When to See a Professional 2

Generalized Anxiety, OCD, and Phobias

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Generalized Anxiety, OCD, and Phobias

In same cases, seeking out a professional mental health specialist may be necessary. This is nothing negative. In fact, the right specialist can help you achieve a much calmer state of mind and feel a lot happier. 

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Sometimes, worry, stress and anxiety go beyond our everyday ability to cope. If the techniques covered in this course don't help, if your symptoms are becoming worse or your doctor recommends it, you may need to seek more comprehensive treatment and consider medication or therapy.

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When Is Professional Help Most Useful?

Not sure if you should seek professional help? The following are some red flags:

  • You have a phobia or fear or something specific that is interfering with your everyday life.
  • Your work and home life are beginning to suffer because of your anxiety.
  • You find yourself having intrusive thoughts or obsessively checking, washing your hands or doing little rituals that you can't seem to stop engaging in.
  • You feel incredibly depressed; your anxiety makes you want to harm yourself or others.
  • Your anxiety is causing you to neglect your hygiene, health, or safety.
  • You're dealing with your anxiety and worry by abusing substances like alcohol.

Where to Look for Help?

If you're concerned, chat to your GP, a trusted friend or book an appointment with a mental health professional. You could also enquire about help lines or support groups in your area.

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