As a certified clinical traumatologist, former police officer, and a military spouse with a doctorate in Marriage and Family therapy, I have worked with several individuals from...
I have added a link that provides a few tips. If you have already tried them, I would suggest a therapist for the time being to reduce the intensity.
1. Your level of motivation,
2. What is causing anxiety (past trauma history and/or current life stressors),
3. The treatment modality that is being used to treat the anxiety:
b. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Interpersonal Therapy,
4. Your comfort with therapy,
5. Your support system.
These are just a few things that you need to consider. So there really is no way to say definitively how long it takes. I hope this helps.
A few things you could do include but are limited too:
1. Talk to a friend.
2. Deep breathing.
3. Get the anxious energy out by moving or exercising.
4. Examine your emotions.
5. Review your coping skills, if you do not have any, create some.
These are just a few things that you need.
* Actively participate in her treatment.
* Monitor her mood, sleep, stressors, cognitive function, and her overall
quality of life. This will help her identify if her medications are working, and
understand what triggers her episodes.
* Establish a daily routine that includes good sleep hygiene as sleep
deprivation triggers manic episodes.
* And most importantly, have a safety plan with warning signs, coping
strategies, and support resources.