Anxiety Treatment Center in the Twin Cities, MN

Understanding Anxiety

Symptoms of anxiety can negatively impact every area of a person’s daily experience, including relationships, work or school, and overall quality of life. To achieve long-term healing from anxiety disorders, children, teens, and adults need comprehensive anxiety treatment that’s tailored to their specific needs.

PrairieCare’s anxiety treatment in Minnesota meets patients where they are, by providing a wide range of treatment modalities and levels of care throughout Minneapolis and Southern Minnesota. Moreover, we treat anxiety disorders by addressing the underlying causes of anxiety, not just the symptoms. And we treat related mental health issues that often accompany generalized anxiety disorder, such as depression, panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety, and substance use disorder.

Common Symptoms of Anxiety

Signs of anxiety may manifest slightly differently depending on a person’s age, history, and temperament. Here are some of the symptoms of anxiety that indicate an individual or family should seek treatment.

10 Common Signs of Anxiety in Young Adults (Ages 18–25) and Older Adults (26 and Up)

  • Feelings of worry and stress that seem impossible to control
  • A sense of restlessness or being on edge
  • Fatigue and sleep problems, either insomnia or sleeping too much
  • A dip in work performance, concentration, and motivation
  • Loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable
  • Loss of appetite and other disruptions to eating, including inability to enjoy food
  • Physical symptoms, such as muscle tension, stomachaches, headaches, as well as nausea, sweating, and shaking, which are particularly associated with social anxiety
  • Increased use of alcohol and/or substances as a form of self-medication
  • Avoidance—staying away from situations or places that trigger anxiety
  • Anxiety attacks

10 Anxiety Symptoms in Teens (Ages 13–17)

  • Performance dip in school, poor report cards, poor testing results
  • Loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy
  • Noticeable drop in social interactions
  • Negative self-talk, such as “I can’t do this,” “I’m not good at anything”
  • General negativity about life and other people
  • Trouble sleeping at night, exhaustion for no apparent reason, always worn down
  • Loss of appetite and disordered eating, inability to enjoy foods they used to love
  • Irritability and other changes in mood and behavior
  • Substance and/or alcohol use and other risky behaviors
  • Avoiding people, places, and things that trigger anxious feelings

10 Signs of Anxiety in Children (Ages 6–12)

  • Excessive fear regarding the safety of parents or other family members or caregivers
  • Refusing to go to school
  • Frequent physical anxiety symptoms, such as stomachaches and headaches
  • Extreme worry about sleeping away from home
  • Feeling panicked when separated from parents
  • Sleep problems like nightmares and night terrors
  • Extreme fear about a specific situation, object, or person that lasts for six months or longer
  • Phobia reactions, such as sweating, shaking, and increased heart rate when exposed to a trigger
  • Avoiding social situations due to fears of talking to people
  • Difficulty forming friendships with peers

Causes of Anxiety

What causes anxiety? Both genetic makeup and life experiences contribute to the likelihood of developing an anxiety disorder. Research shows that between 30 and 40 percent of the factors related to generalized anxiety disorder and other types of anxiety disorders can be inherited.

However, environmental factors are also significant in determining the likelihood of an anxiety disorder. Traumatic events in childhood, such as abuse, neglect, or the early death of a parent, increase the risk of anxiety disorders in children and teens. If left untreated, anxiety can persist into adulthood and symptoms can become worse.

Moreover, global issues, like the COVID pandemic, political strife, and societal inequities, can trigger anxiety or make anxiety symptoms worse. That seems to be particularly true in young adults. Statistics show that the largest increase in psychological distress over the last decade was among young adults ages 18 to 25.

Types of Anxiety Treatment

It is possible to manage anxiety, and patients of all ages can find relief from anxiety symptoms. When researching anxiety treatment in Minnesota, patients should know about the different treatment levels and methodologies to treat anxiety.

The appropriate treatment plan for anxiety depends on the type of anxiety and the severity of the individual’s symptoms. Our assessment and intake team can help you or your loved one find the appropriate care for the best outcome.

