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Over 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety, making anxiety disorders the most common mental health conditions in the United States.
At McLean Hospital, we are committed to providing support for individuals with anxiety disorders through our world-class approach to treatment.
McLean Hospital offers comprehensive mental health services to help children and adults who struggle with anxiety.
Our proven treatment models are informed by innovative research conducted at McLean and around the world. Treatment is tailored for each individual, incorporating various approaches to help ensure recovery.
McLean’s inpatient programs offer a safe and secure environment for patients in need of immediate acute care, while our residential, day, and outpatient programs focus on providing skills for patients to manage their illnesses on their own.
Our anxiety care incorporates individual, group, and family therapy, behavioral therapies, diagnostic assessment, consultation services, customized treatment plans, and medication consultation.
We are dedicated to providing robust patient and family education and support, including informational materials, support groups, and assistance with community resources.
At McLean, we specialize in making sure individuals have the tools they need to manage their illnesses.
Each patient works with a treatment team that creates a tailored care plan that addresses unique needs and goals.
Our approach to anxiety treatment includes robust assessment and attention to factors such as home/work life and medical issues. This ensures that we are working with you on solutions that will help you to identify the underlying causes of your anxiety and address all of your symptoms together. At the same time, we help you to build skills to set you on the path to recovery.
Sometimes, medication or other interventions are needed to properly care for your symptoms. We work with you to understand your options and find the care that will provide you relief.
For many people, anxiety is not the only mental health issue they are struggling with. Many times, anxiety occurs along with another diagnosis, such as substance addiction or depression.
If you have coexisting conditions, we provide support to help you understand and cope with all of the symptoms you are experiencing.
Behavioral therapies teach patients to connect their thoughts and actions to learn to think and behave differently. This type of therapy has been proven to be effective in helping patients with anxiety and related disorders.
McLean employs a variety of these skill-based therapies, such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
CBT shows people how to recognize unhelpful ways of thinking. It also teaches individuals problem-solving and coping skills to use in complex situations. Together this can result in increased confidence and ability to manage situations and difficult symptoms.
ACT promotes a willingness to accept and address—rather than avoid—difficult thoughts and emotions. This therapy can also be useful in reducing barriers to other forms of treatment.
DBT uses a combination of cognitive behavioral techniques and mindfulness principles to help people gain better control over their actions and to allow for a different way of managing intense feelings.
Mary was struggling with anxiety and other mental health challenges, but treatment at McLean—and the support of her sister—turned her life around.
Family is an important component of anxiety care and ongoing efforts to support lifelong mental wellness. With the patient’s permission, family members are involved in assessment, care, and aftercare planning.
Support from family and friends is often very important for a patient’s recovery as they learn the skills they need to manage their illness. We work with family members and significant others to help support patients as they return to their home environments. Educating and supporting the family sets up the patient for continued success as they transition back to the care of their family/clinical support network.
Helping someone who is struggling with their mental health can be a challenge for family and close friends. Treating an individual also includes resources, groups, and support for family members. This prevents burnout and other unwanted effects throughout the family.
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