Health Tip: Managing an Anxiety Disorder

Suggestions for getting needed help

(HealthDay News) -- If you think you may have an anxiety disorder -- characterized by an intense fear of a person, place or situation -- you should visit your doctor to have your condition evaluated and confirmed.

Once an anxiety disorder has been confirmed, the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health suggests how to manage:

  • Join a support or self-help group.
  • Take anti-anxiety medication that your doctor prescribes. Do not stop the medication before you speak with your doctor.
  • Share your feelings and experiences with a mental health professional or clergy member.
  • Practice meditation or another form of stress management.
  • Get regular aerobic exercise.
  • Avoid caffeine, illegal drugs and over-the-counter cold medications.
  • Seek support of family members and close friends.
Diana Kohnle

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