A certainty about 2020 is that we are living in an age of uncertainty.
For many people, this may bring on anxious thoughts and for those already with anxiety, it will only exacerbate this disorder.
Some anxiety sometimes is a way of reacting to stress. It directs our attention to any situation where something unpleasant or unwelcome could happen.
This could be such as when walking on a wet floor or riding a bike in busy traffic. Anxiety can also arise when we need to do something well, such as before a presentation, exam or performance – but again this is usually a positive as it causes us to focus.
Unless the anxiety becomes overwhelming. For an increasing number of people this type of anxiety has become their norm.
But it is a norm that stops them from living a normal life. When it’s like this it is classified as an Anxiety Disorder.
This is a group of mental health illnesses that causes virtually continual daily worry to the point the anxiety can stop people from even leaving their house.
People suffering like this may withdraw from family, friends and social events, may find it seems impossible to go to work or the shops or anywhere.
“Anxiety is created by our thinking,” says psychotherapist Wayne Kemp. “You’re not going to feel anything positive until you can think: ‘But that’s very unlikely or impossible.’
“The problem is we don’t catch all our thoughts quick enough, so we just catch the feelings and then we get the feeling and we think: ‘Oh my God, why am I feeling this?’ and that increases the thought pattern and that makes the feeling worse.
“It’s all about how you think. Your mind is a fantastic creating machine, your imagination creates your world. If your imagination is out of control you’ll scare yourself to death.”
What are Anxiety Disorders?
Anxiety Disorders affect at least 300 million people around the world. In America alone, they affect 40 million adults. Because many people do not get diagnosed it is likely to be many more than this figure.
The five main types of Anxiety Disorder are:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Someone with GAD will be anxious most if not all the time. Many executives and other successful people experience this anxiety due to extra pressures that come with the success. It can also lead to burnout.
Around seven million people in the US population suffer from GAD. It is the most diagnosed mental illness in America.
Panic Disorder means someone suffers with unexpected and recurring panic attacks that can come on abruptly for no clear reason. Other times they can be triggered by a person, place or thing.
A panic attack often causes breathlessness, palpitations, excessive perspiration, abdominal distress, an overpowering feeling of being totally helpless, shaking, trembling, and seemingly uncontrollable feelings of impending doom.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
An incident or situation that someone finds traumatic can cause PTSD. It can start immediately afterwards or it can take weeks, months or even years to develop.
Traumas that frequently cause PTSD include having a serious accident; being attacked or abused; childhood neglect; witnessing any of these; developing a serious illness; or suffering a bereavement.
PTSD affects about 30 percent of those who experience a trauma. Frequently the person will have frightening nightmares and/or flashbacks. This causes sleep problems and concentration difficulties.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is a chronic disorder causing someone to have obsessions and compulsions that they feel an immense urge to repeatedly do. This includes such as cleaning, checking taps are turned off or constantly counting things. Many experts think it is an attempt to alleviate persistent fears or intrusive thoughts – but that causes severe disruption to daily life.
Social Anxiety Disorder
This is an intense fear of any social situation that means someone suffering from it will try to avoid anything where other people are present. Self-confidence and self-esteem problems will increasingly worsen.
A sufferer from this type of anxiety is often continually anxious about doing something wrong or that they consider would be embarrassing. Physical symptoms include trembling, palpitations and nausea.
What is the best way to treat anxiety?
Thankfully there are many proven successful treatment options for anxiety. But because excessive anxiety is often a result of thinking and responding in a way that has been learned – often since childhood – professional guidance is needed to find the solution.
Our team of experienced staff has helped treat people with anxiety for many years. A major starting point is to ensure comfort and not be stressed – everything about Tikvah Lake Recovery has been designed with this in mind.
We chose where we are by a tranquil lake to enhance the luxury comfort of our mansion house. We see the lake as part of the healing process here.
Thankfully we are in an area with a very low number of COVID-19 cases. We have also adapted to ensure we offer the best possible treatment for anxiety during this period of the worldwide pandemic.
At Tikvah Lake Recovery we encourage our guests to get together in group therapy. This has been so beneficial to so many people here – one reason being it recreates a loving family environment that was often missing for many who suffer with anxiety.
There are many other reasons why a growing number of people with anxiety are coming to recovery centers like ours or are increasingly being referred.
Some major benefits of coming to Tikvah Lake are:
- You can make significant connections with others who are looking to recover from similar problems.
- Our compassionate team of experts is here for you 24/7.
- Negative influences and people are at a distance.
- Pressures of regular life are also absent while you are here.
- There are no interruptions – so that you can fully focus on your recovery.
- Being away from regular life allows for a perspective shift. This means that solutions arise more clearly and swiftly.
- Our team will help, teach and encourage with such as yoga, walks in nature, meditation and we will ensure you eat nutritious (and delicious!) meals – all of which are beneficial to a swift and strong recovery.
We really value helping our guests.
As a family-run center you can be assured of first-class personal attention.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with anxiety get in touch with us today to find out how we can help.