Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. Our fight or flight system operates to save our lives. Yet, when anxiety becomes dysregulated and out of control, it can actually feel like it is taking away your life. You don’t leave the house for fear of having a panic attack. You go to the Emergency Room because you feel like you are dying. You fear social interactions and avoid them whenever possible. You feel extreme unease and apprehension about a variety of situations and you are unable to reassure yourself. You have countless checking rituals that take up hours of your day.
Anxiety is life preserving. Until it is not.
Anxiety is rampant in our culture and the most common mental health condition. It affects approximately 40 million American adults a year (or about 18% of the U.S. population) causing them to be filled with fear and uncertainty. It is very common for it to present with one or more other mental health conditions, such as chemical dependence or Bipolar Affective Disorder.
What we know for sure is that anxiety can be exhausting, disabling and prevent you or your loved one from living a fruitful, satisfying and enjoyable life.
True Life Center for Wellbeing has a tremendously high success rate of treating anxiety, because we understand the neurochemical basis of the condition. Scientists currently think that anxiety, like heart disease and type 1 diabetes, is complex and results from a combination of factors such as familial genetics to environmental influences such as physical and psychological stress, pollution, and diet. Genetic studies may help explain why some people exposed to trauma develop PTSD and others do not. Using brain imaging technology and neurochemical techniques, scientists have discovered that the amygdala and the hippocampus play significant roles in most anxiety disorders.
At the very heart of treatment at True Life, our patients can experience direct structural and anatomic changes to their brain that not only alleviate the debilitating symptoms of anxiety, but also allow them the freedom to be their best self and experience lasting transformation, free from the grips of anxiety. Call us today for the assessment that could change your life.
La Jolla and San Diego premium treatment for Anxiety, Serving clients in Southern California and Nationwide
If you ever dreamed of being in the idyllic setting of an upscale and beautiful seaside village, now is the time to seek the care you deserve in our La Jolla office. True Life Center for Wellbeing is located in Southern California in the jewel of La Jolla. We are the only true mental health integrative wellness center and a destination treatment center for clients Nationwide. Contact us now to begin the journey to your true life.
We are proud of our results driven practice and feel confident we can design a program tailored just for you or your loved one based on cutting-edge medical science and utilizing age-old proven holistic therapies to enhance and secure the change your experience.
True Life Center for Wellbeing is the ONLY Integrative Mental Health Treatment Center for Anxiety in San Diego County with a full-time staff of expert medical professionals working in concert with holistic practioners to get you Results. Call us now. We are dedicated to optimizing your mental health.
The following staff are here to facilitate your well being:
Executive Medical Director
Three full-time psychiatrists
At the very heart of our approach, is the scientific basis of structural and anatomical change in the brain that can arise from our treatment. We would expect decreased activity of the amygdala, the locus of many negative emotions, enhancement of the prefrontal cortex, which has the ability to regulate affect (your mood), increased concentration of gray matter in the hippocampus, the cognitive glue for memories and the modulator of stress, increased density in the posterior cingulate cortex, which builds insight and nurtures creativity, as well as the temporo-parietal junction, the epicenter for developing perspective and gaining empathy.
Join us, the Experts in Anxiety Treatment, and let us help you get well and experience a full recovery with a course of care that may include individual psychotherapy, medications, or even our intensive outpatient program.
Individual Psychotherapy has been shown to re-wire your brain and cause lasting, positive structural change for you to enjoy. Modern neuroscience reveals that one-on-one talk therapy can facilitate and create the same types of changes as medications. Therapy is the holding space and the professional relationship that allows people to experience true healing andtransformation. At True Life, we offer a wide range of psychotherapy styles, including psychodynamic, short-term, CBT, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Relational, and Interpersonal. We approach the doctor-patient relationship with a lot respect and care, and have a thoughtful approach to pairing the patient to the therapist, making sure it is a good fit, as it is the foundation that will facilitate the change you desire.
Group therapy, Education Classes, and Mindfulness Meditation are all integral parts of our treatment for anxiety because they contribute to personal growth and long-lasting development. We are aiming at certain parts of your brain that regulate your mood and create a sense of calm and security. A key part of our work is to give you the tools that will carry you through life and help you develop self-care practices that you use on a daily basis to maintain vibrant and full health.
How do I develop the coping skills that will help me maintain optimal mental health? At True Life, we set you up for success and teach you practices you can continue no matter where you are:
Yoga and Pilates
What is Anxiety and how do I know if I have it?
What are the different types of anxiety disorder?
