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How can I help my anxious mother?

Q: My mother has high blood pressure and she cries sometimes profusely, walks around the house, and is totally stressed out. She also gets agitated easily. At times she also has pain in her hand. We are very much worried. Please help.

A:Here are a few suggestions: 1. Get her high blood pressure treated with medications. High blood pressure, if not treated, can lead to serious medical complications. 2. It sounds as if your mother is quite anxious. The doctor should explain that high blood pressure usually does not cause serious complications if it is treated with medication. 3. If reassurance and explanation are not enough to calm your mother down, the same doctor that treats or high blood pressure can give her an anti-anxiety medication. 4. The pain in her hand is probably a separate matter, and should be looked at by a doctor, probably for starters the same doctor who is giving her medication for high blood pressure.

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