What Is Anxiety?
What is Anxiety? Anxiety for some people is hard to pinpoint. You know you have it, but you aren’t quite sure what it is doing to you. You might feel a little bit anxious or nervous, you might have a little speeding up of your heart, and you might even sweat a little bit more than normal. However, when it is much more than that you might have what is called anxiety disorder. There are several types of anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, phobias, OCD, or generalized anxiety disorder. When your typical anxiety that you feel upon meeting someone new or having a job interview turns into anxiety on a daily basis for apparently no reason, then you might have to consider that you have an anxiety disorder.
The symptoms of anxiety disorder are different in each person that has it, which makes it very hard to diagnose. It could simply be that you had too much caffeine in your day, but more important then the outward symptoms are how you are feeling inside. Anxiety is generally called by programmed response to a danger or threat. Anything can be considered a threat from a test that you have to take or going to a city in which you are unfamiliar with. It is the “unknown” that sends your body into anxiety mode. The physical symptoms such as dry mouth or sweaty palms are because of an increase in your stress hormones that your brain sends out because it wants you to prepare to fight. Whether you literally have to is not the point, it is just that our body thinks we may have to. It is called the flight or fight reaction. There are times that your body sends you into this mode even if you don’t know what you may have anxiety about. You can feel anxious once in a while and nothing is wrong with you at all, but if you feel anxious all of the time then you could have a disorder.
By talking to your doctor you can narrow down and medical causes to figure out if you do have an anxiety disorder. In severe cases you should seek treatment. Treatment can either be medical or natural, but in either case, anxiety on a regular basis will not go away without some outside help.
Alternative treatments such as herbal remedies or natural remedies are recommended if you are adverse to starting prescription drugs that may leave you fatigued or “out of it.” This includes stress reduction services, and empowerment to use your brain to help you get over the anxiety, rather than medication. The holistic approach to dealing with an anxiety problem can help you heal the emotional side to the problem and allow you to bring your body and mind some peace. It treats the entire person rather than just the symptoms. Acupuncture, meditation, Homeopathy, massage, and even reflexology allow you to deal with the inner self so that you can face the anxiety head on.