Recovery can take time and is different for everyone. As well as getting treatment underway, you'll need to find new ways to manage and live with the changes and challenges of anxiety and/or depression.
While psychological and/or medical treatment can help with your recovery, there are many other ways you can help yourself to get better and stay well.
Stages of recovery
Recovery is an individual process with stages that everyone moves through at different rates. However, there are some common emotions that many people may experience.
- Shock at having to deal with something difficult and scary that you have no prior experience of.
- Denial or difficulty in accepting having a health problem, particularly one that many people find hard to understand.
- Despair and anger at having to deal with the condition and its related difficulties.
- Acceptance of having a condition and the changes it brings, and accepting how others see you and how you see yourself.
- Coping by finding new ways to live with and tackle these changes and challenges.
There is no one proven way that people recover from anxiety or depression, and it’s different for everybody. However, there are a range of effective treatments and health professionals who can help you on the road to recovery. There are also many things you can do to help yourself to recover and stay well. The important thing is finding the right treatment and the right health professional that works for you.
Different types of anxiety or depression require different types of treatment. This may include physical exercise or peer coaching for preventing and treating mild anxiety and depression, through to psychological and medical treatment for more severe episodes.