We all face difficulties that we manage ourselves or with the help of our family or friends. However, at times we may feel overwhelmed. To help you decide whether you could benefit from seeking professional help you can ask yourself the following questions:
- What is distressing me now?
- Are my usual ways of dealing with this issue/crisis working?
- What resources have I used?
- What resources do I think I need?
- What help is easy to ask for?
- What help is difficult to ask for?
If answering these questions is not easy or makes you feel quite negative or even panicky, you could probably benefit from seeking help.
What can I do to help myself?
If you are diagnosed with a particular anxiety disorder, learn as much as you can about it and ways to treat it. This helps to ‘de-mystify’ the illness, making it less scary or confusing as well as helping you to choose the best treatment. It is often helpful to read other people’s stories about how they coped with the same problem.
Ask for help
Don’t let misconceptions about anxiety disorders stop you from seeking help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It demonstrates self respect and caring for your health.
Talk to Someone
- Contact the WayAhead Mental Health Information Service on 1300 794 991
- Speak to your local doctor (GP)
- Read about the different types of treatment and support
- Find an anxiety clinic
Information for carers and family members
The short video clip above features Associate Professor Rocco Crino from Charles Sturt University. Rocco Crino is a practising Clinical Psychologist with a lifetime’s experience in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders.