Can An Anxiety Chat Room Help Me With My Anxiety?

By Steven Finkelstein|Updated June 21, 2022
CheckedMedically Reviewed By Cessel Boyd-Lewis, LCMHC

Anxiety can be tough to deal with sometimes. In extreme cases, it can be a little short of crippling. Luckily, many options now exist for combating it and hopefully getting it under control. One of those possibilities is the anxiety chat room. This is an option where you can talk to likeminded individuals who are probably going through some of the same things that you are. But can an anxiety chat room help curb your fears or worries?

 

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What Is Anxiety?

Before we delve into that, let's examine what exactly anxiety is. Anxiety is typically defined as a sensation of excessive, intense, persistent worry or fear about everyday situations that you might encounter. There are all kinds of physical symptoms that might go along with it. For instance, your heart rate might speed up. You may sweat or breathe much more rapidly than is considered usual.

It is normal for any person to feel anxious sometimes. There are plenty of things that can happen to you personally or out in the world that can lead to such a reaction. However, for the sake of this article, we are talking more about those individuals who have been diagnosed with clinical anxiety. These people don't just feel anxious when they're about to give a speech in front of their peers or some of the other things that might cause natural feelings of nervousness. Rather, these are individuals who feel anxious most of the time for a variety of reasons or a specific one, and it is negatively impacting their life.

What Is An Anxiety Chat Room?

When it comes to anxiety chat rooms, there are many potential options out there. One of the better ones is healthfulchat.org, and there is also a site called anxietyhub.org which has listings and reviews of many of the ones that exist these days.

Generally speaking, these are places that you can go if you suffer from things like agoraphobia, hypochondria, panic disorders, and the like. You might have been diagnosed with one of these conditions by a doctor or therapist, or you might not have gone to see anyone yet, but you feel sure that you are anxious to an abnormal degree.

These sites cater to people who struggle in their daily lives, and they intend to give you a safe place to discuss your problems with others who are going through the same things. You can network, make friends, and potentially discuss treatment options. They are also supposed to be safe places, free of the toxicity and negativity that might be found in an average chat room.

What Can Anxiety Chat Rooms Do For You?

Those who are likely to benefit from anxiety chat rooms are individuals who might want someone to talk to, but they may be afraid or anxious about leaving the house to seek professional care. They might feel like that's not a step that they are prepared to take yet, in which case a chat room can provide a potential support network.

These chat rooms are useful because you can quickly ask questions about your condition, and you might get some valuable feedback. Keep in mind, however, that those individuals who are using the chat rooms are not likely to be therapists or medical doctors, so you should be hesitant to accept every single thing that someone tells you about your possible condition.

You can certainly interact with others who are going through what you are, and it's nice to have some people with whom you can commiserate. It's always great if you have friends and family who are there for you, but chances are they do not have anxiety as you do. Speaking to people who know the sensations and the feelings that accompany anxiety can make you feel that you have found a community for yourself, and it's hard to overstate the potential value of that.

By developing friendships, you may be able to bolster your self-confidence to the point where you do not feel as anxious. At the very least, maybe you will have the courage to seek professional help from a therapist after you have spent some time in these chat rooms.

Some Potential Drawbacks Of Anxiety Chat Rooms

The most significant problem with chat rooms is that while they are set up with the best of intentions, not every one of them is going to be that well monitored. Because of that, even if they are intended as safe spaces, there are still people who might say hurtful things for no better reason than to try and troll people who are trying to navigate a tough time in their lives. It would be nice if humans could be given the benefit of the doubt and for us to believe that in an atmosphere like an anxiety chat room that everyone would be on their best behavior. However, the perceived anonymity of chat rooms can lead people to say things that they wouldn't if they were face-to-face. It's unfortunate, but that's a reality.

An equally pressing fear is that you don't know if any of the people with whom you are interacting are mental health professionals or not. You might be dealing with someone who is kind and has the best of intentions, but that might not stop them from giving you some bad advice. That is why you should think very carefully about anything that a person in these chat rooms tells you to do. If it seems like poor advice, then don't take it.

Also, if you suffer from social anxiety in particular, then the choice to use a chat room, even in the case that you are anonymous, might not be the wisest one. You are still conversing with others, and those others are people who you don't know. Even if you can't see them, you might not feel completely comfortable in talking with them about aspects of your personal life.

What's The Bottom Line?

The bottom line with anxiety chat rooms is that while they might potentially be helpful to some people, they might be harmful to others. Several mitigating factors are going to come into play, like the particular kind of anxiety that you have, whether you have found a chatroom full of supportive people, and whether you are at the beginning of your recovery process or further along with it.

Before looking into anxiety chat rooms, you need to ask yourself the honest question of whether or not you think you'll feel better by speaking to strangers online about whatever is going on with you. If you feel that you would, then you may proceed, but do so with a great deal of caution. If the answer is no, then you would probably be better off seeking the advice of a therapist in person. A mental health professional is going to be able to give you some definitive information, and you can get a diagnosis that should give you some insight as to what it is you have and what treatment methods are going to be best for you.

A therapist can tell you whether or not there might be a pharmaceutical solution to your problems. There are lots of different anti-anxiety drugs on the market these days, and many of them have yielded good results. You can also talk about some ways that you can modify your behavior so that you are not as likely to feel anxious. Sometimes mental exercises can be what it takes to get you out of a negative thought cycle. Realistically, that's not something that you are likely to learn through any chat room.

Do You And Your Partner Need Help With Your Anxiety?

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It's also critical for you to understand that your anxiety is affecting those around you about whom you care. If you're married or you're in a long-term relationship, for instance, then you can look into online couples counseling. That's going to be better for the two of you than a chat room because it's a situation where both of you are going to be involved and participating. It should make your spouse or partner feel good that they are getting actively involved with trying to get you well again.

Anxiety chat rooms are certainly one of the available options that exist for people these days, but before you look into them, think about both the potential positive and negative aspects that we discussed. While these sorts of chat rooms do have some benefits for certain people, they are by no means cure-alls if you have clinical anxiety.

As long as you have that in mind, you should be fine with them. You might meet some new friends and get some good advice, even if it's from individuals who are not trained, mental health professionals. Just be ready to discount any harmful information that you are given, and also be prepared to disengage if you seem to be encountering an air of toxicity that is not being moderated or discouraged.

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