You may have extra time on your hands due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Everyone is dealing with added anxiety due to the dangers and necessary confinement related to this crisis. You need treatment for your anxiety if it is excessive and has a physiological effect. If your anxiety is impacting your thoughts constantly and you are not able to function normally you need anxiety treatment.
How Do I Know If My Anxiety Is Normal Or If I Need Anxiety Treatment?
Since anxiety is an everyday part of our life, it’s not always easy to know when your anxiety is abnormal and you need anxiety treatment. If you are experiencing these symptoms of anxiety in excessive amounts you need anxiety treatment:
Experiencing a strong sense of impending danger and panic
- Increased heart rate
- Unexplained sweating
- Unexplained trembling
- Feeling weak or tired for an unexplained reason
- Difficulty focusing or thinking about anything other than the one thing that is causing your worry
- Difficulty with sleeping
These Are Anxiety Inducing Times
The inherent stress with the COVID-19 outbreak may trigger an anxiety disorder that you have been managing or it may introduce a new anxiety disorder. Some anxiety disorders include:
- Agoraphobia – This is the fear of different places that cause anxiety for you specifically
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder – is persistent and extraordinary anxiety about different events or activities. Basically, the anxiety is abnormal in proportion to the activity or event. The activity or event may be a normal everyday task or occurrence
- Panic Disorder – This disorder includes panic attacks wherein your anxiety and fear come on suddenly and intensely. You may feel shortness of breath, chest pain and heart palpitations
- Social Anxiety Disorder – this involves social situations wherein you feel extreme anxiety and worry. You try to avoid the situations though they may be necessities of everyday life
- Substance-induced Anxiety Disorder – this anxiety disorder stems from the use or abuse of medications or drugs or the withdrawal from these medications or drugs. You may also have been inadvertently exposed to a toxic substance. The intensity of the anxiety symptoms are all related to the substance
Other specific anxiety disorders – these include multiple items that you may have specific anxiety toward. It ranges from insects to textures, and essentially any item imaginable. This disorder is characterized by the intense feelings of worry and fear that are inherent in all anxiety disorders
Is Reaching Out A Priority?
Reaching out is a priority if you need help. You and your mental health are worth the phone call. You don’t have to wait until your anxiety reaches an emergency level. Seek anxiety treatment before it is critical. Emergency personnel have their hands full of life and death situations. However, if you do not get treatment for your severe anxiety it can become emergent. We are all adjusting to how life is during this outbreak. The adjustment alone is causing undue anxiety. Things are different, however, there are still resources available. Staying healthy is key.
Is Reaching Out Different During The COVID-19 Pandemic?
Every program is going to have a different protocol in place to accommodate intake. Intake continues during the COVID-19 outbreak. The government considers your health to be extremely important this includes your mental health as well as your physical health. As a result, mental health treatment continues to be an essential service and the workforce in that field continues to work through workforce reduction. In order to find out what your treatment center of choice is doing to accommodate intake during the pandemic, give them a call. Right now life is different for all of us. How we do things has been dramatically altered. Reach out to Serenity House Detox & Recovery Houston for the help you need. Call 866.516.8356 to speak to a mental health expert.