Anxiety disorder

Anxiety disorder

Anxiety disorders are a group of mental disorders characterised by significant feelings of anxiety and fear. These conditions can profoundly impact an individual's daily life, making managing routine tasks and social interactions difficult. Effective treatment often requires a personalised approach tailored to address the unique challenges and symptoms experienced by each person.

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What are anxiety disorders?

When children or young people are confronted with an anxiety disorder, they often suffer from anxiety attacks. If there is no valid reason for the anxiety and the young person concerned experiences (social) problems as a result, there is a disorder. Some of these disorders are called "phobia". Social phobia, for example, is characterised by a significant amount of fear in one or multiple social situations. It causes distress and impaired ability to function in at least some parts of daily life. These fears can be triggered by perceived or actual scrutiny from others. Individuals with social anxiety disorder fear negative evaluations from other people. Anxiety is a worry about future events, and fear is a reaction to current events.

Review: Aidan

“I had a lot of mood swings and anxiety that I expressed through increasingly dangerous self-harming and suicide attempts.”

Aidan was treated at Yes We Can Youth Clinics for anxiety and suicidal feelings.

Effects of anxiety disorders

Fear is a physical and emotional reaction to situations that a young person experiences, such as anxiety. This can be expressed in both a physical and an emotional response. All teenagers and young adults sometimes have to deal with stress, but in some young people, the anxiety is so great that it keeps them from living a pleasant life. They can also feel anxious in 'normal' situations where there is no reason for this feeling.

Treatment of anxiety disorders

At Yes We Can Youth Clinics, we treat teenagers and young adults (we call them fellows) so they can overcome anxiety and fears. We help them to live and function in society pleasantly again by slowly breaking down the wall they have built around themselves. This way, the fellows learn how to work on a beautiful future.

Dedicated personal therapy sessions

We offer our fellows an intensive, personalised therapeutic schedule featuring three weekly sessions with their personal, registered clinical psychologist and ongoing consultations with our psychiatric team. These sessions play a critical role in monitoring each fellow's journey, allowing for the dynamic adjustment of treatment plans and ensuring access to consistent, expert support. Tailoring our approach to meet individual needs is a hallmark of our comprehensive care philosophy, providing a supportive and empathetic path to recovery.

Recognition during group sessions

An essential part of the treatment takes place in groups. During group sessions led by an expert-by-experience counsellor, the fellows share their stories, give each other feedback and set personal goals. These sessions offer a lot of recognition for the fellows, as they experience the same issues our counsellors have faced and overcome. As a result, our counsellors can connect better with the fellows, and the fellows are more inclined to accept their guidance.

Role of Sports in healing

Yes We Can incorporates daily physical activities into our therapeutic regimen, underscoring the interconnectedness of physical and mental health. These activities are integral to the treatment, providing a physical outlet that complements the introspective and cognitive work done in individual therapy sessions. By regularly engaging in tailored therapeutic exercises, fellows are equipped with strategies to navigate and process their experiences, embodying a comprehensive path to wellness.

Involvement of families in recovery

We deeply understand the importance of involving families during our fellows' recovery process at Yes We Can. We offer specialised programs designed to empower parents and caregivers. These programs aim to strengthen the family support system, which is vital for sustaining recovery and minimising relapse risks. Our collaborative recovery model emphasises the importance of a supportive home environment as a fundamental element of successful long-term recovery.

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Yes We Can Youth Clinics can effectively treat teenagers and young adults who are suffering from a wide variety of mental health issues. If you have any questions at all, you can always contact us. We cannot stress enough that we are always there for you, whether you sign up for treatment in our clinic or not. 

You can reach us by phone from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (GMT +1) via phone number: +31 (0)85 02 01 222. Your call will be forwarded after business hours (weekdays after 6:00 p.m. and on weekends). Please note that answering your call during these hours might take longer than usual. If we cannot reply to the call right away, please leave a message, and we will call you back as soon as possible. You can also fill out our contact form.

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Would you like to register a teenager or young adult (aged 13-25) for treatment at Yes We Can Youth Clinics? Please fill out our intake form and we will contact you to schedule a personal intake interview.

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Why it works

For young people aged 13-25, Yes We Can Youth Clinics offers ten weeks of intensive residential treatment. During the treatment, there are also four days of family coaching and counselling for parents/carers. Upon completion, an extensive tailor-made aftercare programme will be devised in collaboration with our partners all over the world.

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