Steps To Take To Get Over Anxiety Disorders

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If you suspect that either you, or someone you know, suffers from one of the four or five (or eight, depending on how you count) major anxiety disorders recognised by the mental health profession, your first course of action is to see a general practitioner, i.e. your doctor.

By this point, you have probably researched for yourself the symptoms of the various anxiety disorders that are out there. However, keep in mind that there are many physiological conditions that can cause the same outward symptoms as many anxiety disorders. For example, you may have a heart condition that is causing the rapid heartbeats that bring about your panic attacks. There may be a physical source behind those headaches that worsen your all-pervasive sense of anxiety.

A physician should be able to tell you if there is anything wrong with you physically. This, by itself, can alleviate many anxieties. Plus, a physician should be able to refer you to a good therapist (preferably, one who is skilled in cognitive-behavioural therapy) to help with your case.

Then, after you meet your a psychiatrist or psychologist, make sure that the mental health professional you intent to seek treatment from is someone you can speak to honestly about your condition. By definition, being treated for an anxiety disorder can force the patient to delve into uncomfortable parts of himself. Make sure you are not afraid to share with your psychologist or psychiatrist whatever sensitive issues may or may not arise.

During the course of your treatment, it is often a good idea to become part of a self-help or support group for people who suffer from the same anxiety disorder as you do. This can speed up the process of overcoming your anxiety disorder. Anxiety sufferers benefit immensely from open and honest discussion. Little is more fearful than the unknown and the inarticulable; concomitantly, fear decreases immensely when it is talked about.

Make sure to take any medications your therapist prescribes according to your therapist’s instructions. Dosage and regular ingestion are both very important with the mood-altering drugs typically used to treat anxiety. Keep in mind that many anti-anxiety medications can be habit-forming. Make sure, in particular, never to take a higher dosage than you are prescribed. If you feel the need to stop taking an anti-anxiety medication, it is usually a bad idea to do so suddenly.

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