One of the most difficult and confusing things about dealing with mental health issues is not knowing how to start getting help. Regardless of whether you, your friend, a work colleague, a classmate or a family member has noticed that something is not right – when it is time to ask for help you want to make sure you are going to the right people.
In this video Clinical Psychologists Rocco Crino and David Rouen, as well as Educator Julie Leitch and Support Group Facilitator Bani Aadam share their advice for those who are concerned they may have an anxiety disorder.
Your first point of call should be your GP – this will give you a chance to talk to someone about your concerns and they can then suggest plan of action which will usually involve a referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist. However it is important to know that not all GP’s a confident in identifying mental health issues and if you feel that there is something wrong and your GP is not recognising it then it may be worth seeking out a doctor who specialises in mental health.
WayAhead runs a variety of support groups across NSW, which are safe spaces for those living with anxiety disorders to talk and discuss issues with others who understand what they are going through. Find out more about Support Groups
WayAhead also has a free Mental Health Information Line. If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be dealing with an anxiety disorder you can call 1300 794 991
To find a mental health care professional near you go to WayAhead’s Mental Health Directory:
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC6CDZjsTD8