If you think you or a loved one is suffering from an anxiety disorder it is important to seek professional help. There are many options out there, and with a little bit of research you should be able to find the right fit.
Often the first step people take on their road to recovering from an anxiety disorder is getting a diagnosis. Having a diagnosis is helpful because it can lead you to the most effective type of treatment for your particular type of disorder. Having a diagnosis can also be helpful when dealing with insurance, or when developing a school IEP (individual education plan) for a student.
There are many different diagnostic methods out there, but most involve answering a set of standardized questions and your answers are then evaluated by a trained professional. The mental health professional may have you complete these questions in their office, or at home and bring them in to their office after you have completed them. Depending on your situation, your counselor may suggest you see a medical doctor to rule out any additional physical illnesses that could be causing your symptoms.