PrairieCare’s anxiety treatment in Minneapolis includes the following treatment options:

  • Psychotherapy, or talk therapy with our experienced clinicians—once a week or more, depending on the patient’s needs and anxiety symptoms
  • Group therapy services in which patients receive ongoing support with anxiety symptoms and learn coping skills such as reframing and relaxation techniques
  • Medication management to rebalance the brain chemistry issues that contribute to anxiety disorder
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, proven to be one of the most effective anxiety treatment modalities
  • Adapted Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (A-DBT), shown to help those with anxiety and improve associated issues, such as problems with emotional regulation

Why PrairieCare for Anxiety?

Navigating the complex healthcare system can be difficult, especially when you are experiencing symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder or other types of anxiety. At PrairieCare, our providers work to eliminate barriers and allow you to focus on treatment and recovery. We create the path, so you can focus on healing.

We have a full continuum of care throughout Minnesota, so we can meet patients where they are in their mental health journey. Our care team recommends the appropriate anxiety treatment during intake, and patients can transition between levels of care based on their needs. Mental health management is not always a straight line, but we have the flexibility to adjust anxiety treatment plans as needed.

Our team understands the range of symptoms that can develop when someone is experiencing anxiety, a panic disorder, or other anxiety-related mental health issues. We are experienced and equipped to help patients through complex and challenging topics related to anxiety disorders. Our care providers create safe spaces where we meet patient with empathy, support, and a plan to move forward. And our multidisciplinary teams bring a range of specialties, clinical approaches, and backgrounds to maximize patients’ success rates during anxiety treatment. We are proud to be always evolving to meet the needs of our patients and our community.

Insurance We Accept

PrairieCare is an in-network provider for most major insurance plans, allowing us to continually expand access to mental health treatment in Minnesota.


Our Full Continuum of Care to Treat Anxiety

At PrairieCare, we provide intensive care, such as inpatient hospitalization and residential treatment, as well as various outpatient programs, to fit the needs of each patient. Our team shapes a treatment plan for anxiety to fit the unique needs of each patient and determines the right level of care for the best outcome.

Clinic and Outpatient Services: Offering in-person and telehealth settings, our clinic and outpatient anxiety treatment provides specialized psychotherapy, medication management, and evaluation. We offer specialty approaches including Play Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, Air Water Earth (AWE) Therapy, Perinatal Clinic Therapy and Psychiatry, and more.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP):

IOP is a level of care that provides programming four days a week, several hours a day, for individuals struggling with symptoms of mental illness that are interfering with their daily living and are not manageable through weekly therapy and/or medication management alone. We offer IOPs for youth (ages 11–17) and young adults, as well as Adapted Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (A-DBT) track. We also offer a specialized perinatal IOP track for women experiencing postpartum anxiety and other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Partial Hospitalization Program: Our PHP programs take place five days a week, with a full day of programming. This level of care is helpful for adults and youth who are struggling with symptoms of anxiety that are interfering with their daily tasks, such as school, caring for themselves, and going to work.

Inpatient Hospitalization Program: Our inpatient program provides 24/7 safety and stabilization for teens and young adults following a mental health crisis, through group, individual, and family therapy sessions. This type of anxiety treatment takes place in a hospital setting, with a focus on stabilizing acute anxiety symptoms for patients who may have a higher risk of suicidal behavior or self-harm.

Residential Treatment Program: With an average stay of three months, residential treatment offers those with severe anxiety and co-occurring disorders the care they need. Informed by psychodynamic theory and guided by therapeutic skills, PrairieCare’s residential anxiety treatment focuses on helping youth and families build lives that are sustainable, enriching, and meaningful.

What is Postpartum Anxiety?

Postpartum anxiety is a form of anxiety with symptoms that develop after the first couple of weeks after giving birth, or on rare occasions, during pregnancy. Symptoms can include racing thoughts, fear of worst-case scenarios happening to the baby, irritability, feeling on “edge,” and constant reassurance seeking. It is often characterized by excessive fear, anxiousness, and worry that interferes with someone’s life.

Postpartum anxiety occurs in about 10 percent of pregnant women and new mothers. It can be an independent diagnosis, but up to 50 percent of cases have a co-occurring diagnosis with postpartum depression. Postpartum mental health challenges can occur within the first year of childbirth and if left untreated, symptoms can continue for over a year.

