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You and Your Health

HEALTH TIPS:  Managing Anxiety Disorder

If you think you may have an anxiety disorder—characterized by an intense fear of a person, place or situation—you should visit your doctor to have your condition evaluated and confirmed.

Once an anxiety disorder has been confirmed, the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health suggests how to manage:

■Join a support or self-help group.
■Take anti-anxiety medication that your doctor prescribes. Do not stop the medication before you speak with your doctor.
■Share your feelings and experiences with a mental health professional or clergy member.
■Practice meditation or another form of stress management.
■Get regular aerobic exercise.
■Avoid caffeine, illegal drugs and over-the-counter cold medications.
■Seek support of family members and close friends.