How To Determine If Your Anxiety Needs Medical Treatment

Anxiety is something that many people experience on a daily basis. Although anxiety is sometimes misunderstood as simply feeling worried, anxiety can be a real danger for those who have it in a moderate or severe case. In fact, about 18 percent of American adults have an anxiety disorder.

If you experience debilitating anxiety, or if you are having trouble with the difference between anxiety and everyday worry, this article may be helpful for you.

There are a few types of anxiety with a variety of severity and symptoms. Some of them include panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Anxiety becomes a real problem when it becomes overwhelming and disrupts your life frequently, especially when there is no real threat or stress to face at the time. Anxiety can cause so many symptoms and is so dangerous that doctors often mistake real medical issues for anxiety. It can cause heart irregularities, nausea, chest pain, throat pressure, dry mouth, fainting, dizziness, shaking, chills, breathing issues, and more. It is no wonder that people would like to avoid experiencing anxiety.

When You May Need Medical Help For Anxiety:

  • If your anxiety causes you to self-medicate with dangerous drugs or excessive alcohol
  • If you have depression caused by the extreme negative effects of your anxiety
  • If you become too afraid to care for yourself, including fears of exercise, eating, drinking, hygiene, or other important things.
  • If you experience frequent and intense panic attacks with hyperventilation
  • If your anxiety runs your life and you are worried you may harm yourself or others

Seeking medical help for your anxiety may be critical for your health and safety. If you don’t currently have a doctor or health insurance, do some online research for any options available to you. There may be nonprofit organizations to help you pay for your medical bills. There might be a free state funded health insurance available to you that you didn’t know about, or other resources to help you get your life back.

No matter what, your health is important.