The Importance of Routine


Creating a schedule and keeping it can be a huge help to patients with anxiety or depression.

Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH, discusses how schedules can be vital for patients who struggle with day-to-day tasks. Her top tip is to keep to their set schedule, even when they do not feel like it.

Dr Noonan is a physician consultant and Certified Peer Specialist in the Department of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is the author of four books and a blog on managing depression, most recently Helping Others With Depression: Words to Say, Things to Do (December 2020). Dr Noonan offers peer counseling to fellow patients, including physicians and other professionals, and can be confidentially reached through her website at

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