How to Get Help for Anxiety?
If anxiety is interfering with your daily life, you might seek treatment from a medical professional, counselor or therapist.
Anxiety Part 6: Getting Help for Your Anxiety
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If you feel you’re experiencing symptoms of anxiety, but you aren’t sure whether or not you should get treatment, consider how these symptoms are affecting your daily life. This video explores some things you can use to evaluate whether or not treatment could be beneficial for you and, if so, where to turn for help.
In this lesson we will discuss seeking help for anxiety.
Some people may wonder whether their symptoms are serious enough to seek help for anxiety or whether it’s something that they can handle on their own. One way to tell is that if your symptoms significantly interfere with your daily functioning, such as interfering with your job performance, affecting your family life or relationships, and interfering with sleeping, eating and concentration. If these symptoms go on for more than several weeks, it’s time to seek out professional help.
Two types of treatment providers for anxiety disorders are medical professionals and therapists or counselors.
A medical professional will listen to your concerns and evaluate for other health issues and discuss types of treatment. A medical professional can also prescribe medication if needed, and they can suggest lifestyle changes that can help lower symptoms of anxiety.
A therapist or mental health counselor also listens to your concerns, provides assessments of mental health issues and assists in identifying life stressors and how to cope with them. A therapist can also help with understanding of what you can and cannot control, which goes a long way in assisting with coping with anxiety. A therapist provides opportunity to discuss feelings in a non-judgmental, supportive environment, and the therapist provides empathy and understanding while assisting in developing a plan for what works for you.
Many people tend to minimize their struggles with anxiety and are likely to brush off symptoms as something that they should handle on their own. Anxiety disorders are common and are very treatable. If your symptoms are interfering with your daily functioning and last for more than a few weeks, seek treatment to get the help that you need to live your best life.
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