Everyone experiences anxiety on occasion. A certain level is normal. However, it becomes a problem when fleeting feelings of worry, nervousness or dread become pervasive and unmanageable. An elevated and near-constant level of anxiety negatively affects relationships, job performance and personal interests and growth. Anxiety is a serious disorder, and is often overlooked and under-diagnosed by the medical profession. If you suffer from anxiety, you know how debilitating it can be.
The stress that comes with anxiety can also take a toll on physical health – often leading to increased muscle tension, headaches, digestive disorders and hormonal imbalances. Many physicians (and patients) don’t realize the connection between anxiety and physical health and as a result, don’t achieve relief from physical health complaints (and typically won’t until the underlying anxiety is addressed).
If you are not sure if you have anxiety, it is important to be aware that it is a broad term that refers to a number of disorders: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a number of phobias (such as a fear of leaving home and going out in the world (agoraphobia) and social phobia (fear of public situations or performing socially)).
If you suspect that worry or nervousness may be related to your health issues, or you have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, it is important to seek help.
Conventional medical treatment for anxiety can quickly stabilize symptoms, but overlooks simple dietary and lifestyle changes that can help to limit anxiety. And conventional treatment seldom deals with the underlying causes of this condition, or factors that may worsen symptoms, such as:
- digestive system disorders
- heart (cardiovascular) conditions
- respiratory (pulmonary) conditions
- immune disorders
- neurological disorders
- adrenal dysfunction (from chronic stress)
- other hormonal imbalances
- inflammatory disorders
- nutrient deficiencies (such as vitamin B12, other B vitamins and minerals)
- sleep disorders.
If you are looking for effective and sustained relief from troubling worry, nervousness and anxiety, as well as improved overall health, I encourage you to try a holistic or natural approach. Schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more.