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Battling Anxiety: When to See Your Doctor

Deborah O. Day, Psy.D - Wednesday, September 05, 2018

 

It's the 21st century, and everyone is living like sardines packed into cities. You're continuously overwhelmed by advertisements and sensationalized newscasts. You can't go to the grocery store without having a dozen tabloids shouting the world's end shoved in your face. There's tragedy everywhere. The average human is overworked, underpaid, and completely overwhelmed. If you're feeling low, the good news is you're not alone. In the span of a lifetime, the average person will experience numerous waves of anxiety and phases of depression. The spectrum of what's considered "normal" and "healthy" is unclear and ever-changing--so it's hard to know when it's time to entertain a doctor that specializes in psychology in Orlando, FL.  Here are a couple of signs that you could benefit from talking to a trained professional.

 

Your anxiety regularly keeps you from doing things you enjoy

 

To experience anxious feelings in a given situation is one thing; to consistently allow them to keep you from doing things you'd otherwise enjoy is another. It's hypothesized that all people experience feelings of anxiety on some level or another. The defining difference is what you do with those feelings. The goal is to be able to tackle them, overcome them, and press on with what you're doing. If you find yourself unable to perform a task because of your anxious feelings (i.e., unable to go into a restaurant, leave the house, meet a new person, participate in an activity you've never tried before) then it's time to acquire some anxiety-management tools--something best done with the help of a mental health physician.

 

People you love have expressed their concern

 

If you're frequently experiencing anxiety or any form of depression, you may have a distorted self-image and perception of your well-being. Imagine that your mental health is a conversation that happens inside you. When you're anxious or depressed, it's hard for you to be in touch with your own self. The people around you who care about you and love you (family members, friends, coworkers) may have a better perception of your well-being than you do. If your loved ones are saying they're worried and seeing red flags--listen.

 

Your anxiety has taken a noticeable toll on your physical health

 

Have you lost or gained extreme amounts of weight recently without much explanation? Has your appetite or eating habits changed? It's pretty much an undisputed fact that mental and physical health are intrinsically connected, but when your psychological well-being is suffering, it's easy to forget that. If you've been feeling anxious or depressed and you've noticed your physical health is declining as well, it probably relates to your mental state. If you think it's possible that your mental health is taking a toll on your physical well-being, it's time to see a doctor.

 

You have no strong foundation or means for support

 

People with strong support systems (such as close-knit families or intimate groups of friends) have a net to fall back on when battling feelings of anxiety or depression. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have either of those safety nets. If you're struggling and you find that you lack a close friend or family member to talk through your feelings and daily struggles with, then you need to reach out to a doctor as soon as possible. Isolation and loneliness breed negative thoughts, but talking through your feelings with a trained professional may help you sort your painful feelings and ultimately overcome them.

 

While any of these red flags are sure signs that it's time to reach out, in the end, if you're uncertain it's always best to call up your doctor. Remember that to a degree, feelings of anxiety are natural--but that doesn't mean you have to live without the tools and resources to navigate them and live a happy, healthy life. Especially if you're experiencing feelings of hopelessness, you need to make an appointment. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

 

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