There's no way to predict for certain what will cause someone to develop an anxiety disorder, but you can take steps to reduce the impact of symptoms if you're anxious:

  • Get help early. Anxiety, like many other mental health conditions, can be harder to treat if you wait.
  • Keep a journal. Keeping track of your personal life can help you and your mental health provider identify what's causing you stress and what seems to help you feel better.
  • Stay active. Continue to participate in activities that you enjoy and that make you feel good about yourself. Avoiding activities because you're nervous can make anxiety worse.
  • Learn time management techniques. You can reduce anxiety by learning how to carefully manage your time and energy.
  • Avoid unhealthy alcohol or drug use. Alcohol and drug use can cause or worsen anxiety. If you're addicted to any of these substances, quitting can make you anxious. If you can't quit on your own, see your doctor or find a support group to help you.
Apr. 09, 2014