If the very thought of leaving your home makes your skin crawl, I have been there too. It’s a crippling feeling and the cycle only seems to get worse with each passing minute. You begin to sink further and it seems that you’ll never get further than your front door. But there is a solution and you don’t have to leave your house to get it. With thanks to Amwell for sponsoring this conversation, I’m sharing one simple solution for how to see a doctor when your anxiety is overwhelming.
How to Deal with Overwhelming Anxiety
If your anxiety has ever prevented you from seeking medical care…. believe it or not, I’ve been there too. I was at a point in my life where my identity had become lost. I was a young mom, I was parenting an autistic child, I stayed at home.
I was also dealing heavily with depression and anxiety.
Prior to staying home, I’d had two panic attacks at work.
It was enough to send me to seek treatment at the ER because I didn’t know where else to go.
However, if it had happened when I was at home? I’m not certain if I would have wanted to leave the house.
Not just because of how I looked or how I felt, but because of the judgemental stares. My mind would start to swim about the possibilities with my daughter. Always jumping to the worst case scenario.
Of course, none of this ever came to fruition.
But the what-ifs that played on repeat in my head were overwhelming.
It was at this point in my life, that a service like Amwell would have been huge. I would have been able to seek the help that I needed at any time. Not just for my mental health, but something like urgent care. Sure, the internet has changed things drastically but when it comes to needing urgent care on demand? It would be so easy for me to just put that off.
Even if going to urgent care is convenient. Sometimes I just don’t like going there.
I don’t like the thought of dealing with people. I don’t like the thought of leaving my home. And then it spirals further.
What if I get even more sick? What if someone comes in with the plague? What if I’m stuck there for hours?
Of course, none of these things have ever happened. Usually, I’m in and out within an hour or two.
But those what-ifs, at times, can be enough to prevent from me seeking the treatment I need. Or, at the very least, to keep making excuses. Like the one time I had mastitis but convinced myself it was just a blocked duct. I waited until I was burning up with a fever before I did something.
Don’t repeat my mistake.
Thankfully, however, that’s no longer an issue with Amwell and their Urgent Care services.
If this is something you’d like to try for yourself, be sure to use this code: MOMHELP9 – it will save you 50% off your first visit. Just be sure to use it before 12/31/2017 as that’s when it expires.