Health Tip: Managing an Anxiety Disorder10/07/11
(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
- Seek support of family members and close friends.
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