10 Signs you might have an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety, how do you know you are suffering from it? How might it show up for you? If you experience any of these symptoms, you could have anxiety:
- No appetite/increased appetite
- Tunnel Vision
- Fast heart rate
- Sickening feeling
- Tense neck/shoulders
- The shakes
- Shallow breathing
- Feeling scared
Anxiety is more prevalent in our modern day society than ever before and although its “normal” to experience some form of anxiety it is the way it is showing up for us today that is causing hormonal imbalances and early pre & peri menopause.
There are essentially 5 types of anxiety:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
I think most of us suffer from one of these 5 to some degree at some points in our lives. To what degree we suffer from then can largely be under our control.
How we react to stress can play a huge role on how our anxiety manifests and how long it lasts.
Do you have stress coping mechanisms in place such as a meditation technique you like, a yoga class you just love or even knowing how to breath correctly can all help the coping process.
According to one article: “The number of prescriptions dispensed for benzodiazepines and other sedatives jumped to more than 20 million in 2011, from 16.4 million in 2006, according to market research firm IMS Brogan”
These drugs are of course prescribed for short term, occasional use but are rarely used this way.
The sad fact is that your MD is more likely to prescribe you a “z” pill rather than give you sound nutritional and lifestyle advice.
There are numerous ways you can address anxiety from a nutritional perspective and lifestyle should be top of that list.
Here are just a few suggestions but feel free to add you own that have worked for you:
Keep you blood sugar balanced and avoid sugar, added sugar and stimulants
Deal with the underlying causes of the stress or anxiety. Find a good councillor or psychotherapist who can help.
Supplements such as GABA (gamma-amino-butyric acid) or taurine, valerian or kava (used under supervision) are great choices as well as my favourite, magnesium. Use magnesium in the evening before bed to induce a calming effect, most people are seriously deficient in this nutrient already.
First and foremost find ways in your life that you can bring in relaxing techniques, find time for yourself every day, learn to say no when asked to take on more tasks and make sure you are getting a good nights sleep.
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I would love to hear from you, do you suffer from anxiety? Do you have any coping mechanisms?