With the current pandemic spreading around the world, it’s not surprising that many people are more anxious than they used to be. Rates of anxiety and depression generally rise during times of crisis, mostly because people aren’t sure what’s going to happen next or how their lives might be changed or affected. This uncertainty is problematic, mainly because it can lead to more significant health problems, including addiction. But the team at GIA Miami can ensure that you get the proper treatment you need to make things easier. And with the right kind of help, you’ll be much better off from a mental health standpoint, which can make it less difficult to navigate an uncertain future.
One of the primary reasons people do not get help for anxiety is that they do not recognize the symptoms. They might think that they are just “a worrier” or “high strung.” But the symptoms are not difficult to identify. Among the signs that you have an anxiety disorder are:
This list is by no means comprehensive, but if you are worried that you may be suffering from anxiety, it is worth reaching out to GIA Miami for help, particularly if this accompanies addictive behaviors.
It’s always essential to get proper anxiety treatment when you’re struggling. You don’t have to live with mental health issues or let anxiety control your life. Now that anxiety is rising because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people will need to seek treatment. All too often, anxiety can also cause problems with addiction. Using substances is one way that people try to control the discomfort that comes with being anxious. In some cases, that’s done with illegal substances or over-use or misuse of prescribed medication. The right help is key to overcoming these kinds of problems.
At GIA, we regularly utilize an approach called “transcranial magnetic stimulation” or “TMS” therapy to treat both anxiety and addiction. TMS therapy can be a powerful tool when battling many mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD, especially when used in conjunction with other therapeutic approaches. The executive director of GIA Miami, Dr. Antonello Bonci, has also been working for years to bring TMS into the mainstream as a treatment for addiction. And his work has been met with much success.
It’s also important to keep in mind that addiction specialists have known about the connection between addiction and anxiety for decades. If you are struggling with addiction, a center like GIA Miami that offers treatment of co-occurring disorders — a process sometimes referred to as “dual diagnosis” — should be a priority. The theory behind treating a co-occurring disorder is that instead of focusing exclusively on treating the addiction, a program should address any underlying mental issues accompanying that addiction. At GIA, we believe that treating the addiction without addressing the related mental condition — like anxiety — is a recipe for continued addiction problems and relapse. Unfortunately, however, this aspect of addiction treatment is too often ignored.
To learn more about anxiety treatment, co-occurring disorders, and TMS therapy, contact GIA Miami online, or call 833.713.0797. At GIA Miami, we can give you the guidance and support you need to succeed.
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