Anxiety

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Talk to a Professional

Talking to a mental health professional (not a general practitioner) about your anxiety is an important step to learning how to cope. Many of us deal with anxiety on a regular basis and just blow it off because we don't want to be perceived as "neurotic," but the truth is that more people suffer from anxiety disorders?or at least persistent anxiety?than you may realize. If you're having trouble dealing with it on your own, see a mental health specialist to talk things out. If you're worried that mental health services cost too much money or may not be covered by your insurance, don't worry, you still have options.

Gil also suggested that you not rule out medication for anxiety. Many people can see a serious benefit from anti-anxiety medication, but he suggests only opting for it in conjunction with talk therapy:

If a person suffers from persistent underlying anxiety and they find that they cannot deal with it on their own, seeing a psychiatrist can be helpful because there are medications that can help their minds stabilize their moods. Coupled with talk therapy (often with a properly-trained therapist), medication is very effective at managing anxiety. Eventually, many people are able to overcome the negative core beliefs that trigger their anxiety and may be able to stop taking medication altogether. I often tell people to do the medication AND therapy thing (not just the medication thing) because the therapy could help them develop behavioral interventions to manage and/or prevent anxiety. Relying solely on medication is like taking insulin for diabetes… it’ll manage your symptoms but it won’t make you any better.

Ultimately, that's an individual decision to be made between you and a mental health professional that you trust, but regardless, if you find that you're having difficulty coping with anxiety, see a professional who can help.

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