Far too often people with generalized anxiety disorder tend to be dismissed by people who are insufficiently in the know regarding the condition. They mistakenly believe that the person is consciously far too ‘wound up’ and that simply choosing to not be that way is possible. Assuming that anyone chooses to be uncontrollably anxious nearly all the time really shouldn’t make a lot of sense, as human beings are always biologically hardwired to at least try to be in the best state of mind. Being chronically anxious is NOT a choice in any way, shape, or form and treating anxiety disorder will always involve much more than simply thinking differently.
An effective treatment plan for anxiety may include the use of anti-anxiety medication, but there are treatments that provide real relief for people that do no involve pharmaceuticals. There are natural remedies that can be equally effective for treating anxiety disorder, and many of them involve taking natural non-pharma supplements to balance neurotransmitters in the brain paired with specific behavioural exercises that work to allow your brain to ‘see’ things a little differently. The first step for treating anxiety disorder is to often have a look at neurotransmitter balance levels in the brain.
Before continuing to discuss this further, it’s important to mention the importance of discussing any treatment plan for anxiety with a qualified healthcare professional (and yes, naturopaths are very much included in that group) before beginning. For some people, taking advantage of modern biotechnology advances and having a DNA analysis and blood serum food allergy test will be very beneficial.
Severe Anxiety Symptoms
People suffering from generalized anxiety disorder are plagued by persistent and excessive worries about any number of subjects either directly or indirectly related to heir life. In some cases the worry may be legitimately seen as being excessive, and in other instances it may be seen as being entirely unwarranted. For the sufferer, however, these worries are seemingly impossible to control or regulate.
The criteria for a non-official GAD diagnosis for a person is when they are unable to stop having anxiety and worry for most days over a 6-month period, and showing the following symptoms:
- Nervousness, irritability, or being ‘on the edge’
- Prolongedly elevated heart rate
- Propensity to panic or always sense impending danger
- Feelings of chronic fatigue and body weakness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty sleeping
- Gastrointestinal (‘stomach’) issues
- Hyperventilation (breathing rapidly) along with sweating and / or trembling
Natural Treatment Alternatives
Access to anxiety treatment resources is important for people with mild to severe generalized anxiety disorder. As is the case with many conditions, there are people who do not take well to pharmaceutical medications and they experience any number of unpleasant side effects. In other rare cases, their anxiety seems to be resistant to the medication. The use of medical marijuana has shown promise in treating anxiety disorder and mitigating the severity of the anxiety, and fortunately is becoming much more favourably regarded by the medical professional community in North America.
Indeed, greater numbers of holistic and naturopathic treatment courses are being embraced more frequently for all sorts of mental and physical health ailments and conditions. Kava Kava is another natural supplement made from the root of a shrub native to Polynesia that promotes body and mind relaxation and being balanced against polar mental, and it too can be an effective addition to a treatment plan for anxiety.
Supportive and interpersonal therapy, along with the increasingly popular and wide-reaching benefits of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT is particularly highly recommended for GAD because it targets thoughts, physical symptoms, and behaviours like over preparing, planning and avoidance that are seen in individuals suffering from the disorder. A lesser known therapeutic method called Acceptance Commitment Therapy has also shown promise for helping these people, and relaxation techniques, meditation, yoga, and exercise are thought to be helpful too.
To conclude, some of the best anxiety treatment resources are available online and one particularly good one is a text entitled Master of Your Anxiety and Panic, written by David H. Barlow and Michelle G. Craske. Both authors are internationally recognized as anxiety disorder experts and their text includes a workbook with exercises that can be very helpful when paired with the suggested CBT-based approaches to treating anxiety disorder. It has been recommended by health services all around the world.
Always Have Expert Guidance in Treating Anxiety Disorder
Individuals looking for a treatment plan for anxiety are encouraged to first speak to a healthcare professional regarding the nature and severity of their anxiety. It is important to go in with an open mind and being open to the possibility of non-conventional treatments and supplementation is highly recommended. Consider medical cannabis as a means or reducing your symptoms if pharmaceuticals take too much of a toll on you, and really do apply yourself to the principles and practices outlined in cognitive behaviour therapy. Look into the usefulness of every anxiety treatment resource you can. You do not have to resign yourself to suffering from overwhelming anxiety for the rest of your life. Think positively and be buoyed by the fact there are different approaches you can try until you find what truly works for you.