Anxiety is a complex condition, so it needs a careful diagnosis from an experienced GP. During your consultation, our doctors will need to fully analyse your situation in order to make a diagnosis.
There are lots of potential symptoms of anxiety, many of which can also be indicators of other conditions. There are also many possible causes of anxiety that our doctors can help you uncover.
They know exactly what to ask and what to look for in order to make sure you get an accurate diagnosis. You’re in good hands!
How do our doctors diagnose anxiety?
The doctor will ask you about the physical and psychological symptoms you’ve been experiencing.
They’ll want to know how often you experience them and how long it’s been since they started. They may also ask if you’ve been having anxiety attacks.
The doctor will look at factors such as:
- How long you’ve been feeling anxious - if it’s been six months or more, this is one of the biggest indicators that you might have anxiety.
- Whether your symptoms have a significant negative impact on your personal, social and/or professional life.
- How much stress your symptoms cause.
- Whether or not you can control your worries when they occur.
To find out what triggers your anxiety, they may ask you about your past or lifestyle. Traumatic past events are sometimes the root cause of an anxiety disorder, while long-term health problems can also contribute. You may also be asked if you have any phobias.
Our doctors appreciate that these subjects may be tough to talk about, so they’ll always approach them sensitively. Your answers are medically relevant, so in order to get the best possible diagnosis, it’s important to be honest about your mental health.
Anything you say will be completely confidential. The only time the doctor will break this confidence is if they believe you pose a risk to your own health, or those around you.
Can you get tested for anxiety?
The questions our doctors will ask you provide the most accurate indicator of whether or not you have anxiety. They’re not designed to catch you out or judge you, and remember that all your answers are confidential. In addition to these questions, our doctors may also want to conduct further tests in order to rule out related conditions.
Many of the symptoms of anxiety, such as tiredness, dizziness, insomnia, trouble concentrating and heart palpitations, can be symptoms of other issues, such as anaemia or an overactive thyroid. Our doctors may refer you for a blood test to rule these out.
What happens next?
Once a diagnosis is made, our doctors can recommend the best possible treatment. This will depend on the specific symptoms and triggers of your anxiety.
They may also recommend follow-up consultations so that they can monitor your progress to make sure that your treatment is working.