What To Do If I Have Anxiety Symptoms

Written by Jim Folk
Medically reviewed by Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated April 24, 2021

Question:

What To Do If I Have Anxiety Symptoms?

 

Answer:

If you are having anxiety symptoms and don’t know what to do, here are four things you can do right now:

1. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor

We recommend all new, changing, persistent, and returning symptoms be discussed with your doctor as some medical conditions and medications can cause anxiety-like symptoms.

If your doctor concludes your symptoms are solely anxiety-related, you can be confident there isn't a medical cause. Generally, doctors can easily tell the difference between anxiety symptoms and those caused by a medical condition or a side effect of medication.

Doctors aren’t infallible, however. If you are uncertain about your doctor’s diagnosis, you may want to seek a second or more opinions. But if all opinions agree, you can be assured that anxiety is the cause, and therefore, can confidently rule out a medical or medication cause.

2. Learn more about your anxiety symptoms

If your doctor attributes your symptoms to anxiety, check through our anxiety symptoms list to see if your symptoms are listed. If they are, click on their links to learn more about your symptoms, such as common descriptions of those symptoms, why anxiety can cause them, and what you can do to get rid of them.

If one of the symptoms doesn’t have a link, you might want to consider becoming a member of our Recovery Support area. Chapter 9 in the Recovery Support area is our Symptoms section. It contains and explains all anxiety symptoms in detail.

The Recovery Support area was developed to help those who want more information about anxiety, anxiety disorder, and recovery. It contains a wealth of recovery support self-help information.

You can learn more about the Recovery Support area and what it offers here.

3. Learn more about anxiety disorder and how to overcome it

Knowledge is power! It’s particularly powerful when it comes to overcoming anxiety disorder. The more you know, the better off you are.

Many people struggle with anxiety disorder because they don’t understand it or what’s required to overcome it. Gaining this vital information can make a significant difference in your recovery.

You can start your learning by viewing the various public pages on our website. If there is a particular topic you are looking for, you can search for it by using any search engine you choose, and then typing in what you are looking for followed by anxietycentre.com.

For example, if you are looking for the “numbness and tingling” anxiety symptom, you would type “numbness tingling anxietycentre.com” (without the quotations) into the search bar. The search result should pop up every “numbness and tingling” reference on our public pages.

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If you want more in-depth information, you might want to become a member of our Recovery Support area. It contains a wealth of recovery support self-help information.

Many of our Recovery Support members have said it’s the best anxiety disorder recovery resource on the internet.[1]

4. Therapy

Working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is the most effective way to overcome anxiety disorder. Since anxiety disorder is caused by underlying factors, until they are identified and successfully addressed, they generally continue to cause problems with anxiety and its symptoms.

An experienced anxiety disorder therapist can help you identify your specific underlying factors, as well as help you make healthy behavioral change. As each of your underlying factors are addressed, unhealthy anxiety diminishes, and along with it, anxiety symptoms.

We began offering therapy in 2004 because so many anxiety disorder sufferers experienced only limited success using a self-help approach.

Working with an experienced therapist is the “Gold Standard” treatment because of its effectiveness.[2][3] It’s especially effective when the therapist understands and is equipped to successfully address the many underlying factors that cause issues with anxiety.

All of our recommended anxiety disorder therapists have experienced anxiety disorder themselves, have successfully overcome it, are medication-free, and have years of professional training and experience helping anxiety disorder sufferers. All of them are highly trained in identifying and successfully addressing anxiety’s underlying factors. Any one of them would be an excellent choice to help you with your recovery.

They are passionate about helping people overcome anxiety disorder because they know the hardship anxiety disorder can cause, but also know the road to recovery and the freedom that can be attained.[4]

If you are struggling with anxiety disorder, any one of our recommended therapists would be honored to help you along the road to success.

For more information:

The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed – which we call the underlying factors of anxiety – a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.

Additional Resources

Return to our Anxiety Frequent Questions archive.

anxietycentre.com: Information, support, and therapy for anxiety disorder and its symptoms, including what to do if you have anxiety symptoms.

References

1. “Anxiety Recovery Stories And Testimonials.” Anxietycentre.com, Nov. 2019.

2. Hofmann, Stefan G., et al. “The Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Review of Meta-Analyses.” Cognitive Therapy and Research, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1 Oct. 2012.

3. Leichsenring, Falk. “Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy the Gold Standard for Psychotherapy?” JAMA, American Medical Association, 10 Oct. 2017.

4. DISCLAIMER: Because each body is somewhat chemically unique, and because each person will have a unique mix of symptoms and underlying factors, recovery results may vary. Variances can occur for many reasons, including due to the severity of the condition, the ability of the person to apply the recovery concepts, and the commitment to making behavioral change.