Anxiety is experienced by nervousness, agitation, sense of inappropriate fear, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and tingling sensations in the extremities.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to situations where one's body, life-style or loved one is threatened. A certain amount of anxiety is purposeful and stimulates action. Excess anxiety, on the other hand, interferes with functioning and can be debilitating.
The causes of anxiety are genetic predispositions, sensitive constitutions, caffeine or other stimulants and life transitions.
Biochemically, it has been noted that anxious people have an increase in blood lactate level. This could be due to alcohol, caffeine and sugar intake, deficiency in B Vitamins, calcium or magnesium, food allergens and/or inadequate breathing patterns.
Conventional Treatment: Anxiolytics, Benzodiazepines, SSRI's
Many of the drugs used to treat anxiety are highly physically addictive.
1. Eliminate caffeine, alcohol and other stimulants that may be perpetrating the problem.
2. Make a schedule for yourself. Being in a routine with normal eating times and exercise decreases anxiety.
3. Journal and try to identify what is creating stress in your life.
4. Work on breathing exercises. Breathing from your diaphragm decreases anxiety while chest breathing increases anxiety.
5. Cognitive/Behavioural Therapy is very effective in identifying negative self-talk and changing this talk and the behaviours that accompany it.
6. B Vitamins are important in times of stress. They are vital to the formation of serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and GABA- neurotransmitters that control mood and affect.
7. 2-6 Tbsp of Flaxseed oil has shown positive results in people who suffer from agoraphobia.
8. EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is a new therapy that has shown excellent results in decreasing anxiety and phobias.