From speaking in public to taking an exam, there are countless experiences in life that can trigger sudden spikes in heart rate, rushed breathing and intense feelings of panic. As uncomfortable as these symptoms are though, anxiety actually serves an important function.
Without anxiety, we wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a safe and hazardous situation.

But what if anxiety makes every experience feel dangerous? Knowing how to tell when normal anxiety has become something much more difficult to handle can help you determine if you need to seek professional help.

How to Tell You Need Help for Anxiety

When you struggle with an anxiety disorder, even the thought of meeting someone new or going to a new place can feel crippling. While others around you are relaxed and enjoying themselves, you feel as if you’re drowning inside as you try to control your heart rate and keep yourself from panicking.

If you have experienced any or all of these signs, it’s time to seek help from a mental health treatment center like Fountain Hills Recovery:

  1. Constant Physical Symptoms. It’s one thing to experience panic, sweating, an increased heart rate and other anxiety symptoms temporarily. It’s another thing entirely when those symptoms occur all the time. If you struggle with symptoms like these on a regular basis, you’re likely to be struggling with an anxiety disorder.
  2. Worrying Distracts You. Are you able to turn off your worries and concerns? Those who struggle with an anxiety disorder worry so much that they struggle to sleep, concentrate and physically relax. Anxiety disorders can even lead to worries and rumination over experiences and mistakes that occurred in the past.
  3. Worst-Case Scenarios are Your Reality. Anxiety disorders can make you overreact to situations and expect the worst. For example, you may spiral into a panic over a minor flu and body aches, believing your symptoms are a sign of meningitis or another more serious condition. Or you may receive a single poor review at work and immediately assume you’re going to be fired. Anxiety turns minor incidents into emergencies.
  4. You Avoid Social Activities. Did you used to enjoy participating in game nights with friends or sports competitions? Extreme anxiety can cause you to isolate yourself from these types of events or engagements in order to feel safe and avoid uncomfortable symptoms.
  5. You’re Completely Risk-Averse. Even if you weren’t a major risk taker before, your anxiety has made you completely averse to risk taking. This could even include healthy and logical risks like purchasing a home within your financial means, accepting a better job or dating a new partner you’re attracted to. Anxiety disorders can prevent you from making healthy decisions and actions that can help move you forward in life.
  6. Your Safety Behaviors Have Significantly Increased. Have you stopped driving on the highway because the experience is too stressful for you? Or maybe you avoid eye contact in public and try to limit your interactions to only people you’re most comfortable with. Monitoring your habits this closely because you don’t feel safe may mean you’re struggling with an anxiety disorder.
  7. You Can’t Get Yourself to Leave Your House. Your home should be your comfort zone, but not to the point where you refuse to leave. Anxiety disorders can cause you to lock yourself away in your own home because you’re too worried about your safety and want to avoid panic attacks and other symptoms.

Overcome Your Anxiety at Fountain Hills Recovery

Anxiety can leave you feeling like the walls are closing in around you, but it doesn’t have to be like that forever. As Arizona’s premier mental health treatment center, Fountain Hills Recovery offers treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and panic disorder.

When you come to our treatment center in Fountain Hills, Arizona, we’ll work with you to create a personalized recovery plan based on your needs. This plan will include evidence-based practices like cognitive behavioral therapy and rational emotive behavior therapy.

Ultimately, our goal is to help you work through your anxiety and develop healthy habits and lifestyles you can take with you beyond treatment to ensure anxiety no longer controls you. Contact our expert staff today to learn more about our anxiety treatment program and find out how to get started.