How to get help for anxiety
We all feel anxious at times in response to everyday events. However, when these feelings persist, or if they prevent you from completing daily tasks and enjoying life, it may indicate an anxiety disorder.
The first step to getting help for anxiety is understanding and acknowledging that you have a problem, and it's essential to educate yourself about anxiety and its symptoms, as this will give you the confidence to seek help and know what you're dealing with.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is not the same as stress, as stress is often temporary and linked to a specific cause, such as work or relationship problems. On the other hand, anxiety can persist even when the cause is unclear. People with anxiety disorders may feel a constant sense of threat or irrational fear and struggle with feelings of inadequacy.
It can be challenging for those without anxiety to understand its impact, leading to further isolation for the sufferer. However, it's important to remember that anxiety is a treatable illness, and there are both pharmacological and psychological treatments that can help alleviate symptoms and offer recovery.
It can be hard to pinpoint the exact cause of anxiety, but it's often multifactorial, including genetic predisposition, psychological factors, personality types, trauma, drugs, co-existing mental health problems, and medical conditions.
Several types of anxiety include generalised anxiety disorder, OCD, panic disorders, phobias, performance anxiety, social anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Other mental health conditions, such as depression or substance dependency, often accompany anxiety disorders. Mixed depression and anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the UK, affecting 9.7% of the population. Whatever type you have, there are proven treatments that can help you manage your symptoms and regain control.
How to seek support for anxiety
Talking about your feelings and experiences can help you feel heard and understood and can also provide a sense of relief.
Once you've recognised a problem, the next step towards recovery is seeking help from a qualified and experienced professional who can help you understand the cause of your anxiety and find the right treatment.
Remember that help is available, and you don't have to face anxiety alone. Seeking help is a sign of strength, and it's the first step towards recovery. The earlier you seek help, the easier it will be to manage and overcome your anxiety.