Do You Need Help for Your Anxiety?
By Paul Rothbart
Anxiety is part of the palette of human emotions. If you are living life, you are going to feel anxious from time to time. But stress and anxiety can often be problematic and require the attention of a mental health professional. Nearly one in five American adults suffers from an anxiety disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Center of America. The question is, how can you tell when your anxiety is just a part of daily living and when you need help? Here are some things to consider.
It's Causing Fatigue
Constant worry can really tire you out. In fact, "easily fatigued" is a listed symptom of general anxiety disorder in the DSM-V's diagnostic criteria. If you are constantly tired from worry and often feel exhausted and unable to perform any of your daily tasks, you should seek out professional help.
Tied into general disorder is social anxiety. If you find yourself going out of your way to avoid people, such as crossing a street so you don't bump into an acquaintance, that is a sure sign that your anxiety needs attention. Isolating yourself can exacerbate depression and anxiety as well as be a symptom of them.
Worry Is Interfering With Your Life
It's normal to worry, but when it's chronic, it's a problem. If you have trouble sleeping and lie awake at night, thinking about all your concerns, that is a sign of a disorder. You also should seek help if you have trouble concentrating at work or in school. If you can't get your worries out of your head, even temporarily, it's time for a mental health professional.
You Lose Interest in Things You Enjoy
A sure sign of anxiety disorder and depression is when you no longer feel interested in things you usually love. If you like to travel, you may find yourself reluctant to leave the house. You may stop engaging in your favorite hobbies. Ceasing to participate in your favorite activities is caused by just not wanting to do them, not by lack of time. Seek help if this is the case.
A certain amount of anxiety in life is normal. It can even be healthy as it helps you stay on top of things you should be concerned about. However, when it's chronic and interferes with your life, you need to get help. Make an appointment with a qualified mental health professional. You don't have to suffer.
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