Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s fear or apprehension about what’s to come. Anxiety may occur in the form of nervousness or fear on the first day of school, going to an interview, or giving a speech or participating in a debate.
Usually this nervousness or fear passes in few minutes or more, but if these feelings of anxiety are extreme, last for more than six months, and are interfering with your life and day to day work, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
What is an anxiety disorder?
It’s normal to feel anxious about so many things, like, moving to a new place, starting a new job, taking a test, or meeting a new person. Though this is stressing, but it motivates you to work harder and do a better job. This is ordinary anxiety, which is a feeling that comes and goes, but does not interfere with your everyday life, and in fact boosts up your work.
But, in the case of an anxiety disorder, the feeling of fear may be with you all the time. It is an intense feeling and sometimes debilitating, and hampering day to day life. This type of anxiety causes you to stop doing things you do for living and things you enjoy. In extreme cases,it may turn into phobias, it may prevent you from entering an elevator, crossing the street, or even leaving your home. If left untreated, the anxiety will keep getting worse and make your life a disaster.
Anxiety is the most common form of emotional disorder, and may affect anyone at any age. Women are more likely to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder than men.
The patient experiences recurring panic attacks at unexpected times. A person with panic disorder lives in fear of the next panic attack.
The patient has excessive fear of a specific object, situation, or activity. He is unable to face or even think about that particular situation.
Social Anxiety Disorder:
There is an extreme fear of being judged by others in social situations.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: There are recurring irrational thoughts that lead’s one to perform specific, repeated behaviors’.
Separation Anxiety Disorder:
The patient has fear of being away from home or loved ones. Homesickness.
Illness Anxiety Disorder:
Anxiety about your health.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder:
This is a form of anxiety disorder following a traumatic event.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety feels different depending on the person having it. Feelings may range from butterflies in your stomach to a racing heart. Patient may feel out of control, as if there is a disconnection between mind and body. People experience anxiety, may have nightmares, panic attacks, and painful thoughts or memories that they can’t control. One may have a general feeling of fear and worry, or may fear a specific place or event.
Symptoms of general anxiety are:
- Increase in heart rate
- Rapid breathing
- Trouble in concentrating
- Difficulty in falling asleep
- Anxiety symptoms, which a one person experiences might be totally different from someone else’s.
An anxiety attack is a strong feeling of apprehension, worry, or fear. An anxiety attack may build slowly, and it may worsen as a stressful event approaches. Anxiety attacks may vary greatly, and symptoms may differ from person to person. That’s because, many symptoms of anxiety don’t happen to everyone, and they change over time.
Common symptoms of an anxiety attack are:
- Feeling faint or dizzy
- Shortness of breath
- Dry mouth
- Chills or hot flashes
- Apprehension and Worry
- Numbness or tingling
- Lifestyle changes for anxiety
Lifestyle changes are an effective way to relieve some of the stress and anxiety one has to deal with everyday. This consists of caring for your body, participating in healthy activities, and eliminating unhealthy ones.
- Getting enough sleep
- Staying active and exercising
- Eating a healthy diet
- Staying active and working out
- Avoiding alcohol
- Avoiding caffeine
- Quitting smoking cigarettes
- Treatment with Homeopathy
As people react in different ways to the same stress, homeopathy has so much to offer for anxiety disorder.
Homeopathy works when the correct remedy is found for that particular individual patient. A very thorough first consultation that involves discussing the patient’s whole medical background as well as asking about his daily lifestyle: including diet, exercise, temperature, etc is important. Sometimes, it is during case taking only, that the patient’s healing process starts, as proper history while the physician takes the case, helps them understand why they feel the way you do.
Medication and psychotherapy are commonly used to treat anxiety. Changes in lifestyle, like regular exercise and getting enough sleep also help. It’s important to understand that anxiety disorders are well treated, even in severe cases. Sometimes, the anxiety usually doesn’t go away, but you can learn to manage it with homeopathic treatment and live a happy, healthy life.