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    When Should I Seek Help for Stress?

    You should seek help in dealing with stress when you experience any of the following:

    • Marked decline in work/school performance.
    • Excess anxiety.
    • Alcohol or drug abuse.
    • Inability to cope with demands of daily life.
    • Irrational fears.
    • Obsessive preoccupation with food and fear of becoming obese with no relationship to actual body weight.
    • Significant change in sleeping or eating habits.
    • Persistent physical ailments and complaints.
    • Suicidal thoughts or urge to hurt others.
    • Self-mutilation, self-destructive or dangerous behavior.
    • Sustained, withdrawn mood or antisocial behavior.
    • Decline or marked indifference in interpersonal relationships.

    Where Do I Go to Get Help for Stress?

    Your personal doctor. He or she can determine if stress is due to an anxiety disorder, a medical condition, or both and can refer you to a mental health professional, if necessary.

    If an emergency, call a crisis hotline, or go to the nearest emergency room.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Stuart Bergman, MD on September 09, 2015
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