Do I need treatment for my anxiety?

We can all get stressed or anxious sometimes. Worried or afraid of something happening, or obsessed about something happening in a certain way - so you're no exception.

Anxiety can get so bad you can feel that it's not worth going on, or that everyone would be better off without you. If you're feeling this way, you need to get help with your anxiety right now.

The first person to talk to should be your doctor or GP, if you have one. If you're not able to speak to a doctor, look up a mental health helpline in your area - these are usually available 24 hours a day.

Anxiety treatment through therapy and counselling

For mild anxiety self-help techniques can be really helpful. But for more severe anxiety, you'll need some help from the pros - they've got powerful tools like therapy and medication.

A range of professionals do recommend and advise medication as part of their strategy, but this is not a universal approach. In fact, some therapists aim to avoid medication wherever possible and treat anxiety with other techniques.

For many anxiety problems, therapy is a good place to start. Certain types of therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy, are particularly beneficial. These therapies can teach you how to control your anxiety levels, stop worrisome thoughts, and conquer your fears.

Online anxiety therapy - is it an option?

Online therapy is a growing field that has sparked an abundance of interest and controversy. Recent research indicates that more than 14% of American adults with Internet access go online to find mental health information.

Researchers have noted positive outcomes in both audio/video and text-based therapy for a number of specific problems - including anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and panic disorders.

One of the primary clinical concerns is the possible difficulty, or even inability, for therapists to establish a strong therapeutic relationship in the absence of nonverbal cues. However, studies have also noted that highly motivated clients, who enter counseling with the expectation that they will need to assume personal responsibility for doing the work of therapy, are more likely to form a strong relationship with their counsellor and benefit from the therapy.