How do you know when anxiety is normal or something you should seek help with?

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Last Updated: 06/04/2018 at 6:46pm
How do you know when anxiety is normal or something you should seek help with?
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LauraListens
March 28th, 2016 4:28pm
Hello! According to the national institute on mental health around 18% or adults (aged >18) have an anxiety disorder- so you are not alone it it is something you need help with! Anxiety is a normal occurrence that almost everyone experiences, whether it is due to exams, an interview or otherwise. But when the anxiety becomes detrimental to your health, or interferes with your everyday life, it may be time to seek help. Some warning signs include when anxiety interferes with your work, friendships, relationships; when you are using drugs and/or alcohol to self medicate; or when anxiety is causing you to miss out on life. If any of these sound familiar then it is time to seek action and look at getting some help. Anxiety can leave you feeling trapped, alone and isolated. The fact is you don't need to be a prisoner to your anxiety. There is hope, support, and treatment. Coming here and posting the question is a step in the right direction and it is great to know you are taking care of yourself! There isn't necessarily a definitive answer to your question, but if you feel like you might want help coping with your anxiety- go for it. I hope my answer helped, Laura :)
HelpfulBee
July 26th, 2016 12:13pm
Anxiety is normal as long as it doesn't begin to disrupt your everyday life. If it starts to interfere with your work, relationships or downgrade the quality of your everyday life then you should seek help.
Anonymous
August 16th, 2016 7:14am
Most people have some degree of anxiety, but I think if it's taking a big toll on you or keeping you from living your life and doing things that you want to do, you should consider seeking help.
Anonymous
September 6th, 2016 7:52pm
Anxiety can come at any time but when it starts affecting your every day life thato is when it becomes and issue and you should seek medical help
rinkuandriku
January 3rd, 2017 3:36am
Everyone has a certain level of anxiety that is stable and motivates them to do things, but that anxiety is escalated when it starts to overwhelm a person and pressure them into working too much. That being said, anxiety makes different people act in different ways, so it would a good idea to talk to someone about your anxieties to help relieve them.
Ashiya
February 7th, 2017 6:57am
I personally believe anxiety is normal when it's manageable and doesn't disturb your daily life. If it's not manageable and you go into full blown attacks or nervous break downs, then I feel like you might need to seek help on calming that down. If it's not disturbing your daily life or functioning during the day I feel like that's when it's okay or "normal". A.K.A unmanageable.
Anonymous
May 9th, 2017 10:49pm
The moment you notice it affecting your daily routine, get help. When you start to become anxious about things you've previously never been bothered by, and it starts to become a regular occurrence, get help.
Anonymous
May 16th, 2017 1:49pm
When you are unable to do simple things that everyone else can do, this is when you should seek help! When you feel like enough is enough or when you feel like anxiety has taken a toll on your life. Maybe try talking to a friend or an active listener for support.
Silversun14
June 6th, 2017 1:55am
I think its all personal preference. If it gets to be something that affects your every day life, that would seem like a good time to ask for help definitely. Even if you just start feeling "symptoms" of anxiety, you can always talk to a family member, or friend
Anonymous
November 6th, 2017 1:23am
When anxiety is normal, it usually is about something you are anxious about, like maybe a birthday party or going on a roller coaster that has big drops and you dont know what to expect. When it is not normal, and you should seek professional help, is when you have anxiety attacks. Those can be in the form of: not being able to control your breath, you zone out without realising, or you have uncontrollable bursts of anger. For help with this, i recommend you talk to a listener who is trained in this area, or a medical professional, like a doctor or a therapist
bouncyHeart79
January 8th, 2018 7:47pm
Everyone has some form of anxiety. When your anxiety keeps you from going out in public or talking in a group of people then it's time to get some help. Needing help to control your anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of.
Anonymous
February 13th, 2018 10:07pm
I would say get help if it's affecting your everyday life. Or if it's too overwhelming when you get anxious. Remember that self-care is a hint to know if help is needed. If you stop doing the basics for self-care that's a red light.
ChairmanMeowListens
March 12th, 2018 9:50pm
If its been going on for over a month and affects your functioning in negative disruptive, or alarming ways. Anxiety is a natural result of trauma and for most who experience it, follows some event and usually passes and works itself out over some time. Like break-ups, deaths, losses, all are traumatic and for most eventually work themselves out through time and process. But severe episodes can mark and effect a person for years, and for people who grew up in traumatic environments, like ones with domestic violence, or experienced a severe event the effect can require a little professional help and understanding to cope with and recover from. It is useful to keep in mind that this is something that can be considered normal and can affect and be inflicted upon anyone and affects everyone to some degree at some point in their life span.
endearingLion70
March 20th, 2018 11:45pm
If the anxiety you have becomes a disturbance to your life it is time to seek help so you can manage it
Anonymous
April 30th, 2018 9:53pm
Anxious thoughts are feelings are very common, almost natural, but they can get very out of hand. When you find yourself unable to live life without the anxiousness, you should consider seeking help.
Anonymous
June 4th, 2018 6:46pm
Personally, my anxiety is horrid. If it's really bad, I'll get sick to my stomach and the room will spin. It ranges from headaches to actually throwing up, or even having digestive pain. If it's causing you physical pain, consult a doctor.