When to See a Mental Health Provider

It can take courage to reach out for help if you're experiencing symptoms of anxiety, but seeking help is an important step toward understanding and obtaining relief from those symptoms.

Some degree of anxiety is both healthy and helpful, but symptoms of an anxiety disorder can have a profound effect on someone's quality of life and ability to function. Treatment from a mental health provider can address these symptoms and help the person return to normal daily functioning.

If you're unsure about seeking help from a mental health provider, start with a primary care provider. They can conduct a preliminary exam and determine if any of your symptoms are related to a physical health issue. If they suspect or diagnose anxiety or another mental disorder, they can refer you to a mental health provider they trust for further evaluation and treatment.