The Need for Stress Treatment
The numbers of those who suffer from stress, anxiety or related issues in the United States are currently higher than they have been in decades. According to statistics, more than 40 million people in our country will suffer from a stress or anxiety related condition this year alone! Unfortunately, only 10 percent, or 4 million, of these will seek out stress treatment.
In 2002 , over 3 billion prescriptions for medications that treat stress or anxiety were filled, an average three prescriptions per American. The most often prescribed stress treatment medications include Paxil and Zoloft, bringing in more than $5 billion in sales.
Just as common is the tendency for those who struggle with stress and anxiety to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, around 42 percent of young Americans used a recreational drug like marijuana or alcohol to relieve stress. Too often, this only compounds the problem, adding substance abuse to the list of issues that cause stress.
The good news is that stress treatment can help!
Alleviate Mild Stress Naturally
If you are living with mild stress or occasional stress, you don’t necessarily need formal mental health therapy, stress treatment or medication. Beginning an exercise regimen can help, as can changing to a more healthful diet and getting a good night’s sleep. Some herbal supplements are recommended as well, but consult with a doctor before taking anything. If making simple changes like this don’t work for you after a few months, stress treatment may be appropriate.
Treatment Counseling Helps
Counseling and therapy is the first option in stress treatment. In private sessions, you have the privacy you need to talk about your definition of stress, your reactions to stressful situations and how your reactions are hurting you and those around you. Your counselor or therapist can help you with some immediate options to get you through stressful situations and discuss the possibility of medication or further treatment in the form of outpatient or inpatient stress treatment.
Outpatient Treatment Programs
In many cases, stress manifests in the form of panic attacks or anxiety attacks. These can be very serious and manifest in physical symptoms like rapid heart rate, arrhythmia, hyper ventilation, increased pulse rate and more. Some people pass out as well or end up in the hospital. When serious panic attacks are a symptom of stress, more serious stress treatments like outpatient treatment are needed.
At an outpatient stress treatment, you can expect to continue with therapy but you’ll also begin group sessions as well. Pharmacology may be an option, and you will speak with a psychiatrist and a medical physician for any prescriptions.
Inpatient Treatment Programs
Inpatient stress treatments are the most effective forms of treatments for stress, anxiety and panic available. Here you can find relief from the daily stress that cause you to have panic attacks, undergo therapy and learn how to control your reactions. These programs often last for 30 days or longer depending upon your comfort level and progress.
Choose Treatment Now
If you would like to learn more about stress treatment, call the phone number above. We can answer your questions about the different types of stress treatment and what you can expect. The sooner you choose stress treatment, the better that you will feel. Call now and let us help you find a stress treatment center near you.