Dealing with anxiety can be a temporary annoyance at best, or severely impact your daily activities and quality of life at worst. Anxiety can manifest in a number of ways, from constant daily stressors to overwhelming dread and fear that causes you to isolate yourself from others.
It’s important to seek help if you’re experiencing symptoms of anxiety and want to seek treatment. Fortunately, there are plenty of anxiety treatment options as well as resources to help you cope with anxiety. One readily available and valuable resource is an anxiety hotline.
This guide will offer anxiety hotline numbers as well as more information on anxiety and other mental health resources that you can use to seek help, no matter if you’re dealing with a mental health crisis or simply want to learn how to manage your anxiety.
Understanding anxiety and knowing what signs to look for can help determine which anxiety hotline number could be the most beneficial.
Anxiety is a common feeling, with around 40 million adults affected by anxiety disorders according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Anxiety disorders are a group of mental health disorders that affect how you think, feel and behave and can negatively impact work, school, relationships and other aspects of life.
There are different types of anxiety disorders, with generalized anxiety disorder being the most common anxiety disorder, characterized by a persistent feeling of dread or worry for months. Other common anxiety disorders include:
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Common symptoms of OCD are unwanted, recurring thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Behaviors like repeatedly checking, washing, counting or more are done to provide temporary relief from obsessive thoughts.
Social anxiety disorder. Also called social phobia, those with social anxiety get overwhelmed in social situations or constantly feel like they’re being judged. Physical symptoms of social anxiety include a rapid heartbeat, sweating or blushing in public.
Symptoms of anxiety can vary by the specific disorder but there are some common symptoms. You might experience physical symptoms of anxiety like:
Heart palpitations (racing heartbeat)
Shortness of breath
The psychological symptoms of anxiety can include constant worry, obsessive thoughts you can’t control, nightmares, flashbacks to traumatic events or being unable to stay calm.
You can learn more about anxiety disorders and their causes, symptoms and more in our guide.
Whatever anxiety-related symptoms or type of anxiety disorder you’re dealing with, an anxiety text hotline can help.
An anxiety hotline can be a great resource if you’re not sure where to start or if you’re looking for help with your anxiety. These anxiety hotlines can often provide help, support and practical next steps to ensure you know what options are available to you.
Or if talking on the phone causes anxiety or texting is simply easier for you, you can also use an anxiety texting hotline. An anxiety text hotline is what it sounds like — a text hotline for anxiety.
Whether you’re dealing with mild anxiety symptoms or more severe ones, an anxiety hotline can provide you with support and help in managing symptoms from another person. An anxiety texting hotline can be an extremely helpful resource if you don’t have someone to talk to or if you’re experiencing panic attacks or an anxiety attack.
Another great reason to use a text hotline for anxiety is that many are free of charge and supported by national foundations.
Different anxiety hotlines might provide you with someone to talk to while others may provide local resources.
Below are some anxiety hotline numbers and how to access them:
Text HELLO to 741741 for this text-based and easy-to-use phone line that provides 24/7 access to crisis counselors who can help with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and more.
The Mental Health Anxiety hotline can provide you with more information about anxiety as well as provide resources to treat anxiety. They also provide information on how to help someone experiencing an anxiety attack or struggling with an anxiety disorder.
The Crisis Support Services is a 24/7 hotline to provide support when experiencing anxiety or panic attacks. You can also text by sending a message to CARE at 839863 any time, no matter how much time has passed between previous text messages.
This free and confidential line is for anyone having suicidal thoughts or contemplating self-harm as well as those struggling with anxiety or panic disorder. You’ll be connected with a trained professional who will provide emotional support and/or additional resources available 24/7 in English or Spanish.
The NAMI HelpLine answers mental health questions and provides support Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a confidential, free information service, available in English and Spanish, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This line can be helpful for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
The Veteran Crisis Line provides 24/7 support through text message, online chat or by phone for veterans struggling with anxiety or other mental health issues. This free and confidential line will connect you with a trained counselor to offer support and help find solutions for your anxiety.
Living with anxiety can be overwhelming, to say the least. And searching for help with managing your anxiety can also be daunting. There are plenty of ways to get help, no matter what anxiety-related symptoms you may be dealing with.
Anxiety hotline numbers are a free, easy-to-use resource for those looking to either talk or text with someone or to find helpful resources in their area. An anxiety hotline can help you learn more about your anxiety, manage symptoms, find the best treatment options for you and more.
You can also find more helpful anxiety resources in this guide, or get connected to online mental health professionals to discuss your anxiety. Our mental health resources can provide more information as well on other mental health issues or concerns.
Kristin Hall is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with decades of experience in clinical practice and leadership.
She has an extensive background in Family Medicine as both a front-line healthcare provider and clinical leader through her work as a primary care provider, retail health clinician and as Principal Investigator with the NIH.
Certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, she brings her expertise in Family Medicine into your home by helping people improve their health and actively participate in their own healthcare.
Kristin is a St. Louis native and earned her master’s degree in Nursing from St. Louis University, and is also a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. You can find Kristin on LinkedIn for more information.
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