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How To Cope With Waiting For An Appointment Or Test Results

Take advantage of your support systems.

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Engage in activities with friends and family or even co-workers. It doesn't matter whether it's a simple phone call or a day doing an activity together.

Share your concerns with friends and/or family. Let them know you may be jumpy or nervous. You may have a short temper.

If anxiety becomes difficult to live with, consider contacting a mental health worker such as a psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker, your clergy person or other spiritual advisor.

If you aren't in a support group, consider joining one, even if it is just for the short term. Coping with waiting is one of the many subjects appropriate for discussion in a support group. You don't have to stay with the group long term. There are all types of support groups that meet at all sorts of times. You no longer have to be face-to-face. You can join a group online or on the telephone. (To learn about support groups, click here.)

In addition to expressing your concerns, when you're with friends or family, stay connected to their lives. Be sure to ask what is happening in the life of the people you care about - and listen to the response. If their concerns seem minor compared to yours, that doesn't mean they are any less important to them.

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