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Anxiety Symptoms and Treatment

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Anxiety affects millions of people and can significantly impact daily life. At DeNovo Recovery Network in St. Joseph’s, Missouri, we provide comprehensive treatment for anxiety, especially for those with additional mental health or substance abuse issues. Our programs include Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP), Sober Living, and Aftercare services, all tailored to meet individual needs with exceptional care.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal response to stress but can become a problem when it’s constant or overwhelming. It can also be triggered by various factors, including an imbalance of chemicals in the brain such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. These chemicals, known as neurotransmitters, play a crucial role in regulating mood and emotions. When their levels are off, it can lead to anxiety symptoms.Common symptoms include:

  • Constant worry or fear
  • Restlessness or feeling on edge
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Trouble sleeping

Recognizing these symptoms is the first step toward getting help.

Tips and Support Options for Managing Anxiety

Managing anxiety often involves professional treatment and self-care. Here are some simple tips to help you cope with anxiety:

  1. Practice Mindfulness:
    • Meditation: Apps like Headspace or Calm offer guided meditations.
    • Deep Breathing: Techniques like diaphragmatic breathing can lower stress quickly.
    • Yoga: Combining movement with breath control and meditation improves well-being.
  2. Stay Active:
    • Regular Exercise: Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week to lift your mood.
    • Outdoor Activities: Spend time in nature with activities like hiking or walking in the park.
  3. Connect with Others:
    • Support Networks: Build a network of friends, family, or support groups for emotional help.
    • Join Support Groups: Find local or online support groups for people facing similar challenges.
  4. Establish a Routine:
    • Consistent Schedule: Maintain a regular daily schedule to create stability.
    • Healthy Habits: Balance your diet, get regular sleep, and manage your time well.
  5. Healthy Lifestyle Choices:
    • Balanced Diet: Eat nutritious foods like omega-3-rich fish, whole grains, and vegetables.
    • Limit Caffeine and Alcohol: Reduce these substances as they can increase anxiety.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment at DeNovo Recovery Network

Many people with anxiety also struggle with substance abuse or other mental health issues. Our dual diagnosis program treats both problems together by combining treatments for mental health and substance abuse through integrated treatment plans. We offer individual and group therapy sessions to explore anxiety and substance use, provide and monitor medication to manage anxiety, and use holistic therapies like mindfulness, yoga, and other approaches for overall well-being.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is for those who need more than traditional therapy but not full-time residential care. It allows you to keep up with work, school, or family while getting treatment, offering flexible scheduling. We use proven methods like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and facilitate support groups to connect with others facing similar challenges for mutual support.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) offers more intensive care for severe anxiety. It includes multiple therapy sessions each day, including individual, group, and family therapy. We ensure you get the medical support you need through medical supervision and teach coping skills, stress management, and relapse prevention techniques.

Sober Living and Aftercare Services

Recovery is a long-term journey. Our sober living and aftercare services help you continue your progress after completing intensive treatment. We provide safe, supportive environments for transitioning to independent living through sober living homes. Personalized aftercare plans ensure continued therapy and support, and we offer regular check-ins and access to resources to prevent relapse.8


Anxiety can be challenging, but with the right support, it can be managed. DeNovo Recovery Network offers advanced treatments and exceptional care to help you overcome anxiety. If you or someone you know is struggling, contact us today to learn more about our programs. Share this blog post to help others find the support they need.


What are common anxiety symptoms?

Common symptoms include constant worry, restlessness, fatigue, trouble concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, and trouble sleeping.

How does dual diagnosis treatment work?

It treats anxiety and substance abuse or other mental health issues together with combined treatment plans, therapy, medication, and holistic approaches.

What is the difference between IOP and PHP?

IOP is a flexible program for more support than regular therapy, while PHP is more intensive with daily therapy sessions and medical supervision.

What support options are available after completing an intensive treatment program?

Aftercare services include sober living homes, personalized aftercare plans, and ongoing support to prevent relapse.

How can I manage anxiety symptoms on my own?

Self-care strategies include practicing mindfulness, staying active, connecting with others, establishing a routine, and seeking professional help.