Should you see a doctor?

Noticed changes in the way you are thinking, feeling or behaving over the past few weeks or months? Does that concern you and cause you distress? You should consider going to see your doctor.

You should see your doctor for anxiety if you feel that it has taken over your life and is negatively affecting your thoughts, feelings, and actions.

A visit to your doctor about what is happening is important to get anxiety treatment recommendations. Your doctor might talk to you about medication and give you a prescription, and/or might refer you to a reputable therapist or psychologist who specializes in anxiety disorders.

Always see your doctor, or go straight to the emergency department of your local hospital, if you are having suicidal thoughts.

Poor mental wellbeing symptoms may include:

  • loss of appetite
  • feeling low or constantly anxious or worrying
  • thinking negative thoughts about yourself
  • irritability or moodiness
  • finding it harder than usual to concentrate
  • not enjoying your life as much as you once did
  • finding day-to-day life difficult (not feeling up to washing or eating, for example)
  • trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • seeing or hearing things that other people do not see or hear.

If you have a mental health problem, it’s possible that you may not have noticed the signs, as symptoms can build gradually over time. 1 in 6 people will experience mental health problems every week.