Researchers continue to make headway in uncovering what’s behind the development of anxiety disorders with a new Stanford University study published in November. The study identifies important differences in the brains of children with relatively high anxiety levels.
There’s no denying that the holidays are a stressful time for just about everyone, but this is particularly true for individuals suffering from anxiety disorders. Between long-distance travel, frenzied preparation for house and dinner guests, familial tensions, and sky-high expectations, it’s no surprise that in a recent poll by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, three-quarters of respondents report being more anxious and/or depressed during the holidays. Forget good tidings and counting your blessings — it seems that the holidays and anxiety go hand-in-hand!
Anxiety is a state of emotional turmoil filled with apprehension, worry and fear, which can interfere with an individual’s overall wellbeing. Fortunately, there are a number of effective alternative treatments for anxiety that you can take advantage of.
Anxiety sufferers are especially prone to self-criticism and negative thought patterns that only perpetuate their problems. If you find yourself entertaining any of these five thoughts that make anxiety worse, read on to find out why they’re so destructive and what you can do to stand up to your anxious mind.
By now you probably know that the state of the standard American diet is a sad one, and that most people in this country do not eat the way they should. Eating a proper diet has become more of a challenge than ever – it seems that at every turn, we face the aggressive marketing of highly processed “foods” that are virtually unrecognizable compared to their “real” counterparts (think the chicken McNugget versus grilled chicken breast).
If you follow this blog, you know that a balanced, nutrient-rich diet is a huge component of controlling anxiety. The bottom line is that we all know we need to change the way we eat; but for most of us, our diet isn’t going to change overnight. The vast majority have to implement changes slowly, making a point to add in new, healthful foods while gradually cutting out others. If you’re seeking to make an impact on your anxiety by changing your diet, you may want to start by first eliminating these four foods that aggravate anxiety.
There’s a lot of information out there about treating anxiety naturally. Type the phrase into a search engine and you could click through the results for days. It’s a topic we’re passionate about on this blog as well. We’ve detailed how natural approaches to treating anxiety can effectively supplement or even replace prescription medications, and how a healthy lifestyle is the BEST thing you can possibly do to overcome anxiety.
The prescription anti-anxiety medications called benzodiazepines are the most widely prescribed types of drug in all age ranges in the United States and Canada. But evidence shows these drugs can be have dangerous side effects, and that they are over-prescribed despite not being intended for long-term use. Doctors may make it seem that Xanax or Ativan is an answer for your anxiety, but the reality is that in the long run, these medications may do more harm than good. Here’s the truth about benzodiazepines for anxiety.
Passionflower is a beneficial calming herb that can be used as an alternative to prescription anti-anxiety medicines. Passionflower is native to North and South America, and is now grown all over the world. The plant was first introduced to Europe in the 1500s by the Spanish, who found it in Peru. The Incas, Aztecs and other indigenous peoples of the Americas used passionflower for anxiety and stress medicinally and also as a sedative. They did this for thousands of years, and the herb later gained wide use in European folk remedies as well. Passionflower has been indicated as a natural remedy for insomnia, anxiety, gastrointestinal upset, high blood pressure, and withdrawal syndrome from narcotic drugs. Read on to learn more about using passionflower for natural anxiety treatment.
Living with anxiety isn’t easy. The excessive worrying, missed sleep, and panic attacks can be overwhelming. Chronic anxiety may leave you feeling isolated and affect your relationships with family, friends and coworkers, exacerbating the problem. And this is to say nothing of the health consequences, which range from a compromised immune system to the development of heart disease. After being officially diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, rather than feeling validated and hopeful, some people feel even worse. [Read more…]
If we take a look at the statistics, we see that anxiety and stress levels are alarmingly high in the U.S. Nearly one in five adults suffers from anxiety, and according to a National Health Interview survey, three-quarters of Americans report high stress in their lives. These startling numbers highlight the need for real anxiety relief. But we don’t think this means that 20 to 75% of the population should turn to prescription drugs to cope with this problem.
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