Anxiety sufferers in the 21st century have a relatively new avenue of help and support: the Internet. As more and more people turn to Google first for advice and information, better online support groups, forums and websites targeting all types of illnesses and disorders are becoming available. You know this - you're taking advantage of one now! These sites provide a unique and invaluable service to many people, and can be especially helpful for those with anxiety disorders.
Why do anxiety sufferers stand to benefit so much from online help? One reason is that it is less threatening. For example, people with social anxiety disorder may crave the support and advice of other people, but be too anxious and afraid to seek out and attend an in-person support group. People in this situation can benefit tremendously from online support groups, where they can maintain a degree of anonymity, participate as much or as little as feels comfortable, and observe without being observed themselves.
There are also many self-help tips available for dealing with anxiety, and the Internet can be a great way to learn things like relaxation breathing, yoga, and simple thought exercises that can help ease anxiety. While these things will not replace professional treatment for severe anxiety disorders, these online tips provide a great opportunity to be proactive in dealing with stress and can certainly make a difference.
Mental health professionals are beginning to take conventional treatment online as well. More research is being done on the potential advantages of online professional counseling, which may be a good option for those who don't have easy access to face-to-face mental health counseling.