Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. Difficult situations can cause you to have symptoms such as sweaty palms and a nervous feeling.
In an anxiety disorder, the symptoms are far more severe. Constant worry, muscle tension, trouble sleeping, nausea and diarrhea, and other symptoms can make normal daily activities difficult or impossible. These symptoms may occur for no reason, and they can affect your work, school, or social life. Medicines, counselling, and self-care can all help.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Do relaxation exercises 10 to 20 minutes a day. You can play soothing, relaxing music while you do them, if you wish.
As you continue to breathe slowly and deeply, relax by doing the following for another 5 to 10 minutes:
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
November 10, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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