Struggling with anxiety? 5 signs that it might be time to get some help

Deb Lang PsyD, RD; Licensed Psychologist

Do you wonder whether you should get help for your anxiety – but end up second guessing yourself?

Are you unsure that it will help or maybe question whether you need it in the first place?

If you are like many of the people who come to see me for help with their anxiety, this debate can go on for some time – often months or even years.

I feel sad when I hear how long people have waited to get help – sad because anxiety is so treatable.

By that I mean, with the right tools, most people with anxiety get better.

Instead many, maybe most, people

struggle

a common strategy to try and deal with anxiety is avoidance.  Unfortunately it makes anxiety worse.

on their own

all alone

trying to control their anxiety

and without realizing it, they make it worse.

So, I’d like to share some signs suggesting that it would be a good idea to reach out for support. 

Signs that it might be time to get some help

How anxiety can be a resource - link for free course

There are many signs that I could include in this list.  I have simply chosen five. 

If you don’t see a symptom that you feel worried about, please don’t take it to mean that it isn’t important.

  1. You are starting to avoid places, people, and activities that you once enjoyed. Avoidance is a commonly used strategy to deal with anxiety. Although avoidance may provide temporary relief, it most often leads to loneliness, isolation and depression.
  2. You try to control situations to avoid getting anxious. Trying to prevent anxiety through planning and control is another commonly used strategy for those struggling with anxiety. Unfortunately, this type of planning leads to anxiety about getting anxious. If you do this, I bet you know what I mean!
  3. You are self-medicating through drugs or alcohol to ease your symptoms. Anxiety is uncomfortable and it is understandable that you want relief. Medicating the symptoms can provide temporary relief but doesn’t really address the problem. And there is the added worry (anxiety) about addiction.
  4. You are missing work or withdrawing from family responsibilities. Trying to prevent or control anxiety often leads people to stay home from work or back out of family activities. This often leads to family or work conflicts/difficulties and you guessed it, more anxiety.
  5. Your health is suffering. Dealing with chronic stress is draining, emotionally and physically. If your health is suffering, please get some support.
struggling with anxiety - 5 signs that it might be time to get some help.

These are just five of the signs that suggest you would benefit from getting help for your anxiety – there are certainly others.

If you feel like you can’t take it anymore

If you are feeling hopeless or like you can’t take it any more, please reach out for help! With the right tools anxiety is so treatable and you need the tools!

Think of it as your psyche saying:

” this feels desperate and we need some help!”

Please listen.

Ready to take a step to turn this around?

Is it time for you to get some support and guidance to turn this around?

How about an online class?

How anxiety can be a resource - link for free course

If you see yourself in these signs, how about sticking your toe in the water with an online class?

“How Anxiety can be a Resource”, is packed with useful information to help you start learning how to approach your anxiety.

Or, therapy?

Starting therapy is another way of working on your anxiety.

If you live in Montana or Colorado, click here to learn about the possibility of working with me through online therapy.

If you live outside of those areas, be sure and look for a therapist who specializes, and has experience, dealing with anxiety.

It’s okay to be where you are

Whether you are ready to take a step to deal with your anxiety or not – it is okay.

Please don’t beat yourself up for not being ready. That will only lead to more anxiety!

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Until next time, with warmth and kindness,

Deb