Anxiety is a tricky disorder. You feel so anxious that you know you need to do something about it, but the anxiety itself can make you nervous about seeking treatment. Most patients resist treatment for a while, but then they reach a tipping point at which they finally become willing to step up and seek therapy. If you've reached that tipping point and are ready to seek anxiety therapy, follow these tips along the way.
1. Consider telemedicine, at least at first.
More and more therapists have begun offering telehealth services. Basically, this means you can meet with them over video chat instead of in person. Even if you ultimately end up seeing a therapist in person, it's a good idea to have your first few appointments for anxiety treatment via telemedicine. The barriers to entry are lower; you don't have to drive anywhere or take time away from work. Plus, you can have the appointment in the comfort of your own home, where you're less likely to feel anxious.
2. If the therapist does not feel right, find another one.
Maybe you met with a therapist, and they just don't seem to "click." The advice they recommend sounds wise, but you just can't see yourself following it. Or maybe they don't share your religious views, and so you find it hard to connect with them. If for any reason a therapist just does not seem like the right one for you, see another one. The therapist won't take it personally, and you'll make a lot more progress with a therapist you feel comfortable around.
3. Tell someone you're getting therapy.
You do not have to tell the whole world, or even your whole family, that you are seeking treatment for anxiety. However, you should tell at least one friend or family member. This person can hold you accountable. If you start skipping appointments, they can encourage you to attend. They can even drive you to and from appointments if this makes you feel more comfortable with the whole process.
4. Be ready to push yourself.
The thing about anxiety is that it loves to keep you from doing things. To recover and move forward, you'll have to push past that point. It will get easier, but be prepared to really put in the effort in order to follow your therapist's tips and instructions during these first weeks.
With the tips above, you'll have better luck seeking therapy for your anxiety. It's not an easy thing to do, but it is the best thing for your future.