Suffering from chronic anxiety can take a devastating toll on the lives of those struggling with it. The effects of anxiety can interfere with all aspects of a person’s life, and the overwhelming feelings of fear and worry can lead to so much strife that it can become crippling. Anxiety disorders are said to be the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses throughout America, affecting millions of people of all different ages and from all different backgrounds. Individuals who are fighting through the anguishing symptoms of anxiety may experience things such as intrusive and uncontrollable thoughts, panic attacks, compulsions over which they have no control, extreme phobias, and an overall sense of trepidation that something negative is about to occur. While the symptoms have the potential to be debilitating, anxiety is an illness that can be successfully treated.
Red River Hospital is a 74-bed psychiatric and addiction treatment center located in Wichita Falls, Texas. For over four decades, we have remained steadfast in our diligence to help improve the lives of those who entrust us with their care. Through individualized treatment plans, the caring and compassionate staff at Red River Hospital assist those who are in need of services for behavioral health concerns, substance abuse issues, and co-occurring disorders. Separated into four distinct units, we are able to successfully meet the needs of all age groups, including children, adolescents, adults, and senior adults. We are also proud to offer a specialized military heroes unit for our United States Service Members. At Red River, we know how overpowering the symptoms of anxiety can be and we want to guide you as you develop the tools you need to start to rebuild your life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a family member or loved one who is grappling with the daily turmoil of an anxiety disorder, you may feel at a loss as to what you can do to help him or her. While you are able to recognize how the illness is affecting your loved one’s life, it can be difficult to understand exactly what he or she is going through. Offering your loved one your constant support is the best way that you can help him or her, but you will not be able to provide that support if you do not take the time to learn what anxiety is. Educating yourself about the different types of anxiety, the various symptoms of anxiety, and the array of treatment options available will demonstrate to your loved one that you truly care about him or her and that you want to help.
In addition to educating yourself about anxiety, here are some other things to keep in mind when interacting with your loved one:
- Do not make statements such as “don’t worry” or “relax” or “calm down” because this will more than likely only make his or her anxiety worse. Keep in mind that what your loved one is experiencing is out of his or her control.
- Avoid being judgmental. While your loved one’s behaviors may be confusing to you, they are most likely not something that he or she has control over.
- Do not offer to do things for him or her. When you see your loved one in distress, it is only natural to want to help him or her with certain tasks that you know might help alleviate some of that stress, but doing so has the potential to cause him or her to depend on you, ultimately prolonging the anxiety.
- Discuss with your loved one his or her need for treatment. Do not make ultimatums, but try and help him or her come to understand how much better life can be if proper treatment is received.
Why Consider Treatment at Red River
When people are plagued by chronic symptoms of an anxiety disorder, it can affect their ability to maintain healthy relationships, to perform appropriately in occupational or academic settings, to interact appropriately in social situations, and, in some extreme cases, to even be able to leave their house. Anxiety also has a high potential of having a negative impact on one’s physical health. Research has shown that high stress and anxiety levels can lead to things such as an increased risk of heart attack, tension headaches or migraines, weakened immune system, and many others. Fortunately, the symptoms of anxiety disorders are very treatable.
Inpatient treatment programs are known to be very successful at helping individuals battle their anxiety. When people are suffering from any type of anxiety, the seemingly simple tasks of everyday life can quickly become exhausting and overwhelming. By entering into an inpatient treatment program, people are able to step away from the stresses of their everyday lives, temporarily leaving behind many of the triggers that lead to their anxiety. Here they can place all of their time and energy in healing and becoming well again. Through the use of different therapeutic approaches and the support of mental health professionals, as well as the support of other patients who are dealing with similar struggles, inpatient programs can help these people overcome their symptoms of anxiety and develop the tools they need to move forward towards a better future.
Our location in Wichita Falls allows for convenient access to residents of South Oklahoma cities like Lawton and Duncan in addition to nearby Texas cities like Burkburnett.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
When you or a loved one is in crisis, or when life has simply spiraled out of control, the staff at Red River Hospital wants you to know that we are here to help. We strive to understand the point of view of others and actively express encouragement as individuals work towards achieving their goals. At Red River, we take responsibility for treating each and every person who comes through our doors with the respect and dignity that he or she deserves. By providing structured programming and implementing individualized treatment plans for each patient, we aim to show everyone how they can succeed. We surround patients with every facet of information that they need to get better, and we will do everything in our power to make sure that everyone who comes to us for care leaves our center with the confidence they need to continue on their path to a happy and healthy future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Red River
Red River Hospital provides free assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These assessments are conducted by a licensed professional and then reviewed by a team member or supervisor. If it is determined that we will be able to fully meet the patient’s needs, then the physician is contacted and the admissions process begins. Our dedicated psychiatric staff and multidisciplinary treatment team provides medical management and various therapies designed to encompass the needs of all of our patients. We utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques as part of our inpatient program, including the following:
Detoxification: When patients come to Red River and are struggling with chemical dependency concerns, we provide a 5-7 day stay in our detox unit. Here, everyone receives 24-hour nurse monitoring as their bodies become cleansed of any toxic substances that are present. For those who are struggling with anxiety, but are also dependent upon substances, this detox process marks the beginning of the therapeutic process. To learn more about this process, please see our detoxification program page.
Medication management: Some type of psychotropic medication, such as an anti-anxiety agent, may be prescribed as part of the process of fully treating one’s anxiety. All patients are seen daily by a psychiatrist in order to ensure the effectiveness of the medication and to make any changes that may be required.
Group therapy: Our inpatient treatment programs are group-focused, with a variety of groups being held daily. Some of the major topics that are covered in these groups include effective communication skills, conflict resolution, anger management, appropriate assertive behavior skills, and medication management. On our progressive care unit, additional groups and activities are held in order to assist in reality orientation.
Family therapy: At Red River, we see each disorder as family disorder because these illnesses can have a negative impact on the lives of each patient’s family members. We believe that if the family is not involved, then the changes that are made during the treatment process will not be carried over into the home environment, placing the patient at risk of falling back into old patterns. We encourage family sessions to occur on a regular basis in all units and can be done via phone if necessary. On our child and adolescent unit, at least one family session is required prior to the patient’s discharge.
Individual therapy: Individual sessions occur on an as-needed basis for all units except our military unit where patients have a minimum of one individual therapy session each week.
Recreational therapy occurs at least once per day and includes activities like yoga and physical therapy.
Daily school is provided for all of our child and adolescent patients. There is an onsite school-room and lessons are led by our public school district’s teachers.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Red River Hospital, we recognize that the discharge process can be an intimidating time for patients, which is why we begin the discharge planning the moment the patient enters the hospital. This plan is consistently reviewed and updated throughout the individual’s stay so that, when the time for discharge arrives, the patient is already set up for the next step in his or her recovery process. We believe that aftercare is a major part of every patient’s treatment, so we ensure that the unique needs of every individual will be cared for, whether that be a step down into our partial hospitalization program (PHP) or our intensive outpatient program (IOP), or being provided with referrals for traditional outpatient services. For patients who require a structured plan in order to return to life’s daily routines, Red River provides onsite therapy, supervised medication management, and coping skills training. Whatever your needs may be, our caring and compassionate staff will make sure that you are comfortable and confident as you embark on your next stage of recovery.