Cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety can help. Recovatry specializes in helping people overcome anxiety in Amarillo. We’ve successfully treated anxiety disorders for a variety of patient types.
Anxiety is characterized by high energy, unpleasant mood states. Thought patterns commonly associated with anxiety disorders are catastrophic, constricted, and threatening in nature. We diagnose anxiety using the GAD-7, a valid and reliable diagnostic tool with seven criteria, each measured on a 4-point Likert scale. Scores above five indicate likelihood of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), which warrants clinical intervention. Scores between 5-10 indicate mild anxiety, 10-14 indicate moderate anxiety, and scores above 15 are considered severe.
There are various other associated mood disorders, and to keep things simple we’re only referring to GAD and it’s measure here. For more information on anxiety-related mental health conditions, please schedule a consultation with one of our therapists.
We often partner with prescribers (i.e., MD’s), either PCPs or psychiatrists. There are barriers to treatment in Amarillo. Namely, long wait lists and lack of an adequate number of psychiatrists in our area. Therefore, most of our prescriber partners are PCPs. As a matter of fact, 40% of people with anxiety begin the conversation about treatment with their PCP. It can be a good place to start.
At Recovatry, we’re skilled in what’s known as cognitive behavioral therapy. This form of psychotherapy usually combines several different interventions: psychoeducation, worry exposure, relaxation, applied relaxation, problem-solving, cognitive re-structuring, and interpersonal psychotherapy. We truly enjoy helping people find peace, which is what our clients usually experience as the result of successful treatment.
Severe cases of anxiety often require pharmacotherapy and frequent monitoring which calls on our network of prescribers to implement what’s known as collaborative care. In essence, we create a team of professional and support people to help our patients recover.