Why a little patience goes a long way

The good news is – the sooner you ask for help, and the sooner you start on appropriate therapy, the sooner peace of mind could be yours. The ultimate goal of therapy is to get rid of symptoms completely (i.e. full remission), and keep them from coming back. So set your standards high.

At the same, having a little patience is very important when you’re on the path to peace of mind. Why? First, all treatments take time to work, so it may take a few weeks to a month for you to notice a change. Second, while any medication carries a risk of side effects, some of these may tend to pass with time. And finally, having patience can help you make the most of your therapy. By staying with your treatment for as long as your doctor recommends (and not stopping without checking first), you can help prevent your symptoms from returning.

In addition to therapy, there are many little things that can make a big difference. Paying attention to your diet, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and increasing your sources of support can help.