Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a normal reaction to the stresses of everyday life. Generally speaking, anxiety helps people to deal with difficult situations until they are resolved. It is a sign that there might be issues that need resolution. Pride Institute in Fort Lauderdale offers gay anxiety treatment programs to help recover from anxiety disorders.

For millions of people in the United States, however, anxiety becomes a constant, excessive, irrational fear of standard life situations. In these situations, anxiety transforms from a normal, healthy, day-to-day situation to one that controls a person’s life and has negative consequences. They may experience chest pains, or nightmares, and may even be fearful to leave their home. These people have anxiety disorders.

Anxiety disorders are the most common of emotional disorders, and affect more than 25 million Americans. LGBT people appear to experience higher levels of depression and anxiety than the general population.

Untreated anxiety disorders can lead people to avoid situations that set off or worsen their symptoms. People with anxiety disorders are prone to suffer from depression, and may abuse alcohol and other drugs in an attempt to gain relief from their symptoms. Work performance, school work, and personal relationships can also suffer.

What are the symptoms of anxiety disorders?

  • Overpowering feelings of panic and fear
  • Uncontrollable obsessive worries
  • Painful, disturbing memories
  • Recurring nightmares
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • Hyperventilation (uncontrollable rapid breathing)
  • Pounding heart
  • Muscle tension
  • Excessive fear or panic
  • An urge to stay away from a situation, place or person
  • Depression
  • Paranoia

What are the types of anxiety disorders?

  • Panic Disorder– the main symptom is the panic attack, an overwhelming mixture of physical and psychological distress
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder- obsessions and irrational feelings that keep reoccurring (compulsive behavior can be very troublesome to normal daily routines and social relationships)
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder- happens to individuals who have survived a severe or horrifying physical or emotional event
  • Phobias- excessive and persistent fear of a particular object, situation, or activity
    • Specific phobia — An intense or excessive fear of an object or situation that is not harmful
    • Social phobia (also called social anxiety disorder) — Considerable anxiety and discomfort about being embarrassed, or looked down on, in social or performance situations
    • Agoraphobia — This is the fear of being in circumstances where escape may be complicated or embarrassing or help might not be accessible in the event of panic symptoms
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder- ongoing, severe tension that hinders daily functioning (constant feelings of worry and helplessness to control the worries)

Is there help?

Yes, while each anxiety disorder has its own unique characteristics, most react well to two types of treatment: psychotherapy and medications. You don’t have to be afraid anymore. Pride Institute of Florida has been helping LGBT people recover from anxiety disorders for over 20 years. We can help you become yourself again, and tt all starts with a phone call.

Information provided by the National Institutes of Health, Gay Men’s Health Crisis & American Psychiatric Association

Take the next step now. Call 1.800.585.7257 (877-PRIDE-46) or click here to contact a member of our staff. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Treatment Programs
Substance abuse and mental health treatment at Pride Institute is provided in an environment that is highly affirmative to the LGBT community. Mental health treatment services are offered using a cognitive behavioral platform that allows us to help you make changes to both your thoughts and your behaviors.