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Anxiety – When to Seek Help

When should one seek for help if anxiety occur?

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Some measure of anxiety is normal, and no treatment is necessary. However, there does come a point at
which seeking treatment for anxiety is vital to your well-being. Essentially, there are three instances where treatment should be sought.

The first is if you experience a panic attack. For people who have never experienced a panic attack, they may mistakenly think that they are suffering from a heart attack, and they will usually seek emergency treatment for that. Doctors perform tests to determine if a heart attack has occurred, and if it has not, based on the symptoms that occurred, a panic attack may be diagnosed.

When your anxiety has escalated to this point, you do need treatment for anxiety. The treatment that you receive from emergency medical professionals, thinking that you had a heart attack, is not sufficient treatment for anxiety.

Anxiety - by Telise RodelvIf your anxiety is unusual and extended, you should seek treatment. You know what a normal amount of stress is for you, but feeling anxious for a prolonged period or feeling an unexpected increase in the feelings of anxiety usually indicates that treatment is needed.

If the anxiety starts interfering in your life, treatment is required. Anxiety could keep one from doing things in life that they might do otherwise if that anxiety did not exist. For example, someone who is developing social anxiety may stop going to events or functions as frequently as they used to, and this does interfere in their life.

There is a fourth reason to seek treatment. Sometimes, we are too close to ourselves to see the big picture. If you have a fear or anxiety that you feel is perfectly normal, and someone close to you says it is not, it doesn’t hurt to seek the advice of a trained professional.

That other person may be wrong, and your fear or anxiety may be perfectly normal — but you do need to be sure.

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Causes of Anxiety

Anxiety can even be caused by anxiety.

Whether you have suffered from anxiety or not, you may wonder what the exact causes of anxiety are. The fact is that there are two possible types of causes of anxiety. The first is biological, and the second is emotional.

Anti AnxietyA biological source of anxiety is essentially a chemical imbalance. This means that the brain may be producing too much or not enough of certain chemicals or hormones. This imbalance can be caused by many things. It may be caused by medication that you are taking; it may be inherited through blood lines, or it may be caused by an illness, a surgery, or any number of things.

Emotional causes of anxiety can also be several. However, the number one culprit of anxiety brought on by emotional causes is stress. The stress may be slight, yet prolonged, or it could be short term but extreme. Either case could cause tension. Anxiety that results from an emotional reason may also be delayed. For example, if you are the victim of a traumatic crime, you may not experience feelings of anxiety immediately after the crime. Those feelings may crop up months or, even years, after the crime has been committed.

Anxiety can even caused by anxiety. For example, if you have one anxiety attack, you may fear another attack, which could increase the amount of fear that you feel, making matters worse. The mind is hugely powerful, and it can work with you and against you.

Anxiety can even occur due to other problems. For example, if you have an asthma attack, you may also suffer with an anxiety attack because you fear not being able to breathe. If you have a heart attack, you may experience an anxiety attack with it because you fear that you are dying. Again, the mind is extremely powerful.

When you suffer from anxiety, you should seek treatment and work with your health care professional to find the cause of your anxiety.

While there are many treatments for anxiety, the best treatment is to know and understand what is causing it.

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