Figuring out if someone suffers from everyday anxiety or a full blown anxiety disorder is largely based on the individual’s behavior and thought patterns. Typically, everyday anxiety will involve things such as paying bills, getting the car repaired, finding a job, a divorce, caring for children, and other common sources of anxiety. However, anxiety disorder often results in anxiety and worry that cannot be pinned to one certain cause, but is still severe enough to impact normal day to day life and activities. Working parents, both moms and dads, can suffer from both types of anxiety and it is important to distinguish between the two and to get the help that is needed.
The level and extent of the fear that is associated with anxiety, is also a factor that can help distinguish between every day anxiety that has gotten out of hand and a severe disorder. Some fears are realistic and some fears are irrational. Normal anxiety may cause someone to feel awkward, embarrassed, stressed, or fearful in certain situations, but they still got through with it. Anxiety disorders often cause someone to avoid any and all situations that cause them any fear, stress, or anxiety. Someone who avoids looking at the bills and balancing the check books because they are afraid of their financial status and how they will make ends meet likely suffers from some form of anxiety disorder – normal anxiety would cause someone to feel some stress and fear, but they would still balance the checkbook and try to make the best plan for the bills that they could.
It is important to be aware of the differences between everyday anxiety and anxiety disorders to ensure proper diagnosis and effective treatment. One of the newest ways people can get counseling help for the stress and anxiety they face is through online counseling sessions. Online counseling isn’t for everyone, but it can be very helpful and useful. It can be a great way for working, stressed out parents to get the help they need and regain control of their lives.
Working moms and dads can benefit by getting help that fits into their schedule, that they can enjoy from their own home, on their own time. They can also take advantage of getting the help, when they need it, and reclaim their lives without having to deal with any additional anxiety from having to publicly share what is going on, thanks to the unique level of anonymity that comes from using online counseling.