Finding Treatment For Anxiety In Young AdultsFebruary 8, 2021
With the mental health crisis in the United States still on the rise, anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders that young adults face. Many anxiety conditions go undetected and untreated. The good news is that if you are suffering from an anxiety disorder, getting treatment and engaging in recovery can help you manage your symptoms and engage in a productive, meaningful life.
Options for treating anxiety in young adults
While there isn’t a cure for anxiety, recovery and treatment allow those suffering from anxiety to actively move toward wellness. The first step toward treatment is receiving a specified diagnosis that can help guide your individual recovery. In order to be diagnosed with anxiety, you need to display symptoms of excessive and persistent worrying that impacts your daily life and ability to function.
Once you’ve been given a diagnosis, your doctor will likely present you with a range of options to help you manage your anxiety. The most common options for treatment include medication and psychotherapy, but there are newer approaches to treatment with promising results such as wilderness therapy that can have substantial and lasting impacts as well.
Medication is one of the first treatment options doctors typically recommend for anxiety patients as it is known to help manage the symptoms of the disorder. However, all people react differently to these medications and it can take some time to find the correct medication and dosage that works best for you. If medication isn’t working for you right away, be patient while you and your doctor work through the most effective medicine for you.
Another common treatment approach is psychotherapy, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy. This talk therapy can be used as an isolated treatment or in combination with medication. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been found to be especially helpful in anxiety patients because it builds your natural resiliency and provides coping tools to help you understand, prevent, and manage anxious episodes.
An alternative type of treatment to these standard practices is adventure-based wilderness therapy. These programs offer an integrative approach to care that combines the aspects of traditional therapy with innovative and hands-on wilderness therapy. At a wilderness-based program like Trails Momentum, they offer standard assessment and building of coping skills, but they also tackle identity and self esteem. Research has shown that these programs help to build success-oriented identities by increasing self-worth, internal locus of control, and improving interpersonal relationships.
With all treatment options, it’s important to build and maintain your support network. Friends, family, and partners can provide important support and encouragement to help you stay on track for recovery.
Trails Momentum can help
Trails Momentum is an adventure-based wilderness therapy program that offers 18-25 year olds a pathway to successfully transition into adulthood. For those who are disenchanted with traditional therapy, we provide an innovative approach to help young adults that are struggling with anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.
Our adventuring programming offers students a variety of pathways to help them develop skills, form new friendships, take on leadership roles, and step out of their comfort zone. For more information, please call (828) 457-8576.