There is not just one form of anxiety. In fact there are many manifestations, you might be familiar with some of these:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) If constant worry and fear distract you from your day-to-day life, or a persistent feeling of impending doom troubles you, you may be suffering from generalized anxiety disorder. People with GAD are chronic worriers who feel anxiety all of the time, though they often do not know why. Anxiety related to this type of anxiety often manifests as physical symptoms like insomnia, stomach upset, restlessness, and fatigue.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by intrusive thoughts or unwanted behaviors that seem uncontrollable. If you have OCD, you may be troubled by obsessions; such as a recurring worry that you forgot to turn off the oven or that you might hurt someone. You may also suffer from undesirable compulsions, such as repetitively washing your hands.
Panic Disorder is characterized by repeated, unexpected anxiety attacks, as well as the anticipation and fear of experiencing another episode. Panic disorder may also be accompanied by agoraphobia, which is a fear of being in places where escape or help would be difficult in the event of a panic attack. If you have agoraphobia, you are likely to avoid public places such as shopping malls or confined spaces such as an airplane.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an extreme anxiety disorder that can occur after a life-threatening or traumatic event. PTSD feels like a relentless panic attack. Symptoms include hypervigilence, easy startle, withdrawing from others, poor concentration, and avoiding situations that remind you of the event.
Social Anxiety Disorder If you have a debilitating fear of being seen negatively by others and humiliated in public, you may have social anxiety. It can be thought of as extreme shyness. In severe cases, social situations are avoided altogether. Performance anxiety (better known as stage fright) is the most common type of social phobia.
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
Emotional symptoms of anxiety
Primary symptoms of irrational and excessive fear and worry, as well as other manifestations:
Feelings of apprehension or dread
Feeling tense and irritable
Anticipating the worst
Hypervigilent for signs of danger
Feeling like your free-floating
Physical symptoms of anxiety
Anxiety is more than just a feeling. As a product of the body’s fight-or-flight response, anxiety involves a wide range of physical symptoms:
Upset stomach or dizziness
Frequent urination or diarrhea
Shortness of breath
Tremors and twitches
What are the symptoms of panic attacks?
Symptoms of panic attacks
Surge of overwhelming panic
Feeling of losing control or going crazy
Heart palpitations or chest pain
Feeling like you’re going to pass out
Trouble breathing or choking sensation
Hot flashes or chills
Trembling or shaking
Nausea or stomach cramps
Feeling detached or unreal
There are more types of anxiety than any other mental health condition, which brings all the more validity to our customized approach to wellness. Please call True Life Center for Wellbeing, we’d like to help you relieve your anxiety and return you to health. It is well known that the earlier patients seek treatment, the better chance they have at complete remission of symptoms. Do not hesitate in contacting us today.
What are the impacts of anxiety disorder?
Anxiety can be pervasive and invade and impact every area of your life. Despite rational debates with yourself, you cannot get it to go away. In the meantime, your health, friends, partner or spouse and children, work or hobbies have all been negatively impacted:
Anxiety takes your life away…
It impacts your health, weakens your immune system, worsens your sleep, and may drive you to drink or use other substances in a desperate attempt to feel better. Anxiety does significant damage to your physical body, and many researchers believe that chronic pain and medical conditions are exacerbated by anxiety and depression. It may make you more vulnerable to disease and cancer. Anxiety changes the blood flow pattern to your digestive system and may do long term damage to your gut. There are some who believe that Irritable Bowel Syndrome and many of the Inflammatory Diseases are exacerbated by chronic anxiety. There is a dynamic relationship between anxiety and depression and many researchers believe that they are related and they certainly affect each other negatively.
Anxiety also causes tremendous havoc on your relationships, work, leisure time and ability to care for yourself.
Isn’t it time to truly treat your anxiety? At True Life, we are committed to helping you manage your anxiety and teaching you ways to integrate personal health care practices that will maximize your joy and minimize your anxiety. Help us to help you, and call True Life Center for Wellbeing today.
Effective Treatment of Anxiety: Your path to Recovery and lasting Change
The leading neuroscience research and age-old proven holistic therapies both indicate that developing practices that reduce stress, and build resilience can increase protection from relapsing into anxiety, depression or even substance use. At True Life, we guide patients into the truest version of themselves, where they not only are free from pervasive anxiety, but they are also thriving and enjoying all of things that make them uniquely themselves. Effective Treatment means each individual patient is heard and understood, and a treatment plan that fits their symptoms is created. It may include one, none, or many medications, one-on-one psychotherapy with a psychiatrist or psychotherapist, the development of a meditation practice, dietary changes, an exercise plan, and a return to a personally meaningful spiritual practice. When modern science meets age-old wisdom, you become the benefactor of a lifetime of being truly you.
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