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What should I ask my doctor about anxiety?

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If you were recently diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, consider asking your doctor these questions at your next visit.

1. What are my treatment options for anxiety?

2. Are there any underlying medical problems that could be causing my anxiety symptoms?

3. Will I need to take an anxiety drug? Will I take it every day or as needed? How long will I need to take it?

4. What side effects can I expect from medications? Is there a way to minimize or prevent side effects?

5. What should I do if I miss a dose of medication?

6. Should I begin therapy sessions? Which type and for how long?

7. How long before I can expect to feel better?

8. Once treated, how likely is it that my anxiety symptoms will return?

9. What lifestyle changes can I make to help me feel better?

10. How will alcohol or other drugs interact with my medication or affect my anxiety?

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Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 12, 2018

SOURCE:

Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 12, 2018

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