Anxiety disorders are a group of mental health disorders that cause those who struggle with them to experience intense fear and worry so much that it interferes with their ability to lead a normal life. If you have an anxiety disorder, you may struggle with nightmares and flashbacks from a traumatic experience. Others may find that most of their day is consumed by worrying so extreme that they’re barely able to function. Still others may avoid everyday situations such as hanging out with friends or going to school in an effort to avoid triggering a panic attack about a specific phobia. If you’re struggling with an anxiety disorder, you’re not alone – anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders in Fort Smith, Arkansas and the United States.
Our behavioral health rehab center offers a welcoming, serene environment that will allow you to have the chance to escape from the fears consuming your daily life and learn the skills needed to lead a happy, healthy, and productive life. We offer a beautiful, scenic 57-acre campus nestled into the banks of the Arkansas River and provide a spectrum of mental health services for adults, children, teens, and older adults.
How to Help a Loved One or Family Member Seek Treatment
Living with or loving someone who has an anxiety disorder can be a tremendous burden. You may struggle with feelings of helplessness as you watch your loved one struggle to get through the day. Maybe you’re frustrated that your loved one can’t simply “get over” his or her anxiety disorder because you don’t understand the ways in which this mental illness can overrule a person’s life. You know your loved one needs help but you may not know how to approach the topic. Here are some ways in which you can help your loved one start to recover:
Take care of you: Living with someone who has an anxiety disorder can be overwhelming – practice self-care techniques to help you cope. Find a therapist if you need someone to lean on and join a support group. Take time each day to do something nice for yourself, even if it’s just taking a soothing bath.
Learn about anxiety disorders: There are many types of anxiety disorders and one of the best ways you can help your loved one is to understand the ways in which anxiety disorders can impact daily life. By educating yourself, you can become an active advocate for your loved one.
Take the initiative: Even the smallest of tasks can be daunting to those with anxiety disorders. Make an appointment with your primary care physician and drive your loved one to the appointment. Your loved one’s primary care physician will be able to help you and your loved one explore options for treatment.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment at Valley Behavioral Health in Fort Smith, Arkansas
Living with an untreated anxiety disorder can be a nightmare. If you’re living with an anxiety disorder, your world may have grown smaller and smaller as you tried your best to reduce the anxiety you feel. You may feel as though your loved ones and friends don’t understand the struggles you face to even get through the day. In an attempt to self-medicate your symptoms, you may have turned to drugs or alcohol, which only made things worse. You need help and you don’t know what to do. An inpatient treatment center can help you to leave behind the nightmare of anxiety while teaching you how to create a beautiful, tangible reality.
Experts agree that an inpatient program for anxiety disorders that employs a multifaceted treatment approach that combines medications and many other types of therapeutic interventions is one of the best ways to treat anxiety disorders. An inpatient program allows you to get away from the stress and pressure of daily life so that you are able to focus upon what truly matters – your journey to recovery.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Valley Behavioral Health in Fort Smith, Arkansas, we that there is no gold-standard, cookie-cutter approach to anxiety disorder treatment. We offer a treatment plan that makes certain the client always comes first. This client-centered care ensures that each person we treat is viewed as more than the sum of his or her symptoms – each client is a whole person with unique life experiences and needs. Our serene campus provides our clients with the safety and security they need to begin down their pathway toward recovery. We focus upon the strengths our clients have within them and work together to create a plan of care for his or her stay with us.
Treatment Options at Valley Behavioral Health
When you first come to us for help, you’ll undergo a number of evaluations that will help us to gain better insight into your struggles. The medical examination will let us rule out any medical conditions you may be facing while the psychological evaluations will diagnose the type of anxiety disorder you have and any additional mental health disorders. Our multidisciplinary treatment team will work alongside you and your loved ones to create a plan of care that meets your current and aftercare needs. Your treatment plan may include the following options:
Medication may be used in the short-term to help control your symptoms so you can focus on your recovery. Others may need longer-term medication management for anxiety disorders and co-occurring disorders. Medication usage will be monitored by our medical staff and adjusted as needed.
Individual therapy is offered at least once per week – more if needed – and will give you the one-on-one time to focus upon the challenges in your life. Our therapists often use a technique called cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) which helps you see the way negative thoughts can cause negative behaviors.
Group therapy is offered each day which allows you to bond with other people who are struggling with similar mental health disorders. Together you can bond and work through your challenges. Topics for group may include depression, medication management, ways to increase self-esteem, anxiety management, help you practice self-control, and how to make proper decisions.
Family therapy is especially important for people who have anxiety disorders as the support of loved ones is crucial for recovery. Family sessions will explore challenges in the family dynamic, education about anxiety disorders, and ways your family can be helpful in your recovery.
In addition to traditional therapeutic approaches, our mental health rehab center is proud to offer a variety of experiential therapies. These may include:
- Arts and crafts
- Relaxation techniques
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
As discharge approaches, you’ll work closely with your multidisciplinary treatment team and discharge planner to create a plan for your continued care. At our mental health rehab center, we begin planning for discharge the moment you are admitted to our program, which allows for seamless transition into the aftercare process. We also offer a variety of treatment options designed to meet all of the mental health needs of children, teens, adults, and older adults in our community. Many clients find they’d be best suited for our partial hospitalization program (PHP) or our intensive outpatient program; both of which allow you to focus upon your treatment during the day and spend your evenings and weekends at home. We also offer a traditional outpatient therapy program for those who have made enough progress to return home.