Treatments for Anxiety

My name is Roger Hollingsworth. I’m a licensed clinical social worker. I’m the lead therapist here at St.  Mark’sIntensive Outpatient Program.

Some of the symptoms of anxiety are an increase in heart rate. The heart will often increase to feed the muscles so that we can respond in a fight or flight type of response. The body, however, doesn’t know if the fear is real or imagined, so it doesn’t matter. Sometimes we can have anxiety over things that aren’t really scary but because we don’t know that we respond in the same way. Someone might know when they need to go see or seek help for anxiety when that anxiety becomes so prevalent in their lives that they’re unable to preform activities of daily living in a way that allows them to be successful in their life.

Here at St. Mark’s we try to provide care that is trauma-informed. So we are very validating of the person’s experience. There’s no judgment, we all behave in a way that helps to provide a sense of safety. And sometimes those behaviors can be maladaptive and can cause additional harm. And so we try to teach skills that help us to change our defense mechanisms into coping strategies that are effective in reducing the effects of say, anxiety or depression.

The symptoms of depression are typically sadness which most of us feel. With depression we often have this lack of interest in activities that were once enjoyable. We might find ourselves with a lower degree of motivation. Depression can make it difficult for someone to even want to get out of bed. Sometimes there might not be a known cause.

Treatments for Depression

Here at St.  Marks we have an Intensive Outpatient Program. It’s a three day a week, three hour a day, program where there’s a focus on processing through some of those depressive experiences and is overseen by a psychiatrist where the patient can meet with that psychiatrist on a weekly basis to make sure that meds are working effectively and that their needs are met on the medical end. If a person becomes unsafe because of depression or becomes suicidal and does not feel safe, there is Inpatient. Inpatient is a level of treatment where there is much more of a monitoring of the patient and their symptoms.

This level of treatment is short-term,is only designed to stabilize the patient. Depression can often lead someone to feel suicidal. My best advice: for someone to get help as quickly as possible when those type of feelings are present.