How do we Approach Treatment for Panic Disorder?
We understand the lack of power a panic attack sufferer has to control her symptoms. Our panic disorder treatment program focuses on meeting each woman where she is.
Women with a history of panic attacks know that the loss of control over their thoughts and bodies are the most painful symptoms to experience. Those feelings of helplessness extend long after the physical symptoms of a panic attack subside, and if not treated, soon crowd out the joy, hope and love in a woman’s life.
The holistic, integrated treatment environment at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center can provide a safe place to find strength that’s been obscured by anxiety and fear. With our help, they can reclaim their lives, and renew their confidence in a bright, hopeful future.
We Focus on the Emotional Experiences Underlying Anxiety
Panic disorder treatment helps women learn safe ways to experience the fear that accompanies the first sign of an oncoming panic attack. While many women are successfully treated for panic disorders in an outpatient setting, others continue to suffer a constant fear can overtake their lives. Ineffective treatment can significantly worsen her anxiety symptoms; even triggering more acute panic attacks.
With the support of expert anxiety disorder treatment professionals, each resident suffering with an anxiety disorder will explore ways to become more mindful of her feelings. Our anxiety disorder treatment program addresses all aspects of a woman’s being:
- Social relationships
Each resident also receives coaching and reinforcement in key areas of interpersonal skills, distress tolerance and management, reality acceptance skills, and emotional regulation skills. This holistic approach to personal growth helps a woman suffering from panic attacks to achieve a greater sense of manageability in her life as a whole. With this, she also becomes better equipped to deal with times when she experiences symptoms of anxiety and panic.
One of the benefits of anxiety disorder treatment at holistic residential treatment centers like Timberline Knolls is that a woman will realize she is not alone, either in overcoming her anxiety, or addressing a co-occurring eating disorder or addiction. We understand the importance of creating an environment where women can openly express their feelings and sharing their experiences without being judged. A woman suffering with anxiety attacks or panic disorder will learn from staff and other residents who understand her recovery journey. We will help her develop healthy strategies to live in recovery one day at a time.
How Do Treatment Plans Address Panic Attacks and Co-Occurring Addictions?
Planning for successful panic disorder treatment, like treatment for other addictive behaviors and psychiatric conditions, must account for all accumulated knowledge about a resident. We leverage the experience of our entire anxiety disorders and addiction treatment staff to customize each resident’s care. This collaborative approach is one of the distinguishing elements of treatment for anxiety disorders, eating disorders and other addictions at a leading rehab center like Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.
Consideration of the resident’s treatment needs begins during the admissions process, when both the woman and her family provide information about her symptoms of anxiety or depression, triggers for panic attacks, and the ways these challenges have impacted her life. After obtaining consent, we consult her past treatment providers to gather additional medical and psychiatric history. This collaboration is also important to help our treatment team understand her past anxiety treatment progress and stumbling blocks to achieving or maintaining recovery from substance abuse or eating disorders.
In the case of school age women, we coordinate closely with her school to understand the academic roadblocks her panic attacks and anxiety may have created, and to support her in progress towards graduation during residential treatment.
Thorough Intake Assessment
Once she is admitted, each woman undergoes a comprehensive medical and psychiatric assessment. She is then assigned an anxiety disorder treatment team with several members whom she will meet individually after she settles in on campus:
- Primary therapist
- Family therapist
- Psychiatrist (MD)
- Internal medicine physician (MD)
- Registered dietician (RD)
Each treatment team member provides an assessment within the woman’s first days at Timberline Knolls. The findings are integrated and reviewed with our entire clinical staff, including other therapists and psychiatrists. As a result, our full knowledge about successful panic disorder treatment is integrated into each woman’s treatment plan.
Taking Ownership of Treatment
We believe it is critical for each woman to take ownership of her treatment and recovery from the outset. Once her treatment plan is formulated, our team’s recommendations are shared with the woman in her first care conference, which will include her primary therapist, family therapist, psychiatrist, discharge planner, nursing staff and lodge staff. This cooperative approach gives her input into the goals for her treatment and allows her to choose several elective elements of her program. She will be asked to sign off on her treatment objectives and the progression of her treatment plan for panic disorders, anxiety disorder and any co-occurring disorders. This conference also sets stage for ongoing collaboration between the woman and her treatment team throughout her stay in residential treatment.
