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Anxiety Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you keeping a symptom diary to track your anxiety? Can we review it?
  • How often have you noticed anxiety symptoms? More days than not?
  • Do you find yourself avoiding situations due to your anxiety?
  • How often do you drink alcohol or use recreational drugs?
  • Are you feeling sad, depressed, disinterested in life, or worthless?
  • Describe your symptoms. Do you experience nervousness, restlessness, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, digestive problems, or sleep problems?
  • When did you first notice your symptoms? Did a loved one bring any symptoms to your attention?
  • Are your symptoms constant or do they come and go?
  • Would you describe your symptoms as panic attacks?
  • Does anything seem to trigger your symptoms?
  • Do you have a family history of anxiety or other mental health problems?
  • What side effects have you noticed with your medication?
  • What is your main concern about your symptoms?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have an anxiety disorder?
  • How do you diagnose anxiety disorders? What are the criteria?
  • Could another condition be causing or contributing to my anxiety?
  • How do you treat anxiety disorders?
  • Do I need to see a psychiatrist, therapist or counselor?
  • How long does it take for anti-anxiety medicines to start working?
  • What are the side effects of anti-anxiety medicines?
  • What is the next step if my current treatment doesn't help me?
  • Who should I or my loved ones contact in an emergency?
  • What programs can help me quit alcohol or drug use?
  • What should I do if I forget to take my medicine?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to anxiety or something else?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my anxiety?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 7
  1. Anxiety Disorders. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
  2. Screening for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

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