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Anxiety and Panic Attacks


Anxiety and Panic Disorder

Worry; It is part of life! We worry about our jobs. We worry about making a good first impression.

Sometimes, we even worry about other people’s worries. However, if worry takes over our lives to the point where we cannot relax and always fear the worst, then we may have one of these anxiety and panic disorders.

About Anxiety Disorders

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults each year. The cause and degree of anxiety can be confusing because everyone will feel anxious from time to time. Unlike nervousness precipitated by a stressful situation like a job interview, illness, or speaking in public, anxiety disorders can be all-consuming. They can last up to six months or longer if left untreated.

The difference between a common case of the nerves and a clinical diagnosis of anxiety is that clinical anxiety can be severe and debilitating. For instance, people diagnosed with anxiety disorders may worry obsessively about their health for no apparent reason. They may seek excessive medical reassurance or have “unreasonable” fears they cannot explain. Friends and loved ones may say that the individual is “a worrywart” or “overreacting” to a situation; however, the individual experiencing anxiety is unable to turn it off.

One of the most frightening symptoms of anxiety disorders is commonly referred to as “panic attacks.” These episodes can occur “out of nowhere,” even while an individual is sleeping. Sometimes the person experiencing the attack may hyperventilate, feel a painful sensation in the chest, and experience a sense of “dying.” Although the physical symptoms of panic attacks will not kill you, they can severely hinder your daily life.

Most people who have an anxiety disorder will often have an  accompanying diagnosis like  depressive disorder  or  substance use disorder. Anxiety disorders are rarely the sole diagnosis in a person’s mental health history. That is why it is important to seek help from a psychiatrist who can accurately diagnose all of the accompanying conditions and prescribe the right course of treatment for you.

Anxiety man


Below is a list of some of the common symptoms of anxiety disorders:

  • Heightened startle response
  • Chest pains
  • Abdominal Pains
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Muscle tension
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling smothered
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased sexual feelings
  • Fatigue
  • Depression and suicidal feelings
  • Inability to relax
  • Racing heart
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Depersonalization
  • Flashbacks
  • Flushing
  • Severe Shyness
  • Worrying about unlikely events
  • Concentration problems
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Irritability
  • Light-headedness/dizziness
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Inability to stop worrying
  • Jaw pain
  • Difficulty swallowing/lump in the throat
  • Creeping or “pins and needles” sensation
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Sensitivity to light, sound and touch
  • Grinding teeth
  • Fear of losing control or going “crazy.”
  • Neck and facial numbness
  • Agoraphobia
  • Aggression
  • Facial paleness
  • Headaches
  • Compulsive Habits
  • Intrusive, unpleasant thoughts or images

(Because these symptoms in and of themselves do not always indicate the presence of an anxiety disorder, please  contact us to obtain an accurate diagnosis).


Here is the good news; Anxiety disorders can be treated successfully but must be accurately diagnosed first. The course of action must be individualized based on the causes and symptoms, and symptoms may be alleviated using a combination of two or more of the following treatments:

  • Medication to decrease the symptoms caused by neurotransmitter abnormalities
  • Relaxation Techniques to relieve stress and to diminish the physical symptoms of anxiety
  • Behavioural Therapy to change unproductive behaviours and learn appropriate coping skills
  • Cognitive Therapy to change unproductive thinking patterns by sorting out unrealistic thoughts

If you suspect that you or a loved one may have anxiety and panic, please  contact Ciconia Recovery London  for proper diagnosis and treatment. The sooner you get help, the sooner you will be able to live a happier, healthier life.

Anxiety woman


Who will I speak to when I call?

Experienced recovery workers who are compassionate, experienced and knowledgeable about substance misuse and mental health issues, they will be happy to take your call and discuss all your queries in a discreet and confidential manner. And if needed they will offer you a free video consultation with a psychiatrist.

How much does treatment cost?

At CRL we endeavour to keep our costs as low as possible whilst at the same time continuing to  provide high quality care. The cost of treatment varies depending on the level of care needed and the length of the treatment plan required. The best way to ascertain this cost would be to speak to one of our experienced recovery workers to determine what treatment plan will be the most effective for you in achieving your desired goals.

Does insurance cover mental health or addictive treatment?

Some private health insurance companies cover the treatment, you will have to check your policy to see if you qualify.

Does insurance cover adult ADHD assessment or treatment?

Yes, most private health insurance companies cover the treatment, you will have to check your policy to see if you qualify.

Do you only treat substance misuse?

No, in addition to our drug and alcohol treatment packages, we also treat a wide range of mental health disorders, some of which may be associated with the individual’s substance misuse and dependency, these include treatment for personality disorders, anxiety, depression, adult ADHD and PTSD amongst other disorders.

What if I need a detox?

We offer a wide range of options for smooth and painless detox thanks to our new provided medications (i.e. long-acting buprenorphine monthly injections). If this is something you are interested in, please call us to discuss which is more suitable for you.

The main emphasis in our detox programs is to provide as much comfort and support while doing our best to minimise any withdrawal symptoms the individual may experience throughout their recovery. Many users recognise they need help and support to get clean but fear the consequences of withdrawals, we have created detox plans to greatly reduce the unpleasant effects of withdrawals.

Do your programs offer aftercare?

Yes, we will continue to support clients after they have completed treatment either by us or elsewhere by offering a wide range of aftercare programs, studies have shown that people have a much better chance of avoiding relapse if they are engaged in aftercare programs. Please get in touch to discuss the best aftercare options for yourself.

Is smoking permitted?

No, this is a medical facility and smoking is not permitted at all.

Do you treat trauma?

Yes, our staff are specially trained in trauma, grief/loss and attachment, we know very well the negative impact these can have on someone’s mental health which can then trigger alcohol/drug misuse and other negative behavioural health challenges. Among our treatment approaches to trauma is EMDR therapy which is very effective in easing and treating PTSD.

What is outpatient care?

Outpatient care is less intensive than inpatient care. The patient will usually attend regular meetings with a consultant psychiatrist, counsellor, therapist or key-worker where they will be given similar treatments to those in an inpatient clinic. However, as the patient does not stay overnight, the cost of this care is less expensive.

Outpatient programmes consist of daily, weekly or monthly sessions. Because outpatient treatment requires less time in-attendance, the entire recovery programme generally lasts longer than inpatient care. While inpatient treatment typically lasts for a period of six to eight weeks, an outpatient programme can last many months.

Who is outpatient treatment suitable for?

Outpatient treatment is suitable for individuals who have been struggling with addiction but may benefit from a less intensive approach to recovery than inpatient care.

CRL staff are available to offer helpful advice and information on all types of addiction and the most suitable treatment options. If you would like a referral to a counsellor, therapist or consultant psychiatrist for outpatient treatment, call us today. We can also provide support and advice to the loved ones of those struggling with addiction, as well as information on the treatments we provide and how these can be accessed.

Our staff are compassionate and caring and will treat anything you discuss in the strictest of confidence. If you need advice on addiction, or simply need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to call us.

Are your staff qualified?

All CRL staff are qualified for their specific roles with many years of experience in working in the addiction and mental health fields. In addition all our staff are always up to date with all their relevant training and registrations.


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