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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 can last a few hours but usually goes away after the triggering event ends. If the effects last a long time, or if you are worrying a lot about things you cannot control, it is likely that your stress has led to anxiety. Although stress can play a major role in anxiety, it is not the same as anxiety. Anxiety is more complicated to manage and often requires special forms of treatment. Stress does play a part in causing anxiety, and thus it is important to learn how to manage your stress more effectively.
Choose a tension reduction technique that suits your lifestyle and personality. Techniques to reduce anxiety and tension take time and practice. Set aside 5–15 minutes a day to do them. Therapists can offer counseling for anxiety and training in these techniques.
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 talking with a trusted friend or family member about your thoughts and feelings. Identify two or three people who you think might help.
It is important to recognize when your condition is getting worse. Contact your health care provider if your symptoms interfere with home, school, or work, and you feel like your condition is not improving.
If methods for calming yourself are not working, or if your anxiety gets worse, you should get help from a health care provider. Talking with your health care provider or a mental health counselor is not a sign of weakness. Certain types of counseling can be very helpful in treating anxiety.
Talk with your health care provider or counselor about what treatment options are right for you.
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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