’t just make you feel bad mentally. It also does tremendous damage to your body. The heart, blood vessels, immune system, brain, and more are all working overtime — all the time.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is an obsessive or repetitive behavior accompanied by overwhelming worry if you’re unable to complete the act.
For example, you might wake up in the middle of the night to see if the door is locked or the stove is turned off over and over. Or you might wash your hands, clean, count, or perform some other perfectly normal behavior ritualistically.
Panic Disorder involves sudden, intense feelings of terror that may cause physical symptoms like:
- Chest tightness
- Inability to breathe
- Passing out
For many, panic disorders can greatly hinder their work and personal lives.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is one of the common anxiety disorders that develop after you’ve been through a very traumatic event. In most cases, you thought you might die or suffer irreversible harm.
For example, war, terrorism, abuse, rape, and violent crime may bring on this condition.
Social Anxiety Disorder
if you have social anxiety, then you’re obsessively aware of your own words and actions in public. As a result, you feel negatively judged by everyone.
Avoiding social situations where you don’t feel safe may currently be your only protection from these feelings. But you can recover from this and other common anxiety disorders.
Strategies that Help Common Anxiety Disorders
No one strategy works for all common anxiety disorders. But a combination of certain strategies can help, such as:
- Breathwork therapy – Learn breathing techniques that can instantly stop many anxiety symptoms and, over time, reduce episodes and severity.
- Nutrition therapy – The foods you eat or don’t, could be making the condition worse, especially if you’re not getting adequate nutrition.
- Adventure therapy – This can be very effective for social anxiety because you’re active and learning to have fun socially.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy – Get to the root of self-sabotaging beliefs, thoughts, and actions and begin to replace them with healthier ones.
- Mindfulness meditation therapy – Become more present-focused, which can dissolve self-consciousness, anxiousness, and fear.
- Trauma-informed therapy – Get to the root traumas that have contributed to anxiety disorders and begin to heal them.
- Medication therapy- Prescribed medication may have a place. However, you may find you need it less as you progress with the above strategies.
The Integrative Live Center in Nashville offers these and other integrative healing approaches to those suffering from addiction and or mental health disorders.
So if anxiety is impacting your quality of life, health, and happiness, it’s time to take an integrative approach to healing. Call us at [Direct] to find out about our programs.