Everyone experiences some anxiety, but how do you know when to seek help for anxiety? It can depend on several factors, including how debilitating the anxiety is.
Anxiety is a natural response to stress. It carries over from primitive days when we needed quick reactions to avoid threats. Since we are no longer being chased by sabre tooth tigers, some of our anxiety is misplaced and can be damaging to our health. For most people, anxiety feels like nervous anticipation and fear all rolled up together.
There are many ways you can manage anxiety. Sometimes, it’s as simple as breathing deeply and using self-talk to overcome the momentary anxious feelings you are having. For example, if you’re giving a presentation or speech, you may get extremely anxious beforehand but not be suffering from any kind of disorder. However, there are times when the anxiety you are experiencing is more serious.
If you are suffering from bouts of anxiety that prevent you from functioning, or if you have been having more moments of anxiety than normal that impact your ability to work, sleep, or function it might be time to see a doctor. You and your doctor can talk about what might be causing your anxiety and determine if some form of treatment – whether counseling, medication, or further evaluation – is needed.
If your anxiety is getting in the way of your quality of life, it is important to talk to your medical provider and determine what might be causing it. Extreme anxiety can stress your heart, it can lead to depression, and it can create a vicious cycle in which you begin to feel anxious, realize you are feeling anxious, and experience even more anxiety.
To learn more ways about managing your anxiety, schedule your appointment today with Complete Neurological Care, conveniently located throughout New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey. We offer the skills and technology necessary to diagnose and treat common neurological concerns.