Many things can make us anxious. For example, moving to a new country, starting a new job, taking an exam, or even wearing a new outfit can cause certain individuals to experience a certain level of fear or anxiety. This is a normal response as your brain goes on high alert for things that could go wrong. Usually, as we settle into these situations, the anxiety eases, and life goes on. However, for some, these kinds of events or situations may induce anxiety disorders that make it difficult to handle things that others may find simple or easy. Should you find yourself overcome with intolerable fear or dread at what the world tells you are commonplace occurrences, you may need anxiety treatment services. In Thailand, there are mental health rehabilitation services available, such as The Cabin. But what is an anxiety disorder and what treatments are available?
Anxiety Disorder Symptoms and Causes
Anxiety Disorder can manifest in several different ways:
Mentally: You can feel tense or nervous and unable to relax or sleep. Having difficulty concentrating on the task at hand, instead focusing on traumatic thoughts or fearing for the worse. These thoughts or others may also become obsessive.
Physically: The body can experience changes as a response to anxiety. Those with an anxiety disorder could find themselves having chest pain, breathing issues, tremors, headaches, or nausea. Some may become light-headed or have a pulse or elevated heart rate to an abnormal level, possibly faster or irregular beating.
Behavioural: A person experiencing anxiety may not find enjoyment in the activity or thing they normally enjoy, and possibly attempt to avoid certain locations or situations. Their relationships or career may also be affected. Or they may find themselves doing things compulsively, like checking pockets for wallets or checking that a door is locked over and over again.
As to the causes of anxiety disorders, there is not usually just one source. Researchers often point to a combination of various issues, such as genetics (including a family history of mental health issues), external stresses (including negative or traumatic events), medical conditions (including hormonal or neurological malfunctions), and substance or drug use or addiction. Your mental health is as vital as your physical well-being. While it might be common to have one or more of these symptoms occasionally, going through any of these consistently for an extended period of time could mean you need help. Especially if there is substance or drug abuse involved, as that could have far-reaching impacts. That is when you seek a trusted medical professional and, if diagnosed, discuss your options for anxiety treatment services in Thailand or wherever you are in the world.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Depending on the symptoms, one could be diagnosed with a specific type of anxiety disorder. Among the more common disorders are:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): This is typically described as having excessive worries or uneasiness consistently, often over little things or nothing at all.
Social Anxiety: As the name suggests, this is when being in social situations creates distress, fearing embarrassment, or rejection. This could range from fear of public speaking to going to the corner shop.
Panic disorder: Panic attacks may occur with other anxiety disorders, but here, they tend to occur without reason. Because of the physical nature of these attacks (sweating, palpitations, shortness of breath), they may seem like heart attacks.
Phobias: An innate, intense fear of something can cause great anxiety in an individual. For example, a fear of heights or flying, spiders, or clowns. These fears become an issue, however, when they prevent a person from living a normal life.
Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD): Anxiety that affects behaviour as mentioned above, could be OCD. Fear of being locked out of the house could cause you to create a ritual to check your doors, or constant hand washing could stem from anxiety about germs or illnesses.
There are various other types of anxiety disorders or anxiety-related disorders, such as separation anxiety and post-traumatic stress (PTSD). And these are not uncommon afflictions. A study from 2017 revealed that a little over 10% of the world’s population suffers from some type of mental health disorder, with anxiety topping the list at around 284 million people worldwide.
Get Anxiety Treatment Services in Thailand
at The Cabin
While there are prescription medications that have been known to treat anxiety disorders, there are also many effective treatments that do not rely on medications. This is important because, like The Cabin in Thailand, we focus on treating those who suffer from a range of mental health issues ranging from anxiety disorders, and depression to addiction.
The medication-free anxiety treatment services in Thailand that you can find include cognitive processing therapy, internal family systems (IFS), eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness, expressive art therapy, group therapy, and physical fitness training. Each offers its own benefits, so you may find your rehab in Thailand comprised of a combination of these treatments. If you are battling an anxiety disorder, or know someone who is struggling, get help now at The Cabin. Our admissions process is conducted by clinical professionals who are available 24 hours a day and who will treat you with respect and compassion as they help you recover. Call us, and we will listen and provide you with the best possible treatment options.
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