How does PCH treat Anxiety Disorders?
PCH Treatment Center specializes in treating anxiety disorders and their manifestations. Our programs feature daily individual psychotherapy sessions and multiple group therapies. Our highly experienced masters and doctoral level clinicians are versed in both psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy. When we evaluate a person struggling with anxiety, we define the diagnosis and develop an efficacious treatment plan.
Anxiety with co-occurring problems such as depression may be appropriate for our psychodynamic treatment program. More severe manifestations of anxiety, such as OCD or ruminative thinking or behavior patterns may be appropriate for our cognitive-behavioral track. In either program, daily individual therapy is supplemented with dialectical behavior therapy, mentalization, mindfulness based stress reduction, process groups, anger management, trauma timeline, and a multitude of other group therapies. We also utilize neurofeedback, which is very helpful for clients with anxiety, many of whom find it to be calming and reorienting. We also incorporate holistic therapies such as trauma-informed yoga, an arts program and meditative practices. Anxiety Disorders can be effectively managed with psychological treatment and medication, when necessary. At PCH Treatment Center, our philosophy is to medicate appropriately. Our team of psychiatrists understands anxiety and only uses medication as needed, avoiding addictive substances such as benzodiazepines.
Many practitioners, as a first line of therapy, will prescribe benzodiazepines such as valium or xanax or ambien. These drugs are addictive, have negative side effects and actually worsen anxiety once they wear off. A person also develops tolerance and needs to continually increase their dosage. Withdrawal effects can be uncomfortable to life-threatening. At PCH, we believe in using the minimal amount of medication and our policy is eliminate benzodiazepine usage as soon as possible. Many of our clients with anxiety arrive taking antidepressants, Beta-blockers, low dose antipsychotic medications, and other anti-anxiety medications. It is our job to determine what medications are actually needed, if any.
While occasional anxiety is normal and appropriate, an anxiety disorder can negatively impact every aspect of a person’s life. Anxiety can disrupt sleep, which affects a person’s overall health and well-being. Anxiety may prevent someone from achieving success in work or school; it often impacts interpersonal relationships. In severe cases, a person may be afraid to even leave their own house. Anxiety disorders present in many different fashions. Discrete panic attacks are characteristic of a panic disorder. Generalized anxiety or psychological trauma may present more insidiously. Proper diagnosis of an anxiety disorder, therefore, is extremely important to ensure effective treatment. PCH Treatment Center specializes in working with clients suffering from all manifestations of anxiety. In our intensive programs, persons with anxiety are immersed in a healing milieu where they benefit from a highly refined clinical program and they receive support within our psychological milieu.