When to Seek Professional Help for Anxiety

For a long time, seeking professional help for mental problems was considered to be mainly for people with serious psychological problems such as schizophrenia. Nowadays, psychiatrists help people with varying mental problems.

Anxiety can be debilitating.  It can have a paralyzing effect and can prevent you from functioning effectively at work or at home. It can range from social anxiety, which is the most common form of anxiety, to fear of open spaces, animals, or even Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The following are some of the reasons why you should consider getting professional help.

Has a Paralyzing Effect

There is a difference between fear and anxiety. Fear is the natural response to a threat. For example, fear of snakes. Anxiety is the constant irrational fear that is not defined by an immediate or existing threat. For example, the constant fear of snakes even though there are no snakes around.

When to get help:

  • If you are constantly worrying or tense
  • If your anxiety interferes with your day to day responsibilities
  • If you experience sudden unexpected attacks that may include heart pounding, headaches, dizziness, and sweating
  • If you constantly fear something bad is about to happen despite evidence proving otherwise

Proven Strategies

The nature of anxiety is that it is not rational. You may never solve it by trying to reason with it. Luckily there are proven scientific methodologies that have helped people get better. Some of them include:

Exposure Therapy: as the name suggests it includes exposure to fears. It happens in a controlled environment with the direction of a qualified therapist. Through repeated exposure you can gain control of the threat and eventually overcome it.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT helps you to get to the root of the problem by identifying negative thought patterns. It has proven to be effective as a therapy for anxiety and other psychological problems such as depression.