fear-action-imgDear Patients and Colleagues,

During these unprecedented times, The Anxiety Treatment Center continues to provide our regular services for those struggling with anxiety disorders and related conditions. As such, we want to stress that we are following all the CDC guidelines to support a safe environment and have taken extra precautions to support social distancing including the following: Any patients who come into the facility will head straight to their treatment room; group and family meetings are conducted via telehealth; parental check-ins are done via a form that parents can complete daily or by phone; children are dropped off at the facility and parents do not enter; guests or visitors are not permitted under any circumstances. Additionally, sanitation stations are located throughout the facility and extra cleaning has been instituted.

In addition to continuing to provide treatment within the facility, The Anxiety Treatment Center is also approved to provide telehealth services for all levels of care. This new feature will support keeping our staff and our patients safe, while also continuing to provide excellent treatment services to those who need it most – no matter the circumstances that may be going on in the community around them.

Zoom, a HIPAA-compliant video conferencing tool that is safe, secure, and confidential, will allow us to care for our patients while also protecting them by practicing social distancing. As always The ATC will also run all patient benefits for the desired level of treatment to ensure coverage by your insurance company for this service.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here for you as well as the community at large.

About Anxiety-

It is estimated that anxiety disorders affect more than 17 million Americans. These conditions, which are considered to be serious medical illnesses, require specialized treatment services. Extensive research in the past several years confirms that there are effective treatments that help decrease and even eliminate anxiety that previously may have been disabling.

Anxiety is the result of fear. When we are afraid, our body responds by producing physiological symptoms such as heart palpitations, sweating, trembling or shaking, shortness of breath, dizziness, and chest pain or discomfort. These symptoms tend to produce a “fight or flight response” which causes us to take action so that we can be “safe.” Typically ones instinct is to go into a “flight” response, rather than stay and “fight” what is scaring us. Hence, we often times see individuals whose lives have become significantly limited due to avoidance of the situations that are producing the anxiety.

According to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV), there are 11 forms of Anxiety Disorders. While these disorders may vary in terms of etiology, they share several similar characteristics. For instance, these disorders can cause both physiological and psychological distress.

Without treatment often times symptoms will become worse, impairing one’s social, occupational, vocational, and other key areas in one’s life.