Anxiety Disorders

Get information on Anxiety Disorders, including Effects, Signs and Symptoms, and Treatment.


Living With Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders are not just occasional worries or stress. They are chronic conditions that take different forms, including Generalized Anxiety, Panic Disorder, and Social Anxiety. These disorders can cause physical symptoms such as heart palpitations and insomnia, severely affecting daily life. Unlike typical Anxiety, these disorders can be overwhelming and often coexist with other mental health issues, such as Depression.

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Understanding Anxiety Disorders

Diagnosing Anxiety Disorders is a careful process conducted by qualified healthcare professionals like psychiatrists or psychologists. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), provides specific criteria for diagnosing these conditions. According to the DSM-5, key features include excessive Anxiety and worry occurring more days than not for at least six months about various activities.3

The Anxiety and worry must be challenging to control and associated with three or more symptoms (in adults), such as restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, or sleep disturbance. For a diagnosis, these symptoms must cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. It’s also essential that these symptoms are not attributable to substance use, a medical condition, or another mental disorder.

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Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Excessive Worry

Anxiety Disorders are often characterized by a persistent and unrealistic worry about everyday things that are disproportionately larger than the actual source of concern. This symptom can dominate a person's thoughts, making it challenging to concentrate on tasks at work or personal life, ultimately impacting their overall functioning and quality of life.

Physical Symptoms

Physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, sweating, trembling, and gastrointestinal issues often come with Anxiety Disorders. These symptoms can be mistaken for other health problems, causing increased worry and a cycle of Anxiety. They can also impact daily activities and worsen the emotional aspects of Anxiety.

Avoidance Behavior

Many people with Anxiety Disorders tend to exhibit avoidance behavior. They may begin to avoid certain places, situations, or activities that they fear will trigger their Anxiety. Although this might provide temporary relief, it can lead to increased isolation and can eventually worsen the Anxiety in the long run. This can limit personal and professional growth.

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Residential Treatment for Anxiety

At Cornerstone, we understand that living with Anxiety can feel debilitating. Our behavioral health centers throughout Arizona provide a caring, holistic approach to supporting those struggling with Anxiety, panic, worry, and fear. Our licensed therapists and clinical team work collaboratively with each client to provide treatment based on their unique needs and goals. We get to know each client as a person, not just a set of symptoms so that we can address well-being’s mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects. Our judgment-free environment facilitates authentic healing. Witnessing our clients lessen their Anxiety, transform their mindset, strengthen relationships, find purpose and meaning, and reach their full potential is our reward. We would be honored to take this journey alongside you.

Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

cognitive behavioral therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a highly effective treatment for Anxiety Disorders. It involves identifying and challenging negative thought patterns and behaviors to alter unwanted anxious thoughts.
medication management for anxiety
Medication management is often used in conjunction with therapy. Medications like Anti-Depressants and Anti-Anxiety drugs can help regulate brain chemistry and alleviate symptoms.
holistic therapies for anxiety arizona
We emphasize holistic therapies that address the mind, body, and spirit. This can include mindfulness practices, yoga, and nutritional counseling.


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Lionel Estrada, LISAC


Lionel, a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) with over 4 years at Cornerstone, specializes in addiction and mental health. Trained in EMDR therapy, he employs a trauma-informed, empathetic approach to address underlying causes of these issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Inpatient or residential treatment becomes a necessary step when Anxiety disorders severely impact daily functioning or pose a risk to the individual’s safety. This level of care is suitable if symptoms are intense, persistent, and unresponsive to outpatient treatments. Inpatient treatment offers a structured environment, intensive therapy, and continuous support, crucial for those struggling with severe Anxiety. It’s a space where individuals can focus entirely on recovery, away from daily stressors.

The level of care for treating Anxiety disorders varies based on the severity and impact of the symptoms. Mild to moderate Anxiety often responds well to outpatient therapy, like cognitive behavioral therapy and medication management. More severe cases, especially those involving other mental health issues or substance abuse, may require intensive outpatient programs or inpatient care. It’s essential to consult with a mental health professional to determine the most effective approach for your specific situation.

Supporting an anxious loved one involves understanding, patience, and encouragement. Listen actively without judgment and offer reassurance. Encourage them to seek professional help and, if willing, accompany them to appointments. Educate yourself about Anxiety disorders to better understand their experiences. Above all, ensure they know they’re not alone in their journey and their feelings are valid and acknowledged. Remember, your support can be a vital part of their path to recovery.

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