Coping and support

By Mayo Clinic Staff

To cope with anxiety disorder, here's what you can do:

  • Learn about your disorder. Talk to your doctor or mental health provider. Find out what might be causing your specific condition and what treatments might be best for you.
  • Stick to your treatment plan. Take medications as directed. Keep therapy appointments. Consistency can make a big difference, especially when it comes to taking your medication.
  • Take action. Work with your mental health provider to figure out what's making you anxious and what steps you can take to address it.
  • Involve your family. As with any illness, asking your partner or family members for help is an important part of coping.
  • Join an anxiety support group. Remember that you aren't alone. Support groups offer compassion, understanding and shared experiences. The National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America provide information on finding support.
  • Socialize. Don't let worries isolate you from loved ones or activities. Social interaction and caring relationships can lessen your worries.
  • Break the cycle. When you feel anxious, take a brisk walk or delve into a hobby to refocus your mind away from your worries.
  • Let it go. Try not to dwell on past concerns. Change what you can and let the rest take its course.
Aug. 15, 2014