General principles of psychological treatment and of medication treatment are discussed in Chapters 22 and 23 respectively. I will now discuss how these are applied in the specific case of anxiety disorders.

Simple explanation and advice are helpful to most patients, and may themselves be sufficient in milder transient episodes. Explanation, particularly regarding the causes of physical symptoms, is important. Simple lifestyle advice regarding exercise and diet, and avoidance of excess alcohol, caffeine, and smoking may be relevant.

Self-help through reading, sometimes dignified with the term 'bibliotherapy', can be useful as well, and Helen Kennerley's Overcoming Anxiety (2006) is widely recommended.

Do Not Panic

Do Not Panic

This guide Don't Panic has tips and additional information on what you should do when you are experiencing an anxiety or panic attack. With so much going on in the world today with taking care of your family, working full time, dealing with office politics and other things, you could experience a serious meltdown. All of these things could at one point cause you to stress out and snap.

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