Worry is a common feeling everyone experiences in their lives. However, for some people, it can take over their life. Anxiety is a very serious mental health disorder that impacts a person’s livelihood and well-being. There can be many levels of anxiety one can struggle with. Even symptoms can occur, such as isolation, health problems, and irrational behavior.
We understand how difficult it is to manage anxiety on a daily basis. Therefore, we offer anxiety treatment in Los Angeles for those who need to cope with their anxiety and begin to live a comfortable life. Our team will provide patients with professional help in order to effectively calm the mind and relax the body from any worries that become overwhelming.
When one is faced with an event and is unsure about the outcome, it’s natural to feel worried. Giving a speech and driving at night in bad weather are common examples of situations that make people nervous. However, once they start to feel more confident about the situation, the worry goes away.
Anxiety is different. It’s like a much more powerful version of worry that affects the mental and physical health. It causes not only severe emotional distress, but also physical symptoms that are hard to cope with.
While worry is a temporary feeling triggered by specific situations, anxiety is part of an ongoing problem. For instance, it’s normal to feel nervous when driving at night in harsh weather. But if someone avoids driving altogether because they’re afraid the weather might turn bad, they’re dealing with anxiety. Our anxiety treatment in Los Angeles can help overcome these feelings in order to live a life free of excess worry and stress.
When someone is nervous about an upcoming event, they might feel “butterflies” in their stomach when they think about it. That’s a mild feeling that doesn’t persist and doesn’t prevent them from taking part in the event.
Anxiety is different. It causes a wide range of physical and mental symptoms that tend to linger, affecting their ability to manage everyday life.
Physical anxiety symptoms are caused by a body response called “fight-or-flight.” It evolved in ancient humans to help them escape from danger. During the fight-or-flight response, the adrenal glands release adrenaline. This helps supply the brain and body with more oxygen, so they’re ready to react instinctively—to fight danger or run from it.
As a result:
Fight-or-flight helped our ancient ancestors escape danger, but these days, we rarely face the kind of physical danger they did. Still, one’s fight-or-flight response can kick in when the brain perceives:
While the fight-or-flight response is most often triggered by worry or fear, humans still feel the physical effects. Even though there’s usually no threat to one’s survival, someone’s powerful imagination builds on the physical effects, turning a minor worry into a major threat.
Some physical symptoms of anxiety include:
Emotional and mental symptoms of anxiety include:
Worry is normal, but when worry turns into anxiety, it can have serious long-term effects, often affecting how someone lives their life. For instance, someone who is anxious about public speaking may avoid situations where they have to speak in public. Someone who has social anxiety may avoid all social situations—even generally happy ones.
When anxiety stops someone from doing something they want or need to do, or it prevents them from having a full and balanced life, it’s time to seek help. If anxiety interferes with the way one wants to live, they might benefit from anxiety treatment in Los Angeles.
In some cases, anxiety centers on a particular thing or event. For instance, some people have health-related anxiety. They fear that minor physical symptoms are signs of serious illness. Others develop social anxiety, which causes them to feel anxious in a wide range of social situations, like parties. They often avoid social events altogether.
Some people feel anxious about many different things, on an ongoing basis. This is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). People with GAD tend to believe that disaster is just around the corner. The level of anxiety they experience means they often have difficulty just getting through the day.
How Does Depression Fit In?
Many people with depression also have an anxiety disorder, but depression and anxiety have different patterns of emotional and behavioral changes. Anxiety causes strong feelings of fear and worry. Depression causes one to feel sad, hopeless, and disinterested in or discouraged about life.
Anxiety is a difficult problem to overcome, especially if it’s a long-standing one. At CAST, we offer full anxiety treatment plans to help people with:
The CAST anxiety treatment in Los Angeles, and other mental health issues, centers on the CAST alignment model (CAM). This unique treatment program method helps people connect their mental, emotional, and spiritual selves—to empower their lives.
Do you want to live your live free from the anxiety that holds you back? If you’ve lived with anxiety for a long time, it can be hard to remember what life was like without it. Just imagine waking up every morning, eager to greet the day instead of fearful about what it might bring. Imagine being willing to try new things, even though you might fail. Imagine walking through your day with confidence.
You won’t free yourself from anxiety by hoping for it to disappear. Anxiety treatment may not be easy, but it’s worth the effort. It takes hard work and a willingness to confront your own limitations. If you’re ready to work—with our support—to change the patterns of thinking that hinder you, you’re ready to make a start!
It’s all possible—and it all begins at CAST Centers. Are you ready to change your life? Contact us today for anxiety treatment.
CAST Centers is in network with Anthem Blue Cross, MHN Health Net and accepts most PPO insurances like Cigna, Aetna and UnitedHealthcare.