Anxiety: You CAN Handle It.
Is It Just Stress?
Anxiety is a common reaction which can actually be quite helpful in some situations.
However, when it becomes excessive, anxiety can reach uncontrollable limits which affect daily living and personal life goals.
Here are some facts about anxiety:
- Anxiety disorders are one of the most common conditions in the US, affecting over 40 million individuals
- Anxiety disorders are highly treatable with many options which don't always involve pharmaceuticals
- About half of all people who have anxiety also have depression
- Diet, lifestyle, personality, brain chemistry, and life events all factors into anxiety.
What is Anxiety?
There are various types of anxiety disorders: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social Anxiety Disorder. In addition, specific fears, stressors, and depression are often associated with anxiety. With hormone involvement, biophysical reaction, as well as mental-emotional components, each person can manifest anxiety in their own way.
The Fatigue Link
Tired all the time? Do you need caffeine to wake up in the morning but have a tough time falling asleep at night? Does brain fog overtake your thought processes? Have you had hypothyroidism, irregularities in menses or testosterone imbalances? Your fatigue may actually be a huge link to your anxiety.
Adrenal disturbances may actually be the root cause of your anxiety.
Adrenal fatigue is an irregularity in the hormones attributed to stress. Stress is actually a function of your body's own adrenal response, which involves several hormones, but cortisol in particular. Through salivary hormone testing, a 24-hour picture can be determined regarding your body's own stress hormone status. Other organ systems like the thyroid, ovaries, and testes are actually influenced secondarily by cortisol and can, thus, be addressed.
Treating adrenal fatigue actually involves herbal medicine, supplementation of vitamins specific to the adrenals, and establishing healthy sleep habits and body rhythms.
Although the amount of stress is a consideration, the skills for handling stress are of concern.
Stress can never be 100% eliminated, but it can be 100% handled.