Experiencing anxiety from time to time is a normal reaction to the stress that we all face throughout our lives. However, for some individuals this worry and fear can quickly become excessive and overwhelming. Anxiety can affect how we feel, behave, and can even lead to the development of physical symptoms. For those with anxiety disorders the extensive worrying can become so distressing that they find themselves incapable of managing on a daily basis. Some individuals have generalized anxiety disorder in which they have long-lasting anxiety and worry about nonspecific life events, objects, and situations. Others may have a more specific type of anxiety where they have an irrational fear about a specific object or have a fear of being out in public places. All anxiety disorders can severely affect the ability for anyone to lead a normal life.
At Vantage Point, we are dedicated to treating children, adolescents, men, women, and older adults who are struggling with a variety of mental health and substance abuse disorders. No matter which type of anxiety disorder you are struggling with our experienced staff can help you to get your symptoms under control so that you can lead a happier life. Together we can work to provide you with a brighter future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When you have a loved one who has an anxiety disorder, it can be difficult to stand by and watch him or her struggle to get through the day. It may also be extremely hard to understand how to react to them since you don’t know what it is like to have an anxiety disorder. Sometimes family members want to help their loved one and may do things that not only don’t help, but can actually make the situation worse. Here are some things not to do:
- Don’t say things like “just relax” or “don’t worry so much”
- Don’t do things for them, it can create feelings of dependency
- Don’t become angry with them
While anxiety disorders can be extremely disruptive they are treatable mental health disorders. One of the best things you can do for your family member is to help them find a qualified mental health professional that can get them the treatment they need. Here are some other things you can do to be helpful:
- Talk to your loved one’s therapist to see what role you can play in his or her recovery
- Learn about anxiety disorders so you know what your loved one is going through
- Be supportive
- Don’t assume what your family member may need, ask them
- Help your loved one stay on a daily routine
Having a loved one who has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder may lead to some familial complications, but it does not need to be permanently disabling. A treatment program may take some time, but it can greatly help your loved one get their anxiety under control.
Why Consider Treatment at Vantage Point
If you have noticed that your worrying and anxiety have started to interfere with your work, relationships, or other areas of your life it may be time to seek help from a mental health professional. For those with severe anxiety the worries do not always go away on their own and eventually can get worse. Living with an untreated anxiety disorder can do a lot more than make you worry; it can lead to, or worsen, other mental health or physical conditions such as depression. Some individuals may turn to drugs or alcohol to help control some of their symptoms, making things even more difficult.
An inpatient treatment program that has experience treating a variety of anxiety disorders can be very effective for helping individuals overcome their anxiety. By entering into an inpatient program you will be able to step back from the stress of daily life, some of which may trigger your anxiety, and allow you to focus entirely on the healing process. Additionally, through an inpatient treatment program individuals will be able to engage in a number of different therapeutic methods and get any medication that they may need. With proper treatment and support you can get control of your life back.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Vantage Point we provide a full continuum of behavioral health and addiction treatment services for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors that are in need of our care. We are dedicated to providing each one of our clients with confidential care in a caring environment that is designed to promote crisis resolution, positive self-awareness, and personal growth. Our highly qualified staff provides care 24 hours a day to help ensure the safety of each and every individual in our programs. Throughout all of our programs, our main goal is to stabilize patients and get them back to their highest level of functioning so they can return to their community as quickly as possible.
Types of Treatment Offered at Vantage Point
Before being admitted into Vantage Point you will first be assessed by an assessment specialist who will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine your current needs. Once the evaluation has been completed, the assessor will consult with one of our psychiatrists to determine your most appropriate level of care. Treatment is under the medical direction and supervision of our psychiatrists and administered by our wonderful nurses, social workers, therapists, recreational specialists, special education teachers, and other mental health professionals. Some of the therapeutic methods we use to treat anxiety include:
Medication management: It is not uncommon for individuals to need an antianxiety medication in the beginning stages of treatment in order to help control some of the overwhelming symptoms, until better coping skills are learned. For many individuals once they have learned how to more effectively control their anxiety, medication use can be reduced or even eliminated. In some instances other individuals will be battling co-occurring disorders and may need longer-term medication.
Individual therapy: Each patient receives at least one individual session per week, but more sessions are held as needed. During individual therapy you can learn to identify possible triggers for your anxiety and how to cope with overwhelming emotions.
Group therapy: Group therapy can be very helpful for those struggling with anxiety disorders as it allows them time to gain additional support while connecting with others who are struggling with similar issues. At Vantage Point, we hold multiple groups that focus on a number of different topics such as mood management and social skills.
Family therapy: Having someone in the family with an anxiety disorder can put a lot of strain on family relationships. Family therapy is held at least once a week and is there to help mend some of the bonds that may have been broken and allows all members of the family time to express their personal emotions.
In addition to our traditional therapies we offer a number of experiential programs. Some of these include:
- Expressive therapy
- School based programming (for children and adolescents)
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The discharge planning process for each patient begins as soon as they are admitted in order to ensure that, when they are ready to leave the inpatient program, a plan is ready to be put in place. Before you leave our inpatient center you will meet with one of our care coordinators who will be able to provide each patient with a number of outpatient treatment options so that they can determine the next best step for continued care. Many of our clients find that they need additional support and opt to join an IOP or PHP program. These programs allow individuals the opportunity to still get the treatment they need while slowly integrating back into their daily lives. For those who feel that they have made enough progress in the inpatient program to be discharged home, they can participate in our traditional outpatient program. We have three different outpatient locations, each one providing outpatient counseling, case management, school-based services, and medication management. Whatever your continuing needs may be, the staff at Vantage Point will do their best to ensure they are being met.