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.
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:
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.