So you know you need help, but now what? Where do you turn? Who can you talk to? There are so many resources for finding the help you need when the anxiety gets too bad to deal with on your own. You could look for a therapist, find self-help books and groups online or in person, or find a mental health clinic for medications.
Whatever you choose, you will want to make sure it’s right for you. If you don’t believe in medication, then don’t look for someone to prescribe something for you.
Some good websites that offer help resources nationwide are:
For British Columbia
I have personally used National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) website. There is a lot of good information on this site. The others I have only browsed to try to ensure quality information. If in doubt, usually .gov or .org websites are the ones you would want to go with as these are generally government agencies or organizations.
How do you know if you need help?
This can be a tough question. Only you will know if you need help. There are no hard and fast rules on this. If you feel you are doing well, you probably are. On the other hand, if you feel like you are spinning out of control, maybe it’s time to look for someone or something that will help. I wish I could tell you that there is one thing or one feeling that will let you know, but this is not the case. It all depends on you.
Of course there are so many websites that claim to offer help it can be hard to determine the good from the not-so-good. Check it out before trying anything to make sure it seems legit. Self-help groups are all over the place and this can be a great resource. Sometimes just talking to someone who understands will help tremendously.
Self-help books are kind of iffy sometimes. I truly believe the people who write these books want to help, but sometimes the information is just not very good. If you start looking for self-help books, try to scan a few pages to see if the person seems to know what he or she is talking about.
I hope this helps.
Have a great day!