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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety disorders may be difficult to recognize. In a healthy individual, fear is caused by a threat or challenge and helps us to take action. Someone with an anxiety disorder will experience an excessive state of apprehension, uncertainty or fear - and the response is often not attributable to a real threat. Even after the threat is gone, the anxiety persists.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem in the U.S. In fact, more than 40 million adults and 1 in 10 children and adolescents suffer from an anxiety disorder in any given year.

Anxiety comes in many forms. These troublesome maladies include generalized, social, academic, and/or performance anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive and panic disorders. The good news is that anxiety is treatable, and Linden Oaks at Edward can help.

For more information or to set up a free behavioral health assessment, contact us at (630) 305-5027.

Anxiety Video - Mental Health First Aid on Fox Valley TelevisionAnxiety Video - Mental Health First Aid on Fox Valley Television

  • Guest: Dr. JoAnn Wright
  • Learn about Anxiety and various treatments


AnxietyAware Online Assessment

AnxietyAware: Take our free 5-minute online test to learn your risk

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults age 18 and older. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.

Through the resources at Linden Oaks at Edward, we can get you the treatment you need to help get your life back. Take our free 5-minute online AnxietyAware test to learn your risk.


Anxiety Program Treatment

The therapy for anxiety related disorders is tailored to your individual needs. Participants take part in individual and group therapy, and educational groups. “Ask the doctor” discussions, led by our medical director, are held weekly to give individuals the opportunity to tackle specific areas of anxiety. “Mindfulness” sessions are included in daily programming. This unique component helps participants connect with the moment at hand to take control and reduce anxious thoughts.

The therapeutic approach to treating individuals with anxiety disorders specific draws from a variety of approaches; all under the umbrella of cognitive behavioral therapy:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is the most innovative type of behavior therapy. Rather than eliminating anxiety, ACT focuses on clarifying values and setting a direction in life. The patient commits to moving toward these goals as a way to cope with anxiety.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is effective for social anxiety including school refusal. It focuses on interpersonal skills, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and mindfulness.

Exposure and Response Prevention helps patients confront anxiety through exposure to the feared object until the escape response is discontinued. This method is effective for a variety of anxiety disorders including obsessive compulsive disorder and phobias.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy increases an individual’s ability to connect with the present moment to quiet symptoms of anxiety and anxious thoughts that are typically based in the future.


The Anxiety Treatment Team

The intensive outpatient care team includes a licensed clinical psychologist, a psychiatrist, clinical therapists, and psychiatric nurses. Our mental health professionals are highly specialized in using innovative therapy options to treat anxiety. We have helped many people overcome anxiety and live more balanced lives.


Anxiety symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Digestive problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Muscle tension
  • Trembling hands, legs, or feet
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Excessive worry
  • Heart palpitations
  • Cold or sweaty hands
  • Excessive indecisiveness
  • Feelings of panic
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Racing thoughts
  • Fear of social situations
  • Inability to perform daily activities


Adolescent Anxiety

Anxiety and the School Refusal Program

Anxiety, avoidance, and/or refusal to attend school can have significant short- and long-term effects on social, emotional, and educational development for adolescents. Assessment and management of these issues require a collaborative approach that includes the student, school staff, parents, and mental health professionals. Linden Oaks is here to help.

Our Anxiety treatment program cares for adolescents with generalized anxiety disorders, school refusal or avoidance issues, panic disorders, social and specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder in adolescents. Often these conditions are compounded with depression, noncompliance with medical regimen, and other medical psychiatric disorders. Our treatment uses evidence based practices to address underlying mental health issues with an ultimate goal of helping individuals reduce impulsivity and/or self-destructive behaviors, and cultivate a meaningful life. Adolescents may be referred from parents, schools, therapists, physicians, or simply walk in for a free and confidential assessment.

Linden Oaks Adolescent Program Features:

  • Four separate levels of adolescent care
  • School liaison assigned to each case
  • On-site school transition staffing
  • Evidence-based protocols including exposure and response prevention
  • Medication management
  • Individual Program and Treatment Plans
  • Multi-disciplinary team including expressive therapies
  • Comprehensive school refusal assessment
  • Family therapy and family support

Adolescent Anxiety Program Treatment

Treatment at Linden Oaks is anchored in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) methodologies, a treatment philosophy to assist in viewing adolescents’ challenges from a functional, strength-based perspective and a structure that helps move adolescents toward positive change while increasing a sense of mastery and skillful living.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy has been shown, in repeated, randomized clinical trials, to be effective treatments for a variety of mental health issues in adolescents, including but not limited to major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance use/addiction disorders and personality disorders.

Linden Oaks treatment approach combines individual, family, and group therapy coupled with classroom instruction to help adolescents learn to manage and regulate intense emotions and extreme mood swings while assisting in reducing anxiety in academics and social situations. Ultimately the goal is to help individuals improve their daily functioning and cultivate a meaningful life.

To learn more about Linden Oaks adolescent anxiety treatment, call 630-305-5027 to schedule a free and confidential assessment.

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