Qs on Anxiety: When to Seek Help

Bassey BY
When to see a mental health professional if you have anxiety symptoms.


According to mental health experts, anxiety is normal for many people. For example, many people are worried about things such as:

  • A new or no job,
  • A new baby,
  • Moving to a new city or college,
  • Experiencing a problem with finance or relationships
  • Politics or sick family members.

However, if anxiety affects your everyday life, it's time to seek help.

Symptoms: common anxiety signs and symptoms include, according to Mayo Clinic:
  • Feeling nervous, restless, or tense
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic, or doom
  • Having an increased heart rate
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feeling weak or tired


  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry.
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
  • Having difficulty controlling worry
  • Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety (Mayo Clinic).


A few questions people who struggle with anxiety can ask themselves to know if they need treatment or not.
  • Do they dwell on negative things nonstop?
  • How often do they seek out negative news and keep talking about them?
  • Are people afraid of leaving their homes for a supermarket or a restaurant?
  • Are they taking their anxiety medication as prescribed?
  • How often do they cancel an appointment with unreasonable excuses?
  • Do they drink excess alcohol or use drugs?
  • Do they believe any suggestions, advice, or opinions from anyone without thinking for themselves?
  • How often do you exercise or eat fast food?


Tips

Watch and pay attention to yourself and decide if you need help with anxiety.

Find a mental health professional here or join a local self-help group.

Feel free to share this article with someone who can benefit from anxiety treatment.


References

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anxiety/symptoms-causes/syc-20350961

https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/booklets/anxietydisorders.pdf


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