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When Does Anxiety Warrant Professional Help?

If you live with anxiety, you’re far from alone. More than 18% of adults in the US have an anxiety disorder, making them the most common mental health condition in the country. Sadly, only 37% of people with anxiety seek treatment for its life-altering symptoms. Understanding when it’s time to seek support and taking the needed steps to do so can make all the difference.

If you struggle with anxiety, our compassionate, expert providers at Wellness Nashville in Franklin, TN want you to know that help is within reach. Read on to learn more about this common condition, including some signs that it’s time to seek professional support.

Types of anxiety

Everyone experiences some amount of anxiety on occasion when dealing with stress. When you have an anxiety disorder, however, the symptoms go beyond occasional nervousness or tension and really detract from your daily life. 

Numerous disorders fall into the anxiety category. Here are a few of the most common: 

Generalized anxiety disorder, the most common form, puts your body in a frequent or perpetual state of fight-or-flight mode. Your sympathetic nervous system perceives dangerous threats, even when you’re at least relatively safe, and kick-starts a range of symptoms that affect your mind and body.

These symptoms, which can affect people with all types of anxiety, may include:

You might experience just some of these anxiety symptoms or quite a few and still be a strong candidate for treatment. The difference between normal amounts of anxiety and an anxiety disorder boils down to the degree and frequency of your symptoms. 

When to seek help

If you’ve spent time wondering whether or not to seek treatment for your anxiety, it’s probably a good time to do so. Don’t let the assumption that your symptoms aren’t “severe enough” warrant bypassing potentially helpful care. 

Common signs you could really benefit from support include symptoms that:

In severe cases, anxiety can become life-threatening. If you’re thinking about harming yourself or ending your life, please seek immediate medical attention, keeping in mind that you’re not alone and help is available. 

Anxiety treatment

Effective treatment options for anxiety include talk therapy, EMDR, somatic therapy, and medication. At Wellness Nashville, we provide another option, known as BR+™ therapy “Brain Restoration Plus.” Our certified providers use this treatment to replenish your levels of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, an essential compound that contributes to healthy brain function. 

If you’re feeling gripped by the effects of anxiety, call Wellness Nashville or request an appointment on our website.

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