Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a disorder that can be a debilitating condition for many individuals who are diagnosed with it. GAD is characterized by irrational and overstated anxiety that occurs even when one has no actual reason to worry. While everyone has some amount of anxiety in their lives, those with GAD experience a severe amount of anxiety on a continuous and regular basis. The anxiety associated with this disorder is so bad at times that it begins to impact an individual’s ability to complete daily tasks. Individuals with generalized anxiety disorder report that they can’t always identify specific triggers that cause the development of their anxiety. A great deal of the time, the anxiety comes out of nowhere and completely overwhelms the individual.
At Cascade, we know how exhausting it can be to feel trapped in the world, never knowing when the next wave of anxiety will hit. With proper treatment, medication management, and support, anxiety symptoms can be controlled. We want you to know that you can successfully learn how to overcome your anxiety and live a life with less stress and worry.
Why Seniors Should Consider Inpatient Treatment for GAD at Cascade
With the high possibility for generalized anxiety disorder to cause significant negative consequences, it should be treated as soon as possible. If left alone, an individual will continue to worry and stress so much that soon they will no longer be able to properly function in society. In some severe cases, an individual may not be able to leave their house for fear of what may happen if they do. This causes job loss and complete social isolation.
At Cascade, we offer a broad range of treatment options, which allows us to customize the program for each patient’s individual needs. Additionally, the intimate care setting allows for more personal attention, in which we are able to get to know each individual and their family on a first-name basis. We focus on treatment and activities that support patient-centered care. We also believe that people truly want to learn more about their own health in order to become more active participants in their care.
Cascade Behavioral Health has leading health care experts who offer genuine compassion and have a commitment to treating you as an individual. The innovative programs we have created exist to comfort, educate, and empower our patients and their loved ones. We take a holistic approach to every aspect of care, which also includes the environment. This is why at Cascade you will find homelike, welcoming spaces that are designed to support the healing process. Our nursing stations are always approachable and patient care areas are created to promote a sense of calm.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
The staff here at Cascade knows that when an illness is present it doesn’t just affect an individual physically, but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually as well. This is why we firmly believe in caring for the whole person. We believe that each patient has rights, responsibilities, and choices when it comes to their healthcare. Additionally, we know that each patient has unique physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and cultural needs. This approach to treatment empowers our patients to be involved in their own mental health care and encourages healing partnerships between all those involved in the process.
Treatment Options for GAD at Cascade
The treatment programs at Cascade are there to optimize care with minimal disruption to patients’ lives. All programs include treatment to stabilize a patient’s condition, lectures for educational purposes, and individual and group therapy sessions. Before treatment can begin, comprehensive assessments are conducted to determine which program is best suited for your needs. We will determine if there are any substances in your system and if you are presenting with any co-occurring disorders.
Most commonly, GAD is treated with a combination of medication and therapeutic modalities. If your treatment plan dictates that you would benefit from medication, you will likely be given anxiety medication to help manage your symptoms. Once you have learned to better control your anxiety, medication dosage may be reduced or eliminated. All medication decisions and management will be determined by you and your treatment team. In addition to any medication that may be used, we also employ a number of other therapeutic techniques.
Our therapeutic techniques are used to treat generalized anxiety disorder and are comprised of different treatment modalities. We know that not everyone experiences anxiety in the same way, so we make sure that we use the treatments that work best for you. Additionally, we consistently reassess your condition throughout your stay so we can alter your plan as necessary.
Individual sessions will be held with you and a counselor, giving you time to process emotions surrounding your anxiety. Additionally, group sessions will be held so that you can work with others who are going through similar troubling times. Groups allow individuals to work together to learn more effective coping strategies and life skills. Through group work individuals can also build a stronger support network. Groups are held daily and cover a wide range of topics.
We understand that every individual we treat is part of a larger family and community. At Cascade, we welcome the involvement of friends and family as care partners. A care partner is an individual chosen by the patient who will be involved in their healthcare experience. The support of a loved one is vital during time of illness. A care partner is there to offer the love, support, and encouragement that make a huge difference in the healing process. Many times all a patient needs is a reassuring touch or encouraging smile.
We attempt to help lower stress and increase comfort levels to help patients feel better and accelerate the recovery process. Patients have more than just physical needs and so we complement traditional medical care with a variety of other programs including:
- Art therapy
- Spiritual care
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
When the inpatient treatment process is coming to an end we will work with you to ensure that an effective aftercare plan is put into place. At Cascade, we want to ensure that all parts are in place so that you can have a smooth transition into the next phase of your treatment, allowing you to continue making progress toward your recovery goals. Some individuals will be ready to discharge home, while others will step down into a less intense level of care. Cascade offers an outpatient program that gives individuals enough flexibility to still meet their work and school obligations. Our outpatient program uses techniques such as group therapy, family therapy, and informational lectures. Patients are taught skills such as stress management, relapse prevention, and life skills. Both morning and evening group times are available.
Serving the Greater SeaTac Area
Our location in Tukwila allows for us to serve residents from all over Seattle, including Renton, Burien, and Des Moines. Call us today to begin the process of recovering from a chemical dependency.