If you’re struggling with an anxiety disorder, you probably know the ways in which the symptoms are impacting your life. Anxiety is a perfectly normally emotion that most people feel from time to time when facing a problem at work or school or before making an important decision. Anxiety disorders, however, are far different than standard feelings of anxiety – these disorders, including panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder, can lead to such distress that it interferes with a person’s ability to lead a normal life. Coping with an anxiety disorder can be tremendously challenging, leading you to act in ways you normally wouldn’t and preventing you from living your life. Left untreated, anxiety disorders can be crippling and disabling.
Fortunately, with the right combination of treatments and medications, people who have anxiety disorders are able to learn to lead a happy, productive life. Pacific Grove Hospital is a 68-bed voluntary treatment clinic that has helped countless adults age 18 and up learn skills needed to cope with anxiety disorders, adjust medications, and to manage their anxiety disorders. We empower our clients by allowing them to take a central role in their treatment and recovery. At Pacific Grove Hospital, we can help you take control of your anxiety and instill a sense of hope in your ability to recover.
How to Help a Loved One or Family Member Seek Treatment
If your loved one has been struggling with an anxiety disorder, you probably feel helpless as you watch them spiral downward into crippling anxiety. As their life becomes smaller and smaller, you may find that you’re stuck covering many of their responsibilities. You may feel frustrated, angry, and guilty for your emotions. You know that your loved one needs help to overcome his or her anxiety disorder but you may not know how to guide him or her into treatment. Here are some tips for gently guiding your loved one into treatment for anxiety disorders:
Understand anxiety disorders: One of the best ways you can help you and your loved one is by learning all you can about anxiety disorders. This can help you understand the best treatment options for anxiety disorders, explain some of the symptoms your loved one may exhibit, and empower yourself.
Unconditional support: Anxiety disorders, like other mental illnesses, are not a choice, and your loved one has not chosen to experience the symptoms he or she faces. Offer your loved one unconditional love and support for his or her disorder, but do make sure that you impart the fact that your loved one does need to take charge and seek help for his or her disorder.
Research treatment for anxiety disorders: There are a number of ways that anxiety disorders are treated. Call local treatment facilities to determine what their protocol is for treatment of anxiety disorders. When you find a facility that best matches your loved one’s needs, make an appointment to tour the campus with your loved one to alleviate any stress or anxiety about entering an inpatient center.
Why Those In Riverside & Corona, CA Should Seek Inpatient Treatment at Pacific Grove Hospital
If you’re coping with an untreated or improperly managed anxiety disorder, you may have watched helplessly as your life began to spin out of control. You may awake each morning hoping that your anxiety will abate only to find that you’re racked with such anxiety that you can’t even get out of bed. Unable to complete responsibilities at work and school, you may be on the verge of getting fired or flunking your classes, which further increases your anxiety. Attempts to control your anxiety may have led to drug or alcohol use, which helped for a short while until you became addicted. You may not know if it’s worth it to continue battling and you may feel like giving up. It’s time to regain control of your life.
A clinic for anxiety disorders that combines medication management with a number of therapeutic interventions has been shown to be one of the best ways to control symptoms of intense anxiety. Inpatient treatment centers allow clients to escape the stresses and pressures of daily life in order to focus solely upon what matters most – recovery. Through an inpatient program, clients will learn tips for coping with anxiety triggers, adjust medication as appropriate, and bond with others struggling with similar disorders.
Our Treatment Clinic’s Philosophy
Pacific Grove Hospital truly understands the challenges of living with anxiety disorders and we understand that the choice to enter treatment is a brave decision – we are privileged to be a part of your recovery journey. We strive to provide a memorable healing experience for both our clients and their loved ones. Our clinic’s private campus treats clients who are motivated to work with our staff to return to their previous level of functioning. Pacific Grove treats the whole person – not simply the symptoms of anxiety disorders – which ensures that each individualized plan of care meets all a client’s needs – mind, body, and soul.
Treatment Options for Anxiety Disorders at Pacific Grove Hospital
When you first come to Pacific Grove Hospital, located convenient to Riverside & Corona, CA, you’ll undergo a variety of assessments to allow us to determine the best ways in which we can meet your needs. The medical exam will let us see if your anxiety disorders have been precipitated by a physical illness while our psychiatric evaluation will diagnose any co-occurring, comorbid mental health disorders, such as depressive disorders. We’ll take the results of these evaluations and sit down with you and your loved ones to create a plan of care for your stay with us.
Medication may be used at the beginning of your stay at our center to reduce unhelpful anxiety symptoms. Some people may taper down their medication during their stay with us as they learn more adaptive coping mechanisms. Others may require more long term medication management to treat anxiety disorders or any co-occurring mental health disorders.
Individual therapy can be very helpful for people with anxiety disorders as it allows for one-on-one time to discuss the ways in which anxiety disorders have impacted your life. Many of our therapists find that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a helpful tool for helping our clients with anxiety disorders. Through CBT, you’ll learn to identify and change unhealthy thought patterns so that you can learn to see the world in a healthier manner.
Group therapy can be tremendously valuable for people with anxiety disorders as often the symptoms of the disorder have led to social isolation in the person’s life. Groups will allow you to interact with others struggling with similar disorders so that you can all grow, learn, and heal. Groups may focus on topics such as coping with anxiety triggers, managing stress, and co-occurring disorders.
Family therapy is vital to recovery and we aim to involve family in all aspects of your care and recovery. Through family sessions, we’ll educate your loved ones about anxiety disorders, connect them with community resources for their healing, and focus upon ways in which your loved ones can support you during your recovery.
Pacific Grove Hospital offers a number of experiential methods designed to treat the whole person. These additional therapeutic methods include:
- Recreational therapy
- Expressive therapy
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
As your time for discharge draws to a close, we will work closely with you and your loved ones to ensure that you have an appropriate aftercare plan in place before you leave our clinic’s doors. We’ll work with you and your loved ones to ensure you have appropriate housing, access to available community resources, and help you find gainful employment, should you need it. Pacific Grove Hospital is proud to offer two continuing care options: our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and our intensive outpatient program (IOP). Both our IOP and PHP offer you the chance to work on your recovery on an outpatient basis while slowly reintegrating back into your community in the evenings and on weekends. Some clients have made enough progress during their stay at our clinic that they feel ready to discharge with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy and appropriate community resources.