Looking Forward to Recovery
Following the initial care conference, the treatment team will meet weekly throughout the resident’s stay, and consult each other informally to monitor her progress and to make sure her recovery needs are being fully supported. If new symptoms appear, a woman may also undergo additional psychological testing or medical evaluation to insure her treatment for panic attacks addresses all relevant aspects of her health.
Additionally, women with other medical symptoms or complications from panic disorders, anorexia or bulimia may be referred to consulting healthcare providers such as a neurologist, cardiologist, gynecologist, or gastroenterologist.
What Will You Experience At Our Treatment Center?
A woman’s experience at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center may differ dramatically from other anxiety treatment programs, drug rehab facilities or eating disorders treatment centers she has attended in the past. That is by design.
Comprehensive, Integrated Treatment and Recovery
Every woman recovering from panic attacks and anxiety disorders must develop tools she can trust to help her live in recovery when she experiences signs of an episode. We work with our residents to help them identify the conscious choices they are making throughout their day when their anxiety may trigger feelings of shame, fear or terror. Our caring staff provides continuous support as women learn to use new tools in situations where they would have previously turned to isolation from friends and family, depression, or to addictive disorders. As they gain confidence in their ability to make positive, healthy choices, women experience improved self-esteem, body acceptance, reduced stress and anxiety, healing of trauma, and increased self-awareness.
Comprehensive and individualized treatment plans use approaches proven to help women learn to experience their emotions and develop the tools to recover from anxiety and panic disorders. Specific examples include:
- one-on-one therapy sessions
- expressive and recreational therapy
- education about disease processes and recovery
- group sessions to teach and practice behavior modification and emotion management
- family therapy (including family participation, if appropriate)
- twelve-step facilitation
- onsite and offsite twelve-step meetings of Emotions Anonymous, AA, NA, OA and Al-anon
- weekly psychiatric consultation
- trauma awareness and recovery
- educational services for school-age women
Expressive Therapy Provides a Productive Outlet for Complex Emotions
Expressive therapy has been clinically proven to promote healing and recovery, in addition to providing a needed creative outlet for women during their treatment and beyond. For women who may have suffered academically or in the workplace because of panic disorder, the creative arts may be especially empowering.
Our expressive therapy program includes a variety of outlets a woman can select based on her personal interests:
- art therapy in a historical art studio that supports painting, sculpture and other media
- dance/movement therapy
- empowerment group (experiential trauma recovery)
- outdoor recreation such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, badminton or gardening on our 43 acre campus
Why Do We Focus on Co-Existing Conditions With Eating and Anxiety Disorders?
When treating women and girls for anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, or other addictive disorders, our specialized treatment team at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center never assumes we are treating an isolated disease. Frequently, anorexic or bulimic symptoms or substance abuse represent attempts by a woman to either:
- Reduce feelings of anxiety worsened by underlying psychiatric conditions that we refer to as co-occurring disorders; or,
- Control intense emotions related to unresolved traumatic experiences in her past.
Co-occurring disorders are recognized frequently in women suffering with panic attacks and anxiety disorders, but not always addressed appropriately by medical and behavioral health professionals who are primarily concerned with addressing chemical dependency or an eating disorder. Medical researchers have found that a large percentage of those who have an addiction or chemical dependency also have at least one other mental illness and/or personality disorder. Co-occurring disorders describe a situation where an eating disorder or addiction persists along with at least one other psychiatric illness that is active and negatively impacts the recovery process. Women with co-occurring disorders tend to have more severe symptoms of each illness and higher potential for relapse.
Examples of psychiatric conditions that frequently co-exist with substance abuse, anorexia, bulimia, and other addictive behaviors are:
- bipolar disorder
- anxiety disorders
- panic disorders
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- personality disorders
- various phobias and compulsions
For a person suffering with co-occurring disorders, attempts to address only the anxiety disorder, chemical dependency or eating disorder in isolation is at best incomplete, and at worst counterproductive. To facilitate life-long recovery, treatment providers need to have an in-depth understanding of each disease and the complex interactions between them all.
Call Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center today to learn more about how our mood and anxiety disorder treatment specialists may help you or your loved one overcome panic disorder or anxiety attacks, anorexia, bulimia, and other co-occurring disorders. We accept women and girls (ages 12 and up) for admission seven days a week.