There are many different types of anxiety such as social, generalized, and even some that progress into disorders. Many people suffer from some form of anxiety, but the good news is that they can be diagnosed, treated, and maintained.
As a person that suffers from generalized anxiety and didn’t know until last year, I thought what I was going through was normal. Like, I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know what it was, and here’s the kicker… I was STUDYING mental health counseling in graduate school, so how come I didn’t recognize it in myself?
Anyway, I had to see a therapist and get officially diagnosed before I realized that what I was going through wasn’t normal, but in fact, highly abnormal. Who knew?! Anyway, on some level a dose of anxiety is healthy. I mean, we all get anxious about certain things. But, how do you know when it crosses the line into being unhealthy?
When it crosses that line to being unhealthy is when you have more than five or six of the symptoms above for a consecutive length of time. When you notice it, then you need to have a therapist formally diagnose you, so that you can receive help and treat it.
For me, it was overthinking, lack of patience, procrastination, worrying, and TERRIBLE headaches. It was the headaches that tipped it over the scale for me. That’s when it was time for me to seek some professional help b/c it was CONSTANT! I, now, take medication for migraines and my anxiety. Trust me, they work! However, medication may not be right for you, so there are other alternatives.
This post is meant to do two things; 1. normalize getting help when it’s necessary and 2. being honest and true to yourself about the help you may need. Anxiety isn’t terrible, but it can progress into panic attacks, which are scary and can be life-altering experiences. With COVID-19 running rampant out here adding an extra layer of caution, safety, and awareness, it can take a toll on your mental health as well.
So, be kind to yourselves. Nobody is expecting you to have all the answers. Just realize when it goes from “my coping skills are working” to “I need professional help” and then take the appropriate actions to seek that help. ❤