Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Causes & Effects of Anxiety

Carolina House provides leading anxiety treatment to ensure long-lasting recovery for a healthier and more satisfying life.

Understanding Anxiety

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The category of anxiety disorders includes several disorders that are characterized by the continual and often debilitating emotions of apprehension, worry, and trepidation. Individuals who struggle with such emotions for a large amount of time are most likely to struggle with emotional upset and turmoil throughout their lives. While the symptoms of anxiety come from psychological distortions, a slew of physical symptoms of anxiety can become obvious to others.

The most common types of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and specific phobias. Regardless of the type of anxiety disorder that an individual is diagnosed with, allowing it to remain untreated can impact their ability to carry out every day tasks. Additionally, if an individual who is battling with anxiety as well as another mental health issue like an eating disorder, the symptoms of their anxiety can become much more severe.

Those who battle with anxiety should know that anxiety disorders are treatable. Effective care is available and there are a number of helpful interventions that can allow these individuals to cope with their anxiety disorder appropriately.


Anxiety statistics

The Anxiety and Depression Association of American (ADAA) states that anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions that impacts people today, with nearly 40 million people said to meet the criteria needed to diagnose at least one type of anxiety disorder.

Among people who struggle with eating disorders, nearly 67% of these individuals also battle with a form of anxiety disorder. In addition, researchers have found that more than 40% of those who have an eating disorder have also faced anxiety prior to their bulimia, anorexia, or binge-eating disorder symptoms.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for anxiety

To fully understand why and how an individual develops an anxiety disorder, it is important to consider genetics and one’s environment. Below are some explanations for the many causes and risk factors linked to anxiety:

Genetic: There is an exceptional amount of research that shows there is a link between genetics and the development of anxiety disorders. For instance, if an individual has a biological parent or other close relative with anxiety disorders, there is a strong chance that they will also suffer with similar issues.

Environmental: If an individual does not have a genetic tie to an anxiety disorder, their environment can serve as an influence in the development of symptoms of this mental health condition. For example, if an individual is going through tremendous stress, anxiety can develop. In addition, factors such as being exposed to trauma, violence, or other upsetting experiences can trigger the onset of anxiety symptoms. If any of the environmental influences occur and the individual is not able to properly cope and/or does not have a healthy support system, the chances that they will meet the diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorders heightens significantly.

Risk Factors:

  • Exposure to chronic stress or violence
  • Personal history of trauma
  • Having subpar coping skills
  • Family history of anxiety or other mental health conditions
  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Low socioeconomic status
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of anxiety

The most common indicators that an individual is battling with an anxiety disorder can vary based on the type of anxiety disorder they are experiencing. While some symptoms might not be obvious to on-lookers, below are some of the many behavioral, physical, cognitive, and psychosocial symptoms that might occur and become obvious to an afflicted individual’s friends or loved ones:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Avoiding certain people, places, or situations
  • Procrastinating tasks
  • Pacing
  • Exaggerated startle response
  • No longer participating in activities that were once enjoyed
  • Restlessness
  • Repetitive or ritualistic behaviors

Physical symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Frequent urination as a result of ongoing trepidation or apprehensiveness
  • Inability to sleep soundly
  • Appetite changes
  • Stomachaches
  • Headaches or migraines
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle tension
  • Sweating
  • Increased heart rate
  • Difficulty breathing

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Fleeting ideas
  • Memory impairment
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Lack of sound judgment
  • Poor concentration
  • Racing thoughts

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Obsessions
  • Compulsions
  • Ongoing nervousness
  • Feeling as if one’s body or environment is not real
  • Feelings of shame
  • Guilt
  • Drastic shifts in mood

Effects of anxiety

Allowing symptoms of anxiety disorders to persist in one’s life can bring on a string of adverse effects if treatment is not obtained. If an individual is also battling with an eating disorder at the same time, the short-term and long-term effects can be highly destructive. The following are many examples of what can occur when an individual continues to battle anxiety:

  • Onset of suicidal ideation, which could lead to attempts at suicide
  • Worsening of symptoms of current mental health condition(s) or onset of additional mental illness symptoms
  • Social isolation
  • Demise of meaningful relationships
  • Development of an addiction to substances if drugs and/or alcohol are used as methods for coping with distress
  • Onset of self-harming behaviors
  • Inability to perform well at work, which could lead to job loss and subsequent financial difficulties
Co-Occurring Disorders

Anxiety and co-occurring disorders

When an individual is faced with an anxiety disorder, it is not uncommon for that individual to also struggle with additional mental health issues simultaneously. Eating disorders tend to co-occur alongside anxiety disorders and require specific treatment approaches for an individual to truly defeat the mental upset that comes with both of these conditions. Anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder symptoms can grow worse when an anxiety disorder is present and vice versa. In addition to eating disorders, the below listed mental health conditions are highly commonly among those who are also battling with an anxiety disorder:

  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Substance use disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Other anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
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I can’t say enough thanks to everyone at Carolina House for their kindness they showed and help they gave as I worked to overcome my eating disorder and my anxiety. I can’t imagine any other treatment center could care as much about its patients' recovery as much as Carolina House does.

– a former resident
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Why does this matter?
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • International Association Of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)
  • National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)