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When is it necessary to seek professional help to deal with anxiety?

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Last Updated: 01/05/2021 at 4:38am
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Top Rated Answers
January 12th, 2015 6:34am
When it's becoming to much for you to handle, and you can't always say "Yeah I got this," when you really don't. If you can't breathe or speak, or function properly. You should seek professional help to deal with it, and so you can learn how to handle with some support.
April 1st, 2015 9:09am
When you start to feel it as a normal part of your everyday life. I started feeling anxiety at school. and it was so bad that I could not go. So, I have to be home schooled.
April 15th, 2015 2:33pm
When you think that your anxiety is getting out of hand and no positive thinking or breathing exercise is helping. Also when your anxiousness proves to be an obstacle in your day to day life and causes you should get help.
April 19th, 2015 1:53am
Its necessary to seek professional help with anxiety when it starts taking over your everyday life, and that it stops you doing things you love
April 22nd, 2015 7:20pm
It becomes necessary to seek professional help when you start thinking that feelings of anxiety are normal. When you start thinking that being afraid to make eye contact with people and being too scared to wear that cute shirt you really like is your daily routine. Seek help when your hands start shaking and your vision gets blurry at the thought of waking up another day. Talk to someone when your sister announces her first pregnancy and all you can feel is nothing, your senses numb. You try to be happy for her, but you can't. Get help when you are not happy anymore. You are allowed to feel happy. You are allowed to be human. You do not have to live with anxiey.
April 24th, 2015 4:15am
It is necessary to seek professional help to deal with anxiety when it is making everyday life difficult.
April 25th, 2015 1:41am
Whenever you feel it's necessary! There is no for-sure way of telling when, and anxiety disorders are an immensely personal situation. If you're asking this, I'd say you should probably consider it because it seems like you feel like it's something to consider.
June 17th, 2015 3:39am
When it begins to hinder your daily life. Anxiety is a normal occurrence however anxiety that leads to depressive thoughts or impairs your ability to go about your day (especially if it lasts longer than a couple hours) is concerning and you should talk to a professional who can help evaluate your triggers and help you begin to function again.
June 18th, 2015 2:23am
Anxiety isn't only an emotion. Over time, it becomes a chronic physiological behavior, affecting not only the way you feel, but how your body feels. Bottom line, it can make you really sick! Anxiety may very easily spiral out of control as well, and is also very tricky to handle, which is why a professional is helpful and can use calming, behavioral techniques that others don't know.
June 30th, 2015 10:07pm
Anxiety is a disease, just like any other. You wouldn't attempt to treat your own cancer, so why would you try to treat anxiety by yourself? While there's a lot of work that you can do on your own, a professional really is a necessary component of combating this diagnosis.
July 13th, 2015 2:23am
I feel that you should seek professional help when you feel like it is something that you no longer can control.
November 2nd, 2015 12:34am
Any time a behavior or recurring thought impacts a person's ability to function in life, it is time to consider professional help.
November 3rd, 2015 8:27am
The short answer is whenever you start question whether or not you should. If it has gotten to the point where you need to ask yourself this question, you should seek treatment. It may be intimidating or you may feel embarrassed doing so at first, but the people treating and helping you through this work with people struggling on a daily basis. These are people that truly do care and have your best interests in mind. I would recommend that you contact your general physician and s/he will be able to direct you to problem-specific care in your area. I hope this helps.
January 4th, 2016 12:30am
Anxiety is common symptom. Any person can have that. Just like when someone has lost the valet in travel/got a sudden exam/to attend something without preparation etc. When anxiety shows physical and mental symptoms on daily basis or weekly basis your body is telling you to get HEALED!
January 4th, 2016 5:57am
When you feel confused with your self. When your path is not clear to you at all. When you want to get rid of negativity in your life and start fresh away :)
May 2nd, 2016 9:26am
When it affects your daily life, causes stress, lingers in the back of your mind, and starts to take a toll on everyday life. That is when it is NECESSARY. However, if you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, it is always beneficial to ask a professional for help.
