We all suffer from anxiety at one point or another in our lives. Whether it’s a stressful presentation at work or a financial problem that keeps you awake at night, you’ve undoubtedly experienced that gut wrenching feeling of anxiety on more than a few occasions in your life.
And it’s not particularly pleasant. Being overridden with anxious feelings every day of your adult life.
But how do you know if your anxiety is really a problem, requiring medical assistance? Are your feelings of anxiety out of control? This article will help shed some light on this question and help you to help yourself find the help you need.
Are you too anxious?
There are many standardized tests that psychologists, doctors and psychiatrists make use of to determine whether or not your anxiety levels are too high. The general yardstick used is whether or not your anxiety impairs your daily performance. Is your life negatively impacted by your feelings of anxiety? Does it impair the way you work or live your life?
Some other symptoms of more severe anxiety disorders:
- Panic attacks: occur in varying severity but generally include shortness of breath, trembling, nausea and a racing heart.
- Uncontrolled and generalized worry that interferes with normal functioning.
- Chronic worry: if you can’t remember the last time you weren’t feeling anxious then you might have a more serious anxiety problem.
- Dread: a constant feeling of dread is abnormal and cause for concern.
- Physical symptoms: beyond the common nausea and racing heart, there are a variety of symptoms that can result from an anxiety disorder. Diarrhea, headaches, and insomnia are just some of the physical manifestations of a more serious anxiety problem, requiring medical intervention.
If you suspect you might fit the criteria for clinical anxiety issues, it’s time to get yourself the help you need. Whether it’s your GP or a psychologist, there are all kinds of avenues you can explore to lessen your daily anxiety levels.
Finding help for excessive anxiety
If you feel your anxiety has become too much, it’s time to seek help. And when it comes to anxiety disorders, there is plenty of help available in all kinds of ways.
Many anxiety sufferers have found relief in online support groups and chat environments. Connecting with others who are experiencing the same thing can be very comforting to anyone who has been experiencing the grip of a generalized anxiety disorder for any extended period of time, and can provide you with the support you need to conquer your anxiety.
If you are able to, a visit to your GP or therapist might help you to take more concrete steps such as making lifestyle changes or taking medication.
While for some people, anxiety and endless worry might have become a way of life; there’s no need to remain stuck in these destructive thought patterns forever. Therapy that is tailor made to suit your needs can really make all the difference and give you the quality of life you deserve, that is worry free.