Understanding the different types of anxiety
Anxiety manifests itself in many different forms and varies greatly from one individual to the next. Although everyone has worries and fears at certain times in their lives, a person living with anxiety may feel uneasy, restless and fearful most of the time. They may have physical symptoms such as palpitations and stomach ache, and experience difficulty sleeping and loss of appetite (although some people overeat).
Getting treatment for anxiety is often problematic as people living with the condition may find it difficult to speak up about how they’re feeling. It’s almost impossible to have a true sense of perspective when your thoughts are continually clouded with fear, stress and worry.
At Step One Recovery, we know that anxiety can be overcome as many of our clients have been treated successfully in our rehab clinic. The same clients have moved on to control the disorder and live life to the full. There are many different types of anxiety, all of which can be treated at our rehab clinic in Spain. We welcome clients from London and across the UK to our luxurious rehab and recovery centre based on the Costa Blanca. Private, relaxing and welcoming, it’s a perfect sanctuary to address your anxiety and begin recovery.
We’ve talked through some of the main forms of anxiety below, but don’t feel that you have to meet all the criteria. Everyone is different and we can offer support for all types of symptoms.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
This is a relatively common type of anxiety affecting people living in London and across the whole of the UK. If you’re living with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), you’re probably extremely troubled by worries about many things including money, work, family life and health concerns.
There may not be any obvious cause for your anxiety and you may be aware that you’re worrying far too much. That your perspective and thoughts do not match what’s actually going on in your life. But it seems impossible to get the anxiety and worry under control, and sometimes anxieties build even further. This kind of anxiety escalation is quite common in people with GAD and can lead to thoughts of impending doom and catastrophe.
Ultimately, fears become increasingly real, overwhelming and terrifying. It’s extremely difficult to relax and concentration is affected. You may feel tired all the time and have headaches, stomach aches and nausea. Some people living with GAD experience breathlessness and excessive sweating. Disturbed sleep patterns are also very common.
Anxiety with depression
Depression and anxiety often go hand in hand and it can be difficult to separate one from the other. If you’re suffering with depression, your general state of mind is dark and gloomy, and the future can seem full of fear. This fear and feeling unable to cope with it can lead to anxiety.
Living with anxiety can be an incredibly draining experience – both physically and emotionally. This can lead to feelings of hopelessness and in turn, depression. Although depression with anxiety is the most common mental health condition in London and the UK, the good news is that you can overcome both with the right support.
Turn to the Step One rehab centre for support
At Step One Recovery, we’re highly experienced in treating both depression and anxiety. Our rehab clinic is based on an exclusive estate on Spain’s Costa Blanca and is a perfect retreat for healing, recovery and looking forward to a healthy future.
Our depression and anxiety treatment programmes are individually tailored to each client. We’ll work with you on relaxation techniques to help manage your reactions, and meditation and therapy will help calm your nervous system. Our overall approach to depression and anxiety is holistic – it’s always our aim to address any underlying issues before treating you medically with psychotherapy. We’ll then adjust your diet and exercise to promote a natural boost.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder / OCD
This disorder is often misunderstood. Many of the people living with it hide their disorder and try to cope with it alone. Severe symptoms are relatively common and usually begin to develop in late adolescence or early adulthood.
OCD is a debilitating illness that affects all areas of a person’s life. Fear and a never-ending stream of upsetting thoughts and behaviours become everyday and many people living with OCD describe how they feel imprisoned and unable to control their compulsive behaviour.
The illness is made up of two component parts. The first is obsession – thoughts, images and fears that are intrusive, persistent and most important, uncontrollable. These obsessions cause anxiety which in turn, trigger compulsions. Compulsions are the second part of OCD and are actions or rituals that are carried out to prevent the obsession becoming real. Actions and rituals can be very structured and rigid. Visible compulsions could include things such as excessive hand washing and ritualistic cleaning routines. Other compulsions are harder to see but could include actions such as counting to a certain number or avoiding particular places out of fear.
A phobia is a deep fear of a specific thing or situation, such as spiders or open spaces. They can be overwhelming and have a serious impact on everyday life. The good news is that phobias do respond very well to treatment and this is an area in which our team at our rehab centre have excellent experience.
On the road to recovery with Step One
The Step One Recovery centre is an ideal place to begin your journey to getting better. You’ll find a compassionate and experienced team of doctors, counsellors and therapists ready to create a bespoke treatment programme for you at our rehab centre in Spain.