U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 19-year-old male asked:

They said i might have anxiety but i do not want to see a psychiatryst or get on medication. i just try to be calm. is anxiety bad if left untreated?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 30 years experience
Family Medicine: How about just starting at your family doctor's office and not at a psychiatrist. Most anxiety can be dealt with naturally with learning new responses to your feelings, practicing breathing, exercising. You do not necessarily have to have pills to treat your problem. Long term treatment of anxiety should include lifestyle and thinking practices. It is good to learn when you are young.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Heather Luing
20 years experience
Not really: What defines if something is a disorder or a condition that requires treatment is if it changes your ability to function. If you can still do your job, go to school, have healthy relationships, then your anxiety may not be at the level to require treatment. Should you decide that the anxiety is having a negative effect on your life then you might want to reconsider getting medical treatment.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated May 4, 2014

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.