Anxiety disorder has one in constant worry over anything and everything in your life. Even when there should be no cause for concern. Perpetually worried about your health, money, well-being of your family. People with this condition often recognize they are “over-worrying” about a lot of issues, but have no control over the worry and associated anxiousness. It is constant and can interfere with the ability to relax or sleep well and can cause you to startle easily.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is one of the most common anxiety disorders and can occur at any point of life. The most common points of onset occur between childhood and middle age. If you are a woman, you are twice as likely as men to suffer fromanxiety.
Studies have shown that anyone living with Anxiety, is more likely to also suffer from other mental health issues and ailments. Common conditions that are associated include depression, irritable bowel syndrome, stress, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and substance abuse.
To be classified with Anxiety Disorder, you must be experiencing a constant state of worry about a variety of everyday situations for at least six months. In addition, you must be experiencing at least three of the following six symptoms:
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleep disturbances
- Easy fatigue
- Restlessness or feeling on edge
Treatment For Anxiety
Like other disorders, medications and therapy (Psychotherapy with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to teach coping skills or mechanisms) are the most common treatment options if you are suffering from Anxiety Disorder.
Acupuncture is a supportive modality and should be used as and when needed. It helps to release toxicity restoring the body’s natural ability to heal.
Any treatment should coincide with exercise, a healthy diet, elimination of stimulates (like caffeine) and stress management techniques – such as yoga or meditation.