With a wide range of symptoms, anxiety disorders have enormous potential to disrupt an individual’s life. The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) identifies a number of anxiety disorders with symptoms including general anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, and psychological pain related to separation from loved ones. No matter which anxiety disorder a person struggles from, however, these disorders can profoundly impair an individual’s ability to be successful in his or her life.
Fortunately, you or your loved one need not suffer alone. At Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, individuals can receive expert care delivered by a team of compassionate and experienced professionals. With the help of our center’s dedicated treatment team, it is possible to learn to manage anxiety symptoms and live a healthier, happier life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When a loved one is struggling with the effects of an anxiety disorder, you may feel all but helpless. However, while it is true that a loved one’s mental illness can be distressing, it is false that there is nothing you can do to help. Consider the following options:
- Learn about your loved one’s particular anxiety disorder. Treatment professionals have identified a number of different anxiety disorders, all of which have different symptoms. Learning about your loved one’s particular anxiety disorder can help you understand how to best support him or her.
- Recognize that your loved one is struggling with a mental illness, not a lack of willpower. Your loved one can no more control his or her symptoms than a person with diabetes can control his or her insulin production.
- Explore options for treatment. Anxiety disorders can be extremely disruptive and can require a person to seek professional care, and you can help your loved one by researching possible treatment centers and hospitals and making a short list of a few that might be a good fit.
- Discuss your loved one’s struggles with him or her and express your desire to help. These conversations may be difficult for you and your loved one, but it is important to reiterate your desire to support him or her and reaffirm your care and concern.
- When your loved one is ready to enter treatment at a hospital or center for anxiety, help him or her with the transition by arranging transportation, accompanying your loved one to appointments with treatment center staff members, and helping with any other logistical issues that may emerge. During your loved one’s time in treatment, remain an ever-present source of support.
- Perhaps most importantly, make sure to take care of yourself. You are in the midst of what is no doubt a stressful process, and it is important to pay attention to your own health. Now is the time to rally support from friends and family members, both for you and for your loved one. In addition, you might also consider joining a support group or seeking individual therapy or a support group.
Why Consider Treatment at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital
If a person who is struggling with an anxiety disorder does not receive treatment, he or she may suffer severe negative consequences. These disorders can prevent a person from being effective in his or her work environment, potentially causing demotion, job loss, long-term unemployment, and financial disruption. One’s social relationships and romantic relationships are also likely to suffer since anxiety disorders can leave those struggling with them unable to leave home. People with anxiety disorders are also at a greater risk of substance use disorders and can experience greater rates of cardiovascular problems.
Types of Treatment Offered at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital
At Covington, we are committed to helping individuals at our center overcome the symptoms of anxiety disorders. Our hospital is a licensed 60-bed treatment center, and we specialize in treating adults who are experiencing acute changes in their emotional and mental well-being.
Our primary methods of treatment at our hospital include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), psychoeducation, creative therapies, crisis intervention, solution-focused treatment, and medication management. Patients follow a regular daily schedule. A typical day at Covington includes a morning wake-up, breakfast, and groups until 3:30 with patio breaks and a lunch break. Evenings at our hospital feature dinner, movie/TV time, phone time, snacks, and a wrap-up group before bed.
With a focus on individualized care and effective interventions, we pride ourselves on the quality of treatment we provide. Under the direction of our psychiatrist, our center’s interdisciplinary team develops individualized care plans that address the unique strengths and challenges that each of our patients faces. Each patient’s care plan may include some or all of the following interventions:
Medication management: Individuals who would benefit from treatment with medications meet with our hospital’s psychiatrist and nursing staff on a regular basis to help them manage their medication. We also ensure our patients are provided with attentive support. We pride ourselves on exceeding CMS and Medicare standards for frequency of meetings with psychiatrists, as we provide our patients at our center with daily medication management visits.
Detoxification: While we are not a substance abuse treatment center, we provide detox services for individuals who have been struggling with the abuse of alcohol, prescription painkillers, and other drugs. After detox is complete, individuals are expected to continue with our acute inpatient services.
Individual therapy: Patients in the inpatient program may meet with a member of our social service staff (LCSW, LMSW, LPC, or PLPC) or nursing staff (RN or LPN) for individual therapy as needed. During these sessions, individuals are able to discuss pressing issues, receive support, and work through issues that they may not feel comfortable discussing in groups. These sessions are a strong asset for helping individuals learn to manage the symptoms of their anxiety disorders.
Group therapy: Groups are in many ways the foundation of treatment at Covington. Groups at our center allow individuals to share their experiences, learn from others, and give and receive support. Led by our social services staff, nursing staff, activity therapists, and mental health technicians, we offer a range of groups such as:
- Psychoeducation groups provide information about anxiety disorders and other issues of interest to our patients.
- Process groups help patients process their emotions and practice new skills and ways of relating to others.
- Activity groups give patients opportunities to use their bodies and exercise as well as socialize with each other and participate in many other activities.
- Dietary groups help our patients learn how to use a healthy diet to benefit their mental health.
We provide at least five groups per day and sometimes also offer additional groups depending on the needs of our patients enrolled at our hospital.
Family therapy: Mental illnesses such as anxiety disorders do not just affect individuals, but entire families. As a result, we are happy to provide family therapy services for individuals in our care on an as-needed basis. Led by case managers, these sessions help family members manage conflict and other issues that may be preventing them from having close, cohesive, supportive relationships.
Our goal is to provide the effective, comprehensive care at our center that can help individuals learn to manage the symptoms of anxiety disorders, stabilize during a crisis, and move toward a healthier and happier future.
If you or someone you love may benefit from our services, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to answering any questions you may have and helping you determine if Covington is the place for you or your loved one to find healing.