Often times, addiction exists concurrently with one or more co-occurring mental health disorders. One of these is Anxiety disorders

What are Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health disorders. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there 3 most common anxiety disorders are:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder, categorized by excessive and/or disproportionate amounts of anxiety about numerous aspects of life, including work, relationships and finances
  • Panic Disorder, categorized by severe episodes of uncontrollable anxiety and fear, known as “panic attacks”
  • Social Phobia Disorder, categorized by intense fear and anxiety around social situations


What are the symptoms of anxiety disorders?

Everyone will face anxiety at some point in their life. Normal anxiety is often situational, like getting nervous before a presentation at work or making a big decision. But people who suffer from anxiety disorders have significantly higher levels of anxiety that interfere with their functioning in day to day life.

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder:

  • Constant worrying that is disproportionate to the issue in questions
  • Inability to let go of or “turn off” worrying
  • Inability to relax, both physically and mentally
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Inability to make decisions due to fear of making the wrong decision
  • Always expecting the worst case scenario
  • Muscle tension
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble falling and/or staying asleep

Symptoms of panic disorder:

  • Sudden attacks of intense fear and anxiety that come on without warning
  • Feeling of being out of control over mind and body during a panic attack
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heart beat and/or chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Intense fear of a repeat attack

Symptoms of social phobia disorder:

  • Intense fear of social situations
  • Fear of being judged by others
  • Excessive worry about doing something embarrassing in front of others
  • Worry that others are talking about you when you aren’t there
  • Intense fear of speaking to or in front of strangers
  • Avoiding situations that could involve social interaction

How does West Coast Rehab treat anxiety disorders?

Here at West Coast Rehab, our highly skilled staff is trained in the treatment of co-occurring disorders, and we specialize in the treatment of Dual Diagnosis.

Upon admission, you will do a full clinical assessment with our medical staff to determine the best course of treatment. They will then design an individualized treatment plan to fit your needs. Your clinical team will include a psychiatrist, primary therapist, adjunct therapists and additional team members as deemed necessary. Your treatment plan will include full medication management combined with evidence-based treatment programs to help you manage the symptoms of both your anxiety disorder AND addiction.