What Is Expected of You as a Patient?

Because you may have been a worrier all your life, you may be pessimistic about the chances that anything will help you. It is true that you won’t get better overnight, so you will have to work on your worries and anxiety on a regular basis. Your therapist will want you to come to sessions on a weekly basis, to keep track of your worries, to practice relaxation or breathing exercises at home, and to work on managing your schedule so that you are not overburdened. In addition, your therapist will help you identify your worries and help you view things in a more realistic perspective. To do this, you will be asked to write down the things that you are worried about, and to use self-help homework techniques to challenge your negative thinking. You may also be asked to work on solving problems more effectively and on learning how to interact with people more productively.