Structured problem solving is also a useful means to manage the symptoms of anxiety/depression as these symptoms are often the result of an inability (or perceived inability) to deal effectively with problems [1204, 1205]. Some simple steps suggested by Carroll  and Mynors Wallis  can be a useful guide in assisting the client:
- Identify the problem (try to break it down) and define it.
- Step back from the problem and try to view it as an objective challenge.
- Brainstorm possible solutions (realistic and unrealistic).
- Think about each solution in practical terms, and evaluate the pros and cons.
- Decide on the best solution (and a second, ‘back-up’ solution).
- Put the solution into action.
- Evaluate how effective it was and whether it can be improved.
A problem-solving worksheet for clients is included in the Worksheets section of these Guidelines.