Anxiety is a vague uneasiness or apprehension that manifests itself in varying degrees from expressions of concern regarding drug regimen to total lack of compliance with the drug regimen. When anxiety is high, the ability to focus on details is reduced. If the patient or caregiver is given information concerning the medication regimen during a high anxiety state, the patient may not remember the information. This could lead to noncompliance. The anxiety experienced during drug administration depends on the severity of the illness, the occurrence of adverse reactions, and the knowledge level of the patient. Anxiety is decreased with understanding of the therapeutic regimen. To decrease anxiety before discussing the treatment regimen with the patient, the nurse takes time to talk with and actively listen to the patient. This helps to build a caring relationship and decrease patient anxiety. It is critical for the nurse to allow time for a thorough explanation and to answer all questions and concerns in language the patient can understand.
It is important to identify and address the specific fear and, if possible, reassure the patient that the drug will alleviate the symptoms or, if possible, cure the disorder. The nurse thoroughly explains any procedure. The nurse actively listens and provides encouragement as the patient expresses fears and concerns. Reassurance and understanding on the part of the nurse are required; the amount of reassurance and understanding depends on the individual patient.
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This guide Don't Panic has tips and additional information on what you should do when you are experiencing an anxiety or panic attack. With so much going on in the world today with taking care of your family, working full time, dealing with office politics and other things, you could experience a serious meltdown. All of these things could at one point cause you to stress out and snap.