Where To Get Help For Anxiety

If

you, or someone you know, has symptoms of anxiety, a visit

to the family physician is usually

the best place to start. A physician can help determine whether

the symptoms are due to an anxiety disorder, some other medical

condition, or both. Frequently, the next step in getting

treatment for an anxiety disorder is a referral to a mental

health professional.

Among the professionals who can help are psychiatrists,

psychologists, social workers, and counselors.

However, it's best to look for a professional who has

specialized training in cognitive-behavioral therapy

and/or behavioral

therapy, as appropriate, and who is open to the use

of medications, should they be needed.

There

are many places and resources now

available for people who suffer from anxiety disorder

to get help.

Depending on how severe your symptoms are, your doctor may

put you on some type of medication. Make

it your goal to get off the medication, if prescribed,

as soon as possible! The medication is to lessen the severity

of your symptoms

while you learn about anxiety and find the resources,

and treatment, to get better. There are several

different treatment

options used in treating anxiety disorder.

Where and how to get help after diagnosis:

  • Psychologist: Consult a good psychologist. Ask your doctor to provide

    you with one or find one on your own. A good psychologist

    will be against the medication and will

    want you to get off

    of it as soon as possible. However, if you've

    been taking medication, it's important not to discontinue

    it abruptly. Certain drugs have to

    be tapered off under the supervision of your physician.

    Although, in some cases, medication may be the only

    solution for some sufferers.

  • Treatment Options: Learn

    of several different treatment options available to

    you.

  • Resources: Many

    people with anxiety disorders benefit from joining

    a self-help group and sharing their problems and

    achievements with others. Talking with trusted friends

    or a trusted member of the clergy can also be very

    helpful, although not a substitute for mental health

    care. I

    recommend the resources on my site. Learn

    more about the resources on livingwithanxiety.com

  • Information: Books, Workbooks, Audio

    Books, Self-help

    materials, You

    want to find as much information as you can

    about the type

    of

    anxiety disorder you may suffer from. Search,

    search, search, read, read, read.

  • Support: Find

    as much support from your family and friends

    as you can, and let them know you

    have been diagnosed with a

    anxiety disorder.

    It is a very important part of your healing process.

    The family is of great importance in the recovery of

    a person

    with an anxiety disorder. Ideally, the family should

    be supportive without helping to perpetuate the person's

    symptoms. If the family tends to trivialize the disorder

    or demand improvement without treatment, the affected

    person will suffer even more.

    You

    may wish to tell your family about livingwithanxiety.com

    and enlist their help as

    educated allies in your journey to eliminate

    your anxiety disorder.

  • Learn how to relax: Even though it's hard to do

    right now, learning some techniques to use

    will be very

    soothing

    on the mind and body. It will also help with

    your symptoms. Click

    here to learn more about relaxation.

I'm still learning today and there is always

more for me to learn about. You can never get

enough information. Eventually

you will find what works to bring you to your comfort level.

Lastly, do not give up! It seems now

that it is impossible for you to

become your old self again, but with

a little time, knowledge and support, you can. Good Luck!

Of course, any advice you receive here or otherwise, should

not be taken in place of a professional

opinion.

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