When individuals suffer from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), they are overwhelmed by excessive, extreme, and unrealistic worries, in addition to intense feelings of tension and dread, typically without any known stimulus. While anxiety is a normal emotion that everyone experiences at times throughout their lives, people who have GAD suffer from anxiety symptoms that are so severe that they result in significant impairment in an individual’s ability to function appropriately on a daily basis. For these individuals, simply getting through the day or following through on seemingly normal activities can lead to extreme distress as they try to fight through their overwhelming sense of anxiety.
At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, we recognize that having generalized anxiety disorder can have a grossly negative impact on a person’s life and have therefore developed treatment options specifically designed to address and treat the specific symptoms of this illness. We make it our goal to provide clients who are suffering from GAD with the tools they need to overcome those symptoms and find the relief they need in order to move past this trying time in their lives. Greenleaf is a 71-bed hospital dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for adults and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Our facility has undergone a complete renovation, including adding brand new furnishings to all of our units. This remodel allows us to proudly offer care in a modern and clean atmosphere that is conducive to meeting the needs of our clients in the least restrictive environment possible.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a child or loved one who is suffering from generalized anxiety disorder, you may be feeling frustrated and helpless as to what you can do to help him or her. You may be confused as to why there has been a decline in his or her occupational performance. You may feel hurt or isolated as your loved one seems to become more withdrawn as he or she attempts to deal with the symptoms he or she is facing. While it can be painful to watch your loved one going through these struggles, there are things that you can do to help aid in the treatment process. The following are some examples that may be beneficial as you work with your loved one towards getting him or her the help that he or she needs:
- Look into possible treatment options, and help your loved one find a qualified mental health professional with whom he or she can work.
- Take time to learn about GAD so that you can become educated on the many ways that the disorder negatively affects a person’s life.
- Ask your loved one what you can best do to help and show your support.
- Be a constant presence in your loved one’s life as he or she begins and continues through the treatment process.
Why Consider Treatment at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital
If left untreated, the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder will likely only continue to worsen. Without treatment, some people with GAD will end up finding that more facets of their lives have become negatively affected by the presence of their anxiety. These people may begin to feel trapped in their own minds. The symptoms of GAD may also lead some individuals down a dangerous path of searching out ways in which they can self-medicate, including the use of alcohol and other drugs. However, with proper therapeutic interventions, generalized anxiety disorder can be successfully treated and those suffering from it can go on to lead happy and fulfilling lives.
Inpatient treatment programs have been known to be a beneficial way of thoroughly treating generalized anxiety disorder. The staff in inpatient programs are able to determine each individual’s exact needs and develop treatment plans based solely on those unique needs. By receiving treatment at an inpatient level, people with GAD are able to walk away from the stressors of their everyday lives that may be triggering much of their anxiety. This will not only allow them to focus solely on becoming well, but it will provide them with the opportunity to develop the tools necessary to positively confront those stressors once they leave treatment.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, we recognize that our clients have walked a long path before reaching our doors, facing a variety of complications throughout that journey. We have made it our mission to accept the responsibility as the destination of that journey and commit to giving one hundred percent of ourselves in effort and training in order to become experts in our field so that we can provide exceptional treatment and therapeutic programming in a safe environment. Our goal is to instill confidence in our clients so that they can walk out of our doors and successfully navigate the path to full recovery.
Types of Treatment Offered at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital
Upon arriving at Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital, each client will participate in a comprehensive evaluation to provide our staff with the information that we need to determine his or her exact treatment needs. Once this evaluation is complete, it will be reviewed by one of our psychiatrists to determine the most appropriate level of care and to confirm admission. Our approach to treatment is client-centered, and all of our programs are designed to meet the individual needs of our clients through a compassionate approach that is led by a team of highly trained psychiatrists and mental health professionals. Some of the treatment methods that we use here at Greenleaf include:
Medication management: Anti-anxiety medications are commonly used to help alleviate the symptoms of GAD. Whether or not medication will be used will be determined during the development of the client’s treatment plan. Those who will take medication will meet with a psychiatrist daily for medication management.
Individual therapy sessions are held on an as-needed basis and are meant to be a time where clients can meet privately with their therapist in order to help them learn how to cope with the symptoms of their anxiety and work towards developing coping skills and other tools necessary to help control the onset of future symptoms.
Group therapy sessions are held four times each day and cover a wide variety of topics. Some of the major topics that are discussed during these group sessions include how to manage stress, how to appropriately deal with anger, and how to effectively express emotions.
Family therapy sessions are held on an as-needed basis. Additionally, we provide educational sessions to the family members of our clients to help them learn more about generalized anxiety disorder and guide them in how they can best support their loved one.
Recreational therapy is held once a day for adults. This is a time where individuals are given a chance to participate in physical activities such as playing tennis and basketball, or using our pool and gym facilities.
At Greenleaf, we also pride ourselves in the working relationships that we have with mental health providers outside of our hospital. We allow outpatient therapists to come in and meet with their clients while being treated in our hospital, with the goal of increasing the comfort level that we strive to provide for our clients.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
In addition to our inpatient treatment center, Greenleaf also offers outpatient treatment options for clients who are ready to step down from the inpatient level of care. We offer different outpatient treatment tracks, including a substance abuse track and a mental health track. Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) is designed to treat adults and meets for four hours each day. This program typically lasts for a period of 2-4 weeks and offers group sessions that cover topics like coping skills, relaxation, and anger management. During these programs, clients will meet on a weekly basis with a therapist and will have weekly sessions with a psychiatrist for medication management. Some clients, on the other hand, might find that they are ready to return home. When the time to discharge from our program approaches, we work to set our patients up with outpatient therapists and outside aftercare programs, as well as to help identify any appropriate community resources. Additionally, we offer an aftercare program every Thursday in order for us to check in on clients who have been discharged from our programs and make sure that they are comfortable in their integration back into their home lives.