Exclusive Anxiety Treatment Center
Our treatment programmes for anxiety are centered on intensive psychotherapy, biochemical restoration and the mind-body relationship. Our comprehensive and bespoke treatment aims to help clients effectively manage the symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and many other anxiety disorders.
exclusive and bespoke residential treatment for anxiety disorders
At Paracelsus Recovery, we provide comprehensive, exclusive and bespoke residential treatment for anxiety disorders. We only have one client at a time and we will tailor-make the treatment programme to suit your specific needs.
We use psychotherapeutic techniques such as mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy to minimise the psychological symptoms of anxiety. To help you navigate the physical symptoms of anxiety, we will also incorporate relaxation therapies such as massage and yoga or holistic therapies such as acupuncture into your treatment programme as appropriate. You will be also be assigned a live-in therapist who will stay in the same residence and be available for emotional support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We provide extensive biochemical testing to identify any imbalances and chemical deficiencies. Our experts pay special attention to gut-health as many studies show that the gut plays an important role in the development of anxiety.
Our unique combination of psychotherapy, complementary therapies and biochemical restoration are normally enough to eliminate the symptoms of anxiety and restore wellbeing. However, our psychiatrist may prescribe medication, if required, to help you get through the acute phase.
We can provide treatment for anxiety in our residential treatment centres in Zurich and in London.
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Symptoms of anxiety include:
- Feeling persistently terrified for no rational reason.
- Having a constant sense of impending panic or danger.
- Intrusive thoughts or fears.
- Trouble concentrating on anything except present worries.
- Sleep issues and fatigue.
- Panic attacks.
- Physical symptoms such as chest tightness, stomach pains or cramps, headaches, light-headedness, dizziness, tinnitus, vertigo or sensitivity to light.
- Heart palpitations and a hyperawareness of one’s heartbeat.
- Feeling overstimulated in busy environments or constantly checking for danger.
Types of Anxiety Disorders include:
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
Generalised anxiety disorder is the most common type of anxiety. It is characterised by an excessive, persistent and unreasonable sense of fear and worry that interferes with a person’s life. These emotions are usually accompanied by physical symptoms such as restlessness, difficulty concentrating or muscle tension. Symptoms will range from mild to severe.
With a panic disorder, a person experiences overwhelming amounts of physical and psychological distress which can feel very similar to a heart attack. Symptoms include intense chest pain, feeling numb, dissociating from their environment and numerous other challenging and frightening experiences.
A specific phobia occurs when a person suffers from an intense and overwhelming fear of a single object, place or animal.
Agoraphobia is a complex phobia where a person feels terrified of situations that could be difficult to escape from in the event of an emergency, such as elevators or crowded places.
Social anxiety disorder (Social phobias)
Social anxiety disorder is another type of complex phobia which occurs when a person feels significant anxiety about being humiliated, rejected or embarrassed in a social setting.
When a person suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), they experience distressing and intrusive thoughts (obsessions) which can only be stopped by acting out specific impulsive actions (compulsions).
Separation anxiety disorder
Separation anxiety disorder, as the name implies, can make a person feel excessively fearful about being separated from loved ones. To be diagnosed with separation anxiety disorder, the fear must be beyond what is appropriate for the person’s age, persist for over four weeks in children and six months in adults and interfere with the individual’s life.
Anxiety is a normal response to a frightening or stressful experience. When a person feels anxious, their heart rate speeds up and their brain sends hormones throughout their body to keep them hyper-alert and vigilant. Once they have completed the task or are removed from the dangerous environment, their mind calms down and their body returns to normal. When a person suffers from an anxiety disorder, these fear-induced symptoms do not cease and can result in feelings of being overwhelmed, fear, anger and persistent worry for no specific reason.
When a person feels intense emotions like these, their brain is hard-wired to seek out the cause of these emotions. When they are unable to find that trigger, they can look to their past, their future or within themselves to try and figure out why they feel so afraid and tense. This can lead to overthinking, low self-esteem, negative thoughts about one’s abilities, indecisiveness, exhaustion and feeling ‘on edge’. These reactions to the anxiety will exacerbate the pre-existing symptoms and result in a negative feedback loop which can be very difficult to control.
Substance abuse can occur as a coping mechanism for these anxiety-induced negative thoughts and intense emotions. Anxiety is one of the leading causes of substance abuse and when combined, they can lead to depression or other mental health conditions.
Anxiety disorders arise from a complex set of risk factors which include personality traits, life-events, genetic vulnerability and brain chemistry.
The best treatment for anxiety is centered on a multidisciplinary approach that includes psychotherapy and lifestyle adjustments. Studies show that psychotherapeutic techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy and gradual exposure therapy are highly effective in treating anxiety. Research also indicates that adequate sleep, nutrition and exercise are crucial for anxiety-management, but medication may be necessary if symptoms are severe.
At Paracelsus Recovery, our anxiety treatment is centered on biochemical restoration, intensive psychotherapy and re-strengthening the mind-body connection. Upon arrival, we will provide an extensive assessment to identify what type of anxiety disorder is present, what the underlying causes of the anxiety disorder are and any co-occurring mental health conditions. We will then tailor-make an individualised treatment plan to help you manage their symptoms and restore your physical and psychological equilibrium.
Substance abuse issues can occur as a coping mechanism for the symptoms of an anxiety disorder. For example, if a person suffers from social anxiety they might rely on alcohol in social settings to calm their nerves. However, alcohol is a depressant and weakens the brain’s ability to regulate emotions which intensifies symptoms of anxiety in the long term. This can lead to more reliance on the substance and create a vicious cycle.
The best treatment for anxiety and depression is one that recognises the interrelated nature of these two mental health conditions. At Paracelsus Recovery, we will tailor-make our treatment programmes to your specific needs and can treat multiple mental health conditions simultaneously.