Treating Anxiety Disorders in Delray Beach

How Dr. Rodriguez Treats Anxiety Disorders in Delray Beach

Anxiety Disorder is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States, affecting over 40 million adults or about 18% of the adult population. Fortunately, anxiety disorder symptoms are highly treatable even on an outpatient basis through psychiatry and psychopharmacology. The use of individual and group therapy, specifically cognitive behavioral therapy, along with medication has proven to significantly reduce the symptoms of anxiety. Patients who receive a combination of medication and behavioral therapy on a consistent basis are able to be happy and functional, and can avoid the need for hospitalization due to acute anxiety or panic attacks.

Unique Anxiety Disorders in Delray Beach

Delray Beach, and the greater Palm Beach / South Florida area, has long been a retirement destination for older adults from other parts of the country. The allure of no longer enduring cold winters has a powerful pull to it. However, a lot of the patients we see at our outpatient mental health center experience bouts of depression and anxiety soon after relocating to South Florida. This situational form of depression and anxiety, sometimes referred to as “Florida Syndrome,” occurs for a couple of reasons:

  1. Loss of connection: When people retire down to Florida, they are not only giving up the social structure of their jobs, but are also leaving behinds friends, family, neighbors, and social acquaintances. Individuals who relocate to Florida for retirement often report feeling isolated and without purpose after the big move. Left unresolved, these negative feelings can evolve into depression or an anxiety disorder.
  2. Anticlimax: For many, retiring and moving to Florida is a goal they have in mind for years, something they’ve planned and worked hard to achieve. After all that build up, when people finally do move to Florida, they often report feeling let down. It is only natural, when expectations are so high, for the end result to seem anticlimactic. For some this fact is extremely distressing, and again can contribute to depression or anxiety.

If the above example is something you can relate to, there is no need to panic. Our center for the treatment of anxiety disorders in Delray Beach offer a number of helpful tools for coping with emotional distress. These includes psychiatry, individual therapy, group therapy, and even TMS, a non-invasive treatment for chronic, clinical depression and anxiety. Our program accepts a number of insurances, including Medicare, and we have providers on staff who specialize in treating older adults.

If you or your loved one is suffering from anxiety disorder, do not hesitate to contact us or call 888-551-6281 to set up an initial assessment with our expert team for anxiety treatment.
Dr. Raul J. Rodriguez

Dr. Raul Rodriguez

DABPN, DABAM, MRO