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When you're anxious about your health

If a health issue concerns you, your anxiety does not indicate weakness or inability to cope. What matters is that you do not let the anxiety grow to a point where it controls you. The following suggestions may prove helpful: Identify and express your feelings. Anxiety is often accompanied by anger and betrayal, gloom, and a wide assortment of other emotions. It can also create related worries such as the cost of care and medication, the prospect of pain, the possibility of changes in life style and diminished abilities, and the risk of death. Learn about your condition. It is important to acquire information from reliable sources especially on the Internet. Support groups can provide valuable insights into dealing with the practical and emotional sides of your circumstances. Be optimistic. A positive mental outlook is a crucial factor in the treatment of many health problems. At the same time, take medication as directed, have the tests, check-ups and follow-ups and follow dietary regimes and exercise plans your doctor prescribes for you. Stay involved with life. You may not be able to visit friends and relatives in person, but you can get on the phone and be genuinely interested in what is happening in others lives. Make faith work. Now is the time to draw on it, to let it guide you and to be open to the peace it can bring. Take heart. Youve been challenged before. Youve experienced setbacks before. Youve been anxious and faced uncertainty before, but you are still here. What and who saw you through before will see you through again. The Senior Connection is a column provided by the Clinton County Office for the Aging. For more information about services for senior citizens, contact their office at 135 Margaret St., Suite 105, Plattsburgh or call them at 565-4620.

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