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Alternative therapy for anxiety

Facts about Anxiety

Modern pace and constant changes of everyday life affect everyone. Our body reacts to the stress by anxiety, and this is considered to be perfectly normal. It is normal to be worried or afraid of something, because that’s what’s pushing you to deal with the situation that have caused the problem in the first place.

However, there is a difference between normal anxiety and abnormal reaction, known as anxiety disorder, and it’s the intensity of the feeling and reasoning that caused anxiety. People suffering from anxiety disorder have both psychological and physiological problem. Even if there is nothing that present real threat for them, they worry and experience fear, and sometimes even dread certain situations. Uneasiness is also very common for these patients. Anxiety disorder and panic attacks are not rare among worldwide population. Because they are recognized to severely compromise patients’ quality of life, these disorders must be taken care of.

Anxiety Treatment Options

After consultation with the doctor, patients usually get prescription medications such as: psychotropic or some anti-anxiety drugs (like SSRI – selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors). Recent studies on a large population of people using these medications proved that drugs are not very successful in treating anxiety disorder. Because of that, side effects of the drugs and potentially life-long medical treatment have turned many people to find alternative approaches to deal with anxiety.

There are some herbal preparations and supplements, which might be good and perfectly natural way to treat anxiety disorder. Kava and sam-e, as well as valerian root and St. John’s Wort are some of the herbs frequently recommended by herbalists for people suffering from excessive anxiety. Before any treatment it is very important to consult your doctor. This way, you will avoid any harmful side effects or interactions with the medications you are already using.

Focused breathing techniques and relaxation also have their place in the treatment of anxiety. Yoga, tai chi, meditations or guided visualization may be good choices for patients suffering from anxiety disorder. Regular aerobic exercise can also be the way to deal with this problem, since it is known to release endorphins (“happy hormones”) and promote feelings of well-being.

Anxiety and panic attacks can also be resolved with the diet change. Reduce the amount of sugar, caffeine and nicotine you have been using and you will notice the results in a month or so. Some people might also react in the same way to dairy products, so you may try to avoid them for some time and see if that improves your condition.

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