Anxiety Disorders

anxiety-iconAnxiety disorders have only recently been recognized as potentially disabling. Anxiety does more than just affect the diagnosed individual. These disorders can also greatly impact personal and professional relationships. With the right approach toward anxiety treatment, living a full and unlimited life becomes possible once again.

The supportive team of anxiety treatment professionals at Ascension Seton Behavioral Health in Austin, Texas is committed to ensuring that you or your loved one receives the help and guidance needed through every step of the healing process. Please call us at 512-324-2039 or contact us online to learn more.

Our Treatment Philosophy

The conventional medical approach toward anxiety treatment often consists of a quick appointment with a family doctor. This may be followed with a prescription and very little instruction. Often doctors may not even recommend that patients seek professional counseling in addition to medication. This can lead to incomplete recovery. At worst, patients may experience substance addiction to anti-anxiety meds. Neither of these resolves the issue.

At Ascension Seton Behavioral Health we believe that many aspects of physical and mental health need to be addressed in order to treat anxiety disorders more completely:

  • Correction of unhealthy thought patterns
  • Thorough evaluation of root causes for the disorder
  • A structured, supportive recovery environment
  • Combining medication and counseling in a healthy, symbiotic way
  • Giving patients the tools they need to continue managing symptoms effectively day to day

During treatment we use many traditional tools for recovery. We then combine these with the latest research and methods for a modern approach toward healing your anxiety. We help patients recognize, accept, and correct negative behavior. At the same time, we encourage a flexible approach that’s realistic for daily life.

Our outpatient programs are intensive and comprehensive. They include private therapy as well as group support. This more structured approach toward anxiety treatment provides the community and connection that many patients need to succeed.

Conditions Treated

Anxiety can take many forms, ranging from mild and vague to specific and severe. Our anxiety treatment counselors are dedicated to a customized approach. We develop individual treatment plans for each patient. This helps us address your unique needs in a compassionate, respectful way.

  • Eating Disorders: Eating disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) often occur with other anxiety disorders. BDD is the obsession with a specific physical aspect of the body. Or the body itself may be viewed by the patient as abnormal or defective. An eating disorder develops to control BDD. Together, these can have a negative impact on physical health.
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: GAD is the presence of excessive worry over normal everyday events. This can make daily life challenging and exhausting. Retraining thought patterns into a healthier perspective can help improve GAD symptoms.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: OCD is the presence of obsessive impulses or intrusive thoughts. It’s considered one of the most disabling types of anxiety disorder. These thoughts then trigger repetitive behaviors. Chronic hand-washing is one example, hoarding behavior is another.
  • Panic Disorder: Recurring panic attacks have physical symptoms such as shortness of breath, shaking and increased heart rate. Panic disorder often leads to agoraphobia, where a person avoids situations that might cause them to panic. This leads to avoidance of possible triggers, such as being around crowds. Severe agoraphobia can result in becoming homebound.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: PTSD occurs in response to a specific event or trauma. Those who suffer from PTSD continue suffering the intense emotions and anxiety that were present at the time. This results in avoidance of potential trigger events. Nightmares and sleep disturbances are also common with PTSD.
  • Social Anxiety: More than just being shy, social anxiety is a real fear of social situations. This goes along with feelings of self-consciousness. People with social anxiety can feel criticized or judged. They may also have deep fear of behaving in an embarrassing way.
  • Specific Phobia: A specific fear, such as fear of heights or spiders, can be severe enough to affect normal daily routines and limit behaviors. For example, a flying phobia could interfere with work duties. Therapy can help patients overcome specific phobias.
  • Trichotillomania: Trichotillomania is a stress response to a triggering feeling or event. The stress feelings lead to compulsively pulling hair from the head, brow, or eyelashes. Often, this causes noticeable hair loss. Trichotillomania is often seen in combination with depression, eating disorders, or other OCD behaviors.

If you’re ready to reclaim your life from the limitations caused by your anxiety symptoms, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at 512-324-2039. Our individualized approach toward anxiety treatment is completely focused on helping you achieve a successful recovery and enjoy a vibrant life.