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What can I do to help treatment for my anxiety disorder succeed?

Your doctor and others can help you recover. But you're in charge of the process. After all, only you can make decisions about your treatment, follow through on your plan, and know what's working for you. This is self-management -- and experts agree that it's a vital part of successful treatment for anxiety disorders. Here are a few key self-management tips:
  • Develop your treatment plan. Get good information from your doctor and other trusted sources. Keep in mind that mental health treatment isn't "one size fits all." With your doctor, decide on a plan that fits your unique situation.
  • Set goals for healthy living in all areas. Finding balance in your life speeds your recovery. It also paves the way for happier, healthier times ahead. Set goals to make sure your whole life is in balance:
  • Relationships. Don't shut out family and friends! Example goals: Phone a friend every day. Attend scheduled social events. Volunteer.
  • Nutrition, exercise, and sleep. Mind and body go hand in hand. Example goals: Drink 8 glasses of water each day. Eat 5 to 10 fruits and vegetables daily. Walk every day. Get 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Recreation and renewal. Commit to having fun and soothing your spirit. Example goals: Do your hobby. Listen to music. Attend religious or cultural events. Write in a journal. Meditate.
  • Stick to your treatment. Give treatment a chance to work. Take any medication as directed. Keep your appointments. Talk to your doctor if you don't see good results -- you can always adjust your plan.
  • Celebrate your recovery. Reward yourself for meeting your "healthy living" goals. Celebrate the milestones in your recovery. Did you sleep well through the night? Go a few hours without obsessing? Face down one of your fears? Congratulate yourself! Your work is paying off.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.