Support from family and friends is important to the recovery process, but it is not the cure. Getting better takes hard work, mostly from the person with the disorder, and patience from everyone involved.
Like other illnesses, anxiety, depression, and related disorders can take a toll on family and friends. Learning about the disorders will help you know what to expect from the illness and the recovery process. You should also learn when to exercise patience and when to exert a little pressure.
With appropriate treatment from a mental health professional, a person can overcome an anxiety disorder and depression, which leads to a better quality of life for everyone.
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