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Mood and Anxiety Disorders

When persistent, mood and anxiety disorders can hold you back from living a full life. Here at the McLean Counseling Center, we work closely with your individual needs and design a treatment plan that works for you.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder can become a devastating mental illness if left untreated. People with bipolar disorder suffer from behavioral lows and manic highst. This chronic illness can stop you from being able to function daily. Bipolar disorder can hurt your relationships and your job. It is important to seek treatment for bipolar disorder because the sooner you receive treatment, the more proactively you can manage your bipolar symptoms and avoid disruption to your life.

Types of Bipolar Disorder Treatments:

Medications
One of the most important tools to treat bipolar disorder is medication. There are medications that can used that will treat bipolar disorder by balancing levels of neurochemicals in the brain. Bipolar patients won’t be able to control or manage their symptoms without medications. Depending on the phase of the disorder you’re in determines what type of medications to use.

Psychotherapy
This is also known as “talk therapy”. Psychotherapy helps patients open up about their disorder and learn about the different ways to cope with their symptoms. Some forms of psychotherapy include behavioral therapy, family therapy, and psychoeducation. Our caring professionals at the McLean Counseling Center offer therapies for patients so they can get better control of their bipolar symptoms.

Lifestyle Changes
There are simple lifestyle changes that you can do on your own to help manage your symptoms. Converting to a more healthy diet will help you maintain a stable mood and help your overall well-being. Avoid any type of foods, such as caffeine, that can cause your blood sugar or energy to rise and crash. Exercise daily to keep yourself busy, relieve stress, and create mental clarity. Lastly, avoid drugs and alcohol because these two things can aggravate your symptoms.

What is Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety disorders come in varying designations, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, certain phobias, panic disorder, and agoraphobia. These are all characterized by excessive, long-lasting anxiety and worry about nonspecific life events, objects, and situations. It can occur in cases of everyday stress or serious life stressors. Normally individuals overcome this worry but those with this disorder become more and more worried over time. People with a generalized anxiety disorder often experience intense fear and are constantly worried about health, family, work, school, or money, and are unable to find ways to control it.

Symptoms of an Anxiety Attack:

  • Intense terror
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shaking
  • Confusion
  • Apprehension

Anxiety Disorder Treatment

We offer treatment programs that can help a person with an anxiety disorder return to an active life. Our professionals will help with treat the deep, underlying causes of anxiety. The clinically proven methods that we use to treat anxiety facilitates lasting change and proposed action. Our caring therapists work with each individual to transform long-standing emotional responses into reactions of peace. Patients will learn how trade the feeling of helplessness for empowerment and positivity and how to avoid the patterns of cyclical worrying.