Get to the root cause of anxiety

Mental Health

By pH health care professionals

Generalized anxiety disorder is one of the most common mental health problems in the United States.  It can negatively impact a person’s quality of life and disrupt important activities of daily living, and it may sometimes overlap with panic disorder and depression. 

Primary care physicians are often the first providers to see this problem in their offices. Patients urgently schedule an appointment because they are unable to work efficiently and their personal relationships are being affected. Many times, they come with varied physical complaints as well, and thus get misdiagnosed. They cannot sleep, they feel jittery, and they are worried. They are given sleep aids or anti-anxiety meds, which often only mask the condition instead of treating the problem.

Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive out-of-control worry lasting at least six months. Lifetime prevalence, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, is as high as 8 percent in America in the 35-59-year-old group and it is more common among women.

What causes anxiety?

There are many causes of anxiety. Some people with anxiety have serious medical conditions like cancer and diabetes mellitus, or have suffered from myocardial infarction or strokes. Menopause and the aging process can contribute to increased anxiety. Others may have a predisposition to it, and a significant life event can tip the boat.  

How is anxiety treated?

Patients may find some relief from cognitive behavioral therapy, prescription drugs from a medical doctor, mindfulness meditation, yoga and physical activity, and even some alternative and botanical remedies, which are continuously being researched.

Some botanicals and supplements that may help include:                                    

  1.        Kava
  2.        Passionflower
  3.        Hops
  4.        Lysine
  5.        Magnesium
  6.        L-Arginine
  7.        Valerian
  8.        Vitamins A, C and E

You also may want to work with a qualified health care professional to determine whether you are deficient in any critical nutrients. For example, magnesium deficiency may contribute to anxiety.

Proactive Health Labs can help you determine whether there is an underlying problem that is causing your anxiety. We also offer a wide variety of non-pharmaceutical help.

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