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How to Tell When You Need Help for Your Anxiety

By Paul Rothbart

Everyone experiences a certain amount of anxiety in their lives. It just goes with the turf. It's normal and many people can work through it with little trouble. But about 18 percent of American adults are stricken with anxiety disorders, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. When stress and anxiety reach this level, it's time to seek professional help. But how do you know when you need help? Here are some indicators that your anxiety is a mental health problem.

You Fear Conflict

Conflict is never fun and it is good to avoid it, but a certain amount of butting heads is to be expected. If you withhold your opinions and don't speak up because you fear conflict and wish to avoid it at all costs, that's a sign that your anxiety may be overwhelming you. You should seek a therapist or counselor. 

Your Worry Is Chronic and Disruptive

Life is filled with things to worry about. But when worry is constant and interferes with your ability to make decisions and get things done, that is a clear sign of an anxiety disorder. Time to get some help.

You're Backing Out of Things

If you find yourself backing out of things, such as making a presentation at work or perhaps activities with family or friends because you feel anxious about them, that's cause for concern. It's natural to feel anxious about such things but if worry prevents you from participating, it's time for professional help. 

You Isolate Yourself

Some alone time is always welcome and is good for mental health. But when social anxiety reaches a point where you avoid other people and isolate yourself, it has become a problem. Seek counseling immediately.

You Lose Your Desire for Things You Normally Enjoy

A sure sign of problematic anxiety and depression is a lack of interest in activities and hobbies that you love. This goes beyond being tired or just not having the time for participation. You may feel that the effort is too great and the reward too small. Don't miss out on your pleasurable activities. Get help.

You Feel Exhausted

If you are worrying to the point that it's sapping your strength, it's a sure sign of a problem. Feeling too exhausted to be able to work or do anything effectively is listed as a symptom of anxiety disorder in the DSM-V's diagnostic criteria. Seek help right away.

Anxiety is a part of life. Human beings are going to worry. That's normal. But if you are showing any of these signs, you are probably suffering from an anxiety disorder. Find a qualified professional for therapy and counseling. Your disorder is treatable. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Brandon, Fla.

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