Mild and Severe Anxiety

by Cathy Parkes November 13, 2020 Updated: December 29, 2021

Patient with mild anxiety, can assist patient with problem-solving/relaxation techniques. Patient with severe anxiety, problem-solving NOT realistic. Provide minimal stimulation, remain with the patient, use simple directions, administer PRN medications.

If a patient has mild anxiety, you can assist the patient with problem-solving and relaxation techniques.

If a patient has severe anxiety, problem-solving is NOT realistic. Provide a quiet environment with minimal stimulation. Remain with the patient, use short/simple directions, administer PRN medications as ordered.

To learn about all four levels of anxiety, check out our article on Psychiatric Mental Health Principles - Stress, General Adaptation Syndrome, and Anxiety. This series follows along with our Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Flashcards, which are intended to help RN and PN nursing students study for nursing school exams, including the ATI, HESI, and NCLEX.



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