Know the signs to seek help for anxiety

IF you cannot function normally in your daily life, this is a sign that you may need to seek help.

This can include very high anxiety levels which impact a person’s everyday life and mood.

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“If a person notices that after a month or so there is no change in the way they are feeling, they may consider talking to a mental health professional,” says Malaysian Mental Health Association president and consultant psychiatrist, Professor Datuk Dr Andrew Mohanraj. .

In agreement, the president of the Malaysian Psychological Association, Professor Assoc, Dr Wan Shahrazad Wan Sulaiman, said the signs arise when a person’s anxiety interferes with their daily life.

“For example, you have trouble going to work or being in public spaces when the risk is very low and you have difficulty eating or sleeping well,” she illustrates.

Another example is when a person cannot think of anything other than being infected with Covid-19, or when they isolate themselves from others when it is not necessary.

Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness or anger in the face of the situation are also signs to be wary of.

“Some may also experience physical symptoms like frequent headaches or stomach aches,” she says.

Consulting psychiatrist Dr. Ting Joe Hang says anxiety symptoms can be normal.

He says anyone can feel anxious, worried, anxious, have difficulty sleeping, etc. at some point in our lives, especially during the pandemic.

“So before you get to having to see a professional, do the following to cope; exercise, pay attention, learn to draw boundaries between work and life, get enough sleep, remember to take breaks, and explore new things to stay motivated.

“Use the tips that are helpful to you. Most importantly, don’t forget to love yourself, ”he says.

As for drawing the line between normal and abnormal anxiety, Dr Ting says gravity should reach a point where it has affected his social, professional or interpersonal functioning.

“Put simply, it means that the person has reached a near breaking point where a person feels nervous, irritable, unable to concentrate and concentrate at work or having the urge to mingle or socialize with people. “, he explains.

The severity can range from simple avoidance and irritability when meeting people, or simply getting easily upset at work due to distraction and decreased focus and concentration at work.

“It can also be a total breakdown, like the inability to do a job or complete social avoidance. “Anytime a mental health professional notices a dysfunction in a person’s daily life and the symptoms are widespread enough to cause constant distress in that person’s life, then it is important to initiate treatment. He adds.

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