Disorders We Commonly Treat
What Disorders Do You Commonly See?
The program is designed to provide a broad range of diagnostic and treatment services for a variety of anxiety-related problems including the obsessive-compulsive spectrum, panic disorder, separation anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress, and more generalized problems involving excessive worry, anxiety, and stress reactions. We also treat those disorders commonly co-occurring with anxiety such as depression and ADHD. Anxiety disorders have been identified as the number one mental health problem affecting Americans. However, extensive research shows that these are also among the most treatable mental health problems when the proper interventions are applied.
The staff at the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment have specialized training in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and stress-related disorders. We offer a comprehensive treatment program based on the most recent advances in this field.
Below are some of the disorders KCCAT provides treatment for. We also can assist patients in managing anxiety’s impact on various health conditions (e.g., headaches, gastrointestinal disorders, insomnia) and can work collaboratively with physicians or other providers for optimal care.
- Panic Disorders
- This condition is characterized by recurrent panic attacks that typically occur spontaneously or unpredictably, but may be related to settings where attacks have previously occurred. Panic attacks may be described as the sudden onset of sensations such as lightheadedness, palpitations, shortness of breath, muscle tensions, digestive upset, weakness in the extremities, perspiration, chest discomfort, dizziness, blurred or distorted vision, or the feeling of detachment or unreality. These attacks are often accompanied by intense apprehension, fear or terror associated with feelings of impending doom.
- Agoraphobia is the fear of being alone or in public places where escape might be difficult or help not readily available. It is usually associated with panic attacks and avoidance of situations where one expects that panic may occur.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- A person with this disorder often engages in repetitious or extensive washing, cleaning, checking or seeking reassurance, putting things in order, counting, repeating phrases, etc. in an effort to reduce or avoid feelings of anxiety or extreme tension. These behaviors are usually in response to troublesome or nonsensical intrusive thoughts associated with fears of contamination, or fear that something bad might happen if one did not perform the ritual, or worrying that one might do something harmful to others. This disorder may present in numerous forms (and amongst other OC-spectrum symptoms such as compulsive hoarding, tics, etc.) that the KCCAT staff are trained to detect and treat.
- Generalized Anxiety
- Generalized Anxiety can be described as persistent feelings of anxiety including both physical and psychological symptoms. Excessive worrying, vigilance, difficulty with concentration, and feeling “on edge” are common features of this problem.
- Specific Phobias
- Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder that can be described as unreasonable fear and the desire to avoid specific situations or objects, such as going to school, driving, heights, going to the dentist, enclosed places, storms, animals or insects, etc.
- Social Anxiety Disorder (“Social Phobia”)
- Social Anxiety Disorder (“social phobia”) is characterized by excessive worry and self-consciousness surrounding common social situations. These problems may occur in limited situations (such as public speaking, or eating in front of others) or the disorder may cause discomfort across a variety of situations where social interaction is likely or expected.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops following exposure to a threatening event in where significant harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events triggering PTSD may include personal or witnessed violent attacks, accidents, disasters, or military combat.
OC Spectrum Disorders
Particular combinations of CBT techniques that include Habit Reversal Training are used in designing effective treatments for gaining better control over the interference of these disorders.
Treatment for Children and Teens
The staff at the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment have training in the treatment of children and teens who suffer from anxiety. We provide assessment and treatment based on the latest advances in the field that matches both the child’s symptoms and developmental needs. We teach children and their parents how to best overcome the child’s fears while building anxiety management skills and self-confidence. When normal participation in school, day-care, or community activities is disrupted, staff accompany the child and parent into these settings to help them overcome their fear. Staff also educate and consult with other educational, medical, and mental health professionals who are involved in your child’s care.
Children ages 3-12 work together with their parents and the therapist. Treatment emphasizes parent training to decrease the child’s avoidance of feared situations and to improve the child’s independent functioning. Parents learn how to assist their child in exposure therapy.
Preteens and teens work independently with the therapist to learn anxiety management skills and to overcome avoidance of feared situations. Parents learn how to assist the child in anxiety reduction and how to decrease inappropriate acting out when the child’s behaviors are disruptive. Staff discreetly accompany older children into avoided situations to help them complete exposure practice. Treatment instills practical anxiety management skills and helps teens learn how to face feared situations.
While many anxiety disorders in youth present similarly to those of adults, it is common for child and adolescent treatment to target the following symptoms:
- Obsessions and compulsions
- Chronic worry and reassurance seeking
- Chronic avoidance of risk taking
- Shyness, social inhibition, and avoidance of social activities
- Selective mutism
- Separation anxiety
- Inability to sleep or play independently
- Compulsive hair pulling, nail biting, and skin picking
- Test-taking anxiety
- Performance anxiety
- Poorly developed social skills