HERE ARE FOUR WARNINGS THAT TELL YOU IT’S TIME TO GET HELP FOR ANXIETY
1. IT IS INTERFERING WITH YOUR LIFE.
When the symptoms become severe enough to the point of disrupting your life – relationships, work, health, sleep, etc. – it’s time to get help. When you have reached this point, you’ll usually know. If you don’t seek help yourself, don’t be surprised if friends or family bring the behavior to your attention.
2. IT IS MAKING YOU SICK.
Many of us tend to “separate” brain functions from those of the body. Science shows, however, an inextricable relationship between mind and body (sometimes called the “mind-body connection.”)
Our entire body acts as one big feedback loop. Each part of the body is interconnected. Consider your gastrointestinal (GI) tract or gut. The GI tract is referred to as the “second brain” because of its rich network of neurons. Your “gut feelings” are actual feelings!
If you’re struggling with a bad case of anxiety, you might have noticed it in your stomach, muscles, and elsewhere. Don’t ignore these signs. Get some help.
For a person who experiences normal levels of mental and emotional agitation, the physical symptoms are temporary. The “on-edge” feeling eventually fades, and we regain our normal physical state. People with anxiety disorders typically experience something different.
Individuals with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), for instance, often complain of feeling a near-constant state of underlying worry and tension – and frequently for no reason. Despite knowing that no threat exists, someone with GAD cannot help but feel on-edge most of the time. Of course, this near-constant state of tension takes its toll on the body’s energy reserves. If your energy is being depleted by stress, you will feel more tired, more often.
4. IT IS MAKING YOU HOPELESS.
Studies show that as many as 85 percent of people with an anxiety disorder suffer from depression – and vice-versa. Depression, which is a serious mental health disorder, can produce symptoms such as:
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness.
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or sleeping too much.
- Loss of interest in things once considered pleasurable.
- Trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions.
Clinical depression can lead to thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Often, a sense of hopelessness and helplessness preempts these thoughts.