July 26th, 2016 11:22am
Seeking professional help w0uld be necessary when one has constant anxiety, or if the anxiety interferes with their day to day activities.
August 16th, 2016 11:06pm
It depends on how much anxiety you deal with. It's "normal" to have anxiety towards a test or a presentation. if you experience it everyday and can't stop thing about things in the future then you should seek help. But even though it maybe mild anxiety it okay if you see a therapist for a couple of sessions to see how bad its affecting you. ITS BETTER TO GET HELP BEFORE IT GETS WORSE
September 13th, 2016 12:03pm
I believe it is necessary to seek professional help to deal with anxiety when it interferes with your daily life. When you are so anxious you are unable to hold down a job or interact with family then you should seek help.
September 19th, 2016 10:46pm
It doesn't have to reach a certain point to seek professional help. People without mental illnesses or major life problems see therapists. Go to one if you think that you could have an anxiety disorder, maybe start with a close and trusted adult like a Pastor or a guidance counselor or even your parents, and then go from there. It's never an issue to as for help :)
October 24th, 2016 5:28am
If you feel that it is necessary, then it is time. However, with anxiety, we can feel that we are 'making it up' or 'making a big deal out of nothing'. If you are unsure, it's still best to open up a dialogue with someone. Better to seek help or assistance than none at all. If it turns out to be a simpler challenge to overcome - great! If it's a more complex challenge, then you're already in the right place.
November 1st, 2016 5:42pm
When you realize that you can't cope with it by yourself. After you have tried some techniques and they didn't help much and you realize that anxiety affects your life very much, then maybe you should consider seeing a professional.
November 7th, 2016 12:14pm
Whenever you feel you need help or that the problem is too big for you to handle alone. There's no right or wrong time.
February 20th, 2017 7:47pm
When it's interfering with your ability to function, when it's severe enough that other people are expressing concern, or when it's causing you distress, you should consider seeking professional help. That's not to say someone with a lower anxiety level wouldn't benefit from professional treatment, but in terms of necessity, it mostly has to do with how frequently and how intensely it interferes with your life and happiness.
May 15th, 2017 5:23pm
When it starts to significantly impact your ability to function during your regular routine. For me, I went and talked to someone when I was having panic attacks at my job for absolutely no reason. Nothing had triggered my anxiety, but I'd still get them. Or if you're a student and you can't sit through a class without shaking uncontrollably, having racing thoughts, or without feeling nauseous/sick to your stomach; that would also be an indicator that you need professional assistance.
October 16th, 2017 9:27am
If the anxiety is interfering with your lifestyle or your daily routine, you should get help. Even if the interference doesn't seem so big. If you are having trouble sleeping, eating, getting to work or school or just feel like your anxiety prevents you from experiencing normal things you used to like, you should get help. But the truth is, you don't have to wait until it's too late - you can get help now. If your situation isn't that bad, great! You'll be done with treatment and feeling better in no time.
October 16th, 2017 4:41pm
When you see that the issue is persisting and there's no signs of improvement. When you've been trying your harder to improve the issue but you feel like you're getting nowhere and this issue is stopping you from doing basic, everyday tasks.
March 19th, 2018 4:58pm
When you think it is. If you feel it's necessary, it absolutely is! Be honest with yourself: would you feel a little bit better if you had someone, in person, to talk to? If it is even a slight yes, then go for it! Only good can come of it! And you should certainly feel proud for taking a step in the right direction.
April 17th, 2018 2:48am
When it stops you from being able to do normal daily activities and you are in a constant state of worry.
January 29th, 2019 10:43pm
Anxiety is a personal struggle that everyone goes through differently. When your anxiety becomes overwhelming and is starting to dictate what you are doing, it is time to seek professional help. For me, it was when school became too much and all I could think about was tests. Everyone's breaking point is different and it is important to keep that in mind. Overall, what needs to be remembered is only you know you. "Know thy self" is a quote I have really come to love because, in the end, if you know yourself, you are already on the path to getting better.