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Anxiety (cont.)

Anxiety Follow-up

Anxiety should be addressed and treated with your doctor. Establish an ongoing relationship. By encouraging your doctor's familiarity with you and by having follow-up on a regular basis, you may cope with your problems and resolve them more effectively. These steps may also help you deal with medical conditions that might otherwise go undiagnosed and untreated.

Anxiety Prevention

Prevention of anxiety essentially involves an awareness of life's stresses and your own ability to cope with them. This can often be a difficult task in our busy and hectic 21st century.

In essence, you might develop coping mechanisms for all of life's stresses. Strategies might include these:

  • Physical well-being through exercise, healthy eating habits, and adequate rest
  • Avoiding the use of caffeine, illicit drugs, or the inappropriate use of stimulants or other prescription medications
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation exercises including deep breathing
  • Visualization
  • Interpersonal skills in dealing with difficult people and situations or parenting skills training in dealing with your children

Outlook for Anxiety

When the cause of anxiety is identified and treated, complete recovery is often possible. Where no cause can be readily identified, you may feel anxiety for a long time, perhaps your entire life, unless the symptoms are treated. Treatment can result in anxiety being successfully managed if not cured. Excellent medications are available to help many of the symptoms. Counseling with mental-health professionals can be highly effective.

Medically reviewed by Marina Katz, MD; American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

"Generalized anxiety disorder: Epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, course, assessment, and diagnosis"

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/10/2015

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