Understanding Anxiety Disorders
It’s common to encounter situations in life that make us nervous, stressed, or uncomfortable. It’s also normal to feel a certain amount of anxiety when facing those situations. Sometimes, anxiety can even be helpful, like when we need to stay motivated to meet a deadline.
But some people have social anxiety that is so challenging and persistent that it interferes with everyday life. In this case, anxiety may be best understood and addressed as a clinical disorder. If your anxiety is so intense that it’s affecting your relationships or keeping you from trying new things, it will be important to learn how to manage it when it arises. It can help to seek professional help to figure out what causes anxiety and find successful coping strategies.
If you or someone you know is struggling with social anxiety, text “START” to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
How to Get Help—Even When Seeking Help Makes You Anxious
These self-help tools and strategies can help you deal with anxiety in social situations, or help you support a friend who is experiencing social anxiety. But sometimes, managing anxiety on your own may not be enough. You may need the support of a mental health professional—and that’s okay.
You may even feel some anxiety around reaching out to a therapist or counselor. If you feel hesitant about seeking help, know that there are many types of treatment available. To talk to someone about your options for managing social anxiety, text “START” to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) anytime to start a free and confidential conversation.