Minnesota Anxiety Treatment for Pregnant Women and New Moms

Our team works every day with pregnant women and new moms with various perinatal mental health conditions. In fact, PrairieCare has the only Perinatal Intensive Outpatient Program in Minnesota, at our Brooklyn Park Medical Office. Here women can jump-start their recovery, have immediate access to a psychiatrist, and receive the support they need to heal.

Our Perinatal Mental Health Clinic also supports women through miscarriage, infant death, and infertility. We understand how difficult these experiences are and we approach them with care and compassion.

The program is designed to offer hope, healing, and empowerment to patients struggling with their mental health. With a Monday through Friday schedule from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., women work with our skilled staff to build an anxiety treatment plan. In our MN treatment for anxiety disorders, they learn strategies for identity development, emotion regulation, symptom management, and coping skills. Patients in perinatal anxiety treatment also receive medication management from our psychiatrists.

Common treatment modalities utilized by our experienced clinicians include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Attachment therapy
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Circle of Security/Good Enough Mother

Our Convenient Minnesota Locations

PrairieCare has various levels of anxiety treatment in the Twin Cities and Southern Minnesota. Our MN anxiety treatment locations have a soothing atmosphere with colors found in nature, plentiful light, and empathetic team members. Our facilities have gyms, recreational therapy rooms, sensory rooms, and more, to further support the focus on healing.

With our full continuum of behavioral health treatment, children, teens, and adults can receive the highest-quality care for anxiety in Minnesota. Each patient receives the treatment modalities and care level that’s appropriate for their needs. And we continue to expand our services and care modalities to accommodate the needs of our community.

Our Locations Providing Anxiety Treatment in Minneapolis and St. Paul:

  • Brooklyn Park Inpatient Hospital  
  • Brooklyn Park Medical Office Building 
  • Chaska 
  • Edina  
  • Maple Grove  
  • Maplewood  
  • Woodbury
  • Minneapolis, Center for Families

Mental Health Services for Anxiety in Southern Minnesota:

  • Mankato  
  • Rochester

Contact Our Team Today to Get Started

Finding the right anxiety treatment in Minnesota can be daunting. At PrairieCare, our team guides you through the process and finds the appropriate care setting, so you and your family can focus on healing.

Are you ready to start treatment for anxiety disorders for yourself or your child? Call our Assessment and Intake Department at 952-826-8475.

Get Started on the Healing Journey

Learn more about how we support patients and families in their mental health journey.


What is the most successful treatment for anxiety?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most effective treatments for anxiety, according to research published by the National Institutes of Health. Adapted Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (A-DBT) has also been shown to help those with anxiety and improve associated issues.

What are 3 coping strategies for anxiety?

Relaxation skills, reframing negative thoughts, and physical activity are all healthy coping skills for anxiety.

What are 5 treatments for anxiety?

Five modalities and levels of care for anxiety include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family therapy, group therapy, outpatient programming, and residential programming.

What is the 3-3-3 rule of anxiety?

The 3-3-3 rule is a coping skill for anxiety that helps people reconnect with their body and the present moment when they are experiencing anxiety symptoms, such as panic attacks or intrusive thoughts. It involves identifying three objects they can see around them, three things they can hear, and three things they can touch.

What is the best treatment for anxiety?

The best treatment for anxiety is an integrated approach that utilizes a variety of modalities, delivered by a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, clinicians, and life skills counselors.

The level of communication was truly remarkable. I never had to question how my son was doing or what was going on during his time at Prairie Care. No matter what was happening – we knew about it, and that makes all the difference!

Anonymous , Parent

Dr. Peterson did such an amazing job of asking questions my husband and I never even thought about to try to get to the root of which symptoms were physical/mental and which were possible side effects of medication(s) my son was taking. He took time to listen to everything we had to say, I never felt rushed or dismissed on any of my concerns. We spoke weekly and while he made suggestions, he made sure we knew the decisions were ours to make – giving us complete control on how to proceed with our son’s medications.

Anonymous , Parent