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After being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you may be relieved to know why you have felt or behaved a certain way. You may also feel overwhelmed about the treatment ahead and what it will mean for your life. With care and support, you can manage this condition and recover from it.
Managing stress and anxiety
Stress is your body's reaction to life changes and events, both good and bad. Most stress will last just a few hours, but stress can be ongoing and can lead to more than just stress. Although stress can play a major role in anxiety, it is not the same as anxiety. Stress is usually caused by something external, such as a deadline, test, or competition. Stress normally passes after the triggering event has ended.
Anxiety is caused by something internal, such as imagining a terrible outcome or worrying that something will go wrong that will devastate you. Anxiety often does not go away even after the triggering event is over, and it can become long-term (chronic) worry. It is important to understand the differences between stress and anxiety and to manage your stress effectively so that it does not lead to an anxious response.
Medicines are often used as a primary treatment for anxiety disorder. Medicines will be prescribed by a health care provider. When used together, medicines, psychotherapy, and tension reduction techniques may be the most effective treatment.
Relationships can play a big part in helping you recover. Try to spend more time connecting with trusted friends and family members. Consider going to couples counseling, taking family education classes, or going to family therapy. Therapy can help you and others better understand your condition.
It is important to recognize when your condition is getting worse. Contact your health care provider if your symptoms interfere with home or work and you feel like your condition is not improving.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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