Can anxiety disorders be prevented?

Anxiety disorders cannot be prevented; however, there are some things you can do to control or decrease symptoms:

  • Stop or reduce your consumption of products that contain caffeine, such as coffee, tea, cola and chocolate.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking any over-the-counter medicines or herbal remedies. Many contain chemicals that can increase anxiety symptoms.
  • Exercise daily and eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Seek counseling and support after a traumatic or disturbing experience.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 12/15/2017.


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  • American Psychiatric Association: DSM. Accessed 3/23/2018.
  • National Institute of Mental Health. Anxiety Disorders. Accessed 3/23/2018.
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Facts & statistics. Accessed 3/23/2018.

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