Anxiety is a sense of fear and, in some cases, a feeling
of impending doom. The term anxiety disorder refers
to a category of disturbances that includes generalized
anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, and
obsessive-compulsive disorders. A panic attack is an
acute anxiety episode that may be accompanied by sweating,
shortness of breath, hot or cold flashes, heart palpitations,
and other forms of discomfort. Anxiety disorders occur
in people of all ages, but appear to be more common
among women. The exact cause is complex, involving constitutional
factors, emotional stress, biochemical imbalances, and
The occurrence of an anxiety or panic attack is often
unpredictable, but it may be associated with certain
situations such as driving a car. Anxiety is an emotion
that may feature excessive worry, sleep disturbances,
shakiness, ritualistic behavior, fear of being alone
or in public places, impatience, easy distraction, and
great apprehension concerning the welfare of loved ones.
Associated physical symptoms include racing pulse, heart
palpitations, shortness or rapidity of breath, sweating,
dry mouth, numbness and tingling of the hands and feet
or cold/clammy hands, lightheadedness or dizziness,
fatigue, trembling, indigestion, and diarrhea.
What To Consider
In women, hormone imbalances can cause anxiety. Therefore,
hormone assessment is essential. Amino and fatty acid
imbalances can also play an important role in triggering
Assess your diet to reduce excessive consumption of stressor foods such as refined sugars, honey, maple syrup, or cow's milk products. Consume vegetable soups, broths, and a wide variety of green and yellow vegetables. Add more complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, beans, seeds, and nuts.
The following supplements have all been shown to help
reduce feelings of anxiety by calming the nervous system:
calcium, magnesium, vitamin B complex, 5-HTP, pantothenic
acid, and adrenal and kidney glandulars. GABA (gamma-aminobutyric
acid), an amino acid, can also affect mood by increasing
levels of the brain neurotransmitter serotonin (a mood
Flower essences can prove very helpful in managing
and helping to eliminate anxiety. Use Aspen for apprehension,
foreboding, and fear of unknown origin while mimulus
is for fear of known things, shyness, and timidity.
Red chestnut is used for excessive anxiety and over
caring for others. Rescue Remedy (combination formula) is for general stress
from anxiety, and Rock Rose is helpful for coping with
terror and panic from known fear.
Panax ginseng has a tonic effect on the adrenal
glands, improving blood flow to the brain and reducing
the stress associated with mental/emotional issues.
Valerian root, an herbal tranquilizer and muscle relaxant,
is another good agent for calming the nervous system.
It helps balance mood swings and is not habit forming.
Valerian-hops combination formulas are good daytime
sedatives because they don't interfere with reflex actions.
Passionflower is another mild sedative that helps reduce
anxiety, high blood pressure, nervous tension, and muscle
tension, and encourages deep, restful sleep.
wort, a highly popular remedy for depression, has proven
effective for anxiety and mood swings as well.
Aconite, Actaea rac., Drosera, Calc carb., and Sulfur are all useful homeopathic remedies for
dealing with anxiety.
Self-hypnosis helps to impart to the mind imagery designed to bring about deep levels of relaxation.
Develops the mind's ability to stop anxiety at its source.
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures,
seek the help of a qualified health professional.
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