blog image

6 Signs it’s time to seek help for your anxiety

Like all emotions, anxiety is healthy, and we’re all prone to feeling it sometimes. Anxiety can be a debilitating problem, though, when the stress you feel is no longer in proportion to the situation. An upcoming test, job interview, or first date may make you feel anxious, and that’s healthy. But, if you feel symptoms of anxiety absent any apparent reason or everyday things make you anxious – leaving your home, for example - it may be time to see a mental health professional. To know if your anxiety is unmanageable, you have to know the symptoms.

1. Physical Symptoms

The physical symptoms of anxiety may include upset stomach, excessive sweating, headache, rapid heartbeat, and trouble breathing. If you get a stomach ache every time someone invites you out to a social event; you sweat through your shirt whenever you leave the house, even in the middle of winter; or you feel like your heart is beating so fast it might burst when talking to a stranger on the phone, you may be unhealthily anxious. If your body regularly reacts to everyday stressors the way a caveman would if a lion chased him, your anxiety is no longer healthy.

2. Cognitive Symptoms

Memory issues, trouble concentrating, and insomnia are also symptoms of an anxiety problem. If you can’t fall asleep, or you wake up repeatedly throughout the night because you can’t stop thinking about things that will stress you out, anxiousness is ruling over you. The same goes for it if you can’t focus on work, or sit through a movie, or read a book, or if you seem to be continually forgetting things that happened recently. When you’re severely anxious about something, even if the thing is “irrational”, it can be hard to function normally.

3. Procrastination & Avoidance

Whether it's procrastinating about the thing that triggers your anxiety – like putting off an errand or not reading an important email until ‘you’re ready to deal with it’- or avoiding doing just about everything, excessive procrastination and avoidance are two signs of an anxiety issue. We all put off starting unpleasant or difficult tasks sometimes, but when you spend more time avoiding them than doing them, it may be time to seek outside help.

4. Overthinking & Constant Worrying

If worrying keeps you from functioning or you're overthinking so much you can’t focus on important work or sleep at night, you may have an anxiety problem. Your mind races, you lose track of your surroundings, and you’re so caught up in a storm of stressful thoughts that you miss your freeway exit. Anxiety tips over from healthy to unhealthy when it disrupts your life. If a recent health diagnosis has you worried, that’s totally normal. If you’re afraid that you’re dying every time you sneeze, that’s not.

5. Feeling Agitated & Restless

If you feel on edge, can’t stop moving, and you’re quick to anger, you may be anxious. Anger can be a way to shield you from stressful thoughts. By raging at someone else, you can blame your anxious feelings on an outside force. And if you’re always moving, you don’t have time to ruminate on anxious thoughts. But neither response is helpful or healthy in the long term. When you feel agitated and restless more often than not, when you can’t stop moving and get easily annoyed or are prone to snap at people, you may have a serious problem with anxiety.

6. Panic Attacks

Often times people mistake a panic attack for a heart attack. Tightness in your chest, rapid heartbeat, sweating and shaking, shortness of breath, and upset stomach can easily be mistaken for a heart attack. It’s important to know the symptoms of a heart attack so that you don’t dismiss one by thinking it is a panic attack or do the opposite and call 911 when you should call a psychologist. Frequent panic attacks are a sign you might have a panic disorder. To differentiate between healthy and unhealthy anxiety, ask yourself: Is this manageable? If your anxiety keeps you from sleeping, working, social interactions, or errands, you might want to talk to a therapist about that. If you feel anxious more than half of the week for six months or longer, it’s probably time to get help.

Share

instagram iconinstagram iconinstagram iconinstagram iconinstagram icontwitter iconpinterest icon
free matchmaking

Free Matchmaking

Get 30 mins free first matchmaking session

Free Screening
Assessment

Related Blogs

previous arrow
Wisdom from Howie Mandel

Wisdom from Howie Mandel

Signs of Depression

Signs of Depression

Exploring Solutions for Cognitive Hurdles: Pathways to Enhanced Well-Being

Exploring Solutions for Cognitive Hurdles: Pathways to Enhanced Well-Being

Seeking Support for Managing Chronic Headaches and Migraines

Seeking Support for Managing Chronic Headaches and Migraines

Understanding Trichotillomania: Seeking Support and Strategies for Coping

Understanding Trichotillomania: Seeking Support and Strategies for Coping

next arrow

Get the latest in mental health, free events, feature updates and more.