Find the Right Anxiety Treatment Center for You
Millions of Americans suffer from some form of diagnosable anxiety disorder, of which many likely suffered significant impairment to warrant the need for treatment. If anxiety symptoms are causing impairment in your occupational, social, domestic, or academic life, it may be time to consider seriously seeking elevated levels of care. Fortunately, for anxiety sufferers, a large number of anxiety treatment centers exist. However, choosing the right facility for your anxiety disorder is important.
Matching Your Diagnosis with Treatment Facility Sub-Specialties
While not as common as drug or alcohol treatment centers, treatment facilities catering specifically to patients exhibiting exclusively anxiety symptoms have proliferated across the United States and elsewhere, with most insurance companies providing coverage for a handful of options for their clients. However, these treatment centers frequently list themselves in insurance in-network directories solely as “anxiety treatment centers.” Ultimately, patients themselves or their current anxiety treatment providers must review these programs individually, while seeking to determine what type of anxiety disorders the program predominantly addresses in patients. Unfortunately, anxiety disorders even in the medical community fall under a broad term encompassing at least 11 broad, diagnosable sub-categories of anxiety disorder types. While some patients may exhibit multiple types of anxiety disorders, more than likely one or two prove predominant. In these cases, matching the prior diagnosis of the patient to a facility that treats his or her specific type of anxiety disorder is extremely important.
Entering with an Unknown or Indeterminate Diagnosis
Given the dynamic and individualized nature of many anxiety disorders, some patients have failed to obtain what they feel is an accurate, complete, up to date, or comprehensive diagnosis. Fortunately, most programs will conduct completely independent psychological testing upon patients during their initial arrival as well as via a phone interview prior to attending the program in person. In this sense, if you are a patient that is unsure about his or her diagnosis, seeking out programs with your current diagnosis or based on a self-diagnosis may prove helpful, but not essential towards getting the help that you need. In almost any case, if a patient still feels he or she requires treatment, but that the current treatment center is not best suited to handle their changed treatment needs, facilities will offer referrals to programs better suited to for your needs.
Determine the Therapeutic Approach of the Program
For many patients, the decision to enter an anxiety treatment program follows a period of seeking less intensive levels of care with psychiatrists and psychologists. When researching and considering a specific anxiety treatment program, it will be helpful to consider the different therapeutic approaches predominantly employed by the treatment program, which can include DBT, CBT, MCBT, existential, experiential, group therapy, family therapy, individual therapy, and a whole host of other therapeutic approaches. In certain cases, a patient may have had significant exposure to a given treatment type that he or she can make sound decisions in terms of whether this approach will prove more or less effective in a treatment center setting. Finally, medication decisions are made on a case-by-case basis in terms of the facility policy, and as such, if seriously considering a given program, determining the availability of psychiatrists as part of the treatment center staff is important.
Verify the Qualifications of Counselors and Caregivers
Not all anxiety treatment programs are staffed alike. Given the rather broad and widely ranging nature of anxiety in terms of severity, treatment program counselor qualifications widely vary as well. If seriously considering anxiety treatment in a residential setting, learning briefly the qualifications of counselors and staff members at a given program is advisable. Generally speaking, those facilities with psychologists and psychiatrists predominantly as staff members will provide significantly better care.
Liemann Valdimar is a writer residing in Florida with over nine years of recovery. He has experienced the heavy hand of both alcohol and substance abuse and is grateful to be where he is today. As a sponsor in AA, he retains his anonymity by writing under a pen name.