Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental conditions in North America. Every year about 12% of Canadians suffer from anxiety. Anxiety is a term that encloses several medical conditions with similar or the same symptoms, which include from mild to quite severe panic attacks.
Anxiety disorders are diverse and include: social anxiety, traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), specific phobias, depression and mixed anxiety.
Symptoms such as excessive worry, nervousness, and insomnia up to genitourinary symptoms like frequent urination and gastrointestinal symptoms.
Other symptoms which include excessive sweating, hot and cold flashes, muscle tension, rapid heart rate, and even suicidal thoughts!
Citalopram is a serotonin inhibitor used to treat depression.
Benzodiazepines are used in the short term to manage some quite serious symptoms.
You should know the details about hormonal symptoms, past medical history and sleep, digestive symptoms and diet to treat the condition.
If you want to include a naturopathic diagnostic process you should identify the root cause of anxiety. Holistically naturopathic medicine which is very different from conventional medicine which mostly focuses on dysfunctions in the brain can treats anxiety.
THE 5 ROOT CAUSES OF ANXIETY
The production of cortisol chronic stress appears and affects more than half of North American adults these days.
The adrenal glands rely on adrenaline and noradrenaline to deal with stressful events instead of producing cortisol.
This make hormones the person be in state with symptoms like mental worry, sweating, muscle tension, rapid heart rate, dry mouth and rapid respiration.
Malnutrition and Hypoglycemia
Our body needs protein, vitamins and minerals to perform its chemical reactions. In case you’re healing anxiety the lack of any nutrient is like you’re trying to build a house without bricks.
You need tyrosine and tryptophan to create synthesis serotonin, dopamine and hormones like cortisol. They need builders to make neurotransmitters, such as zinc, B-vitamins, magnesium and iron.
Stress deplete the body of these nutrients and in case you don’t get enough of these nutrients from food, you will need supplementation so that your body can function optimally.
The blood glucose levels are rising and falling because of a high-carb diet and it can lead to hypoglycemia. It provokes rapid heartbeat, fatigue, sweating, irritability and dizziness.
Serotonin is mostly active in the brain, and up to 90% of it is created in the intestinal tract, so any disruption in the digestive cells can lead to the appearance of digestive symptoms like mood swings, but also IBS, according to many studies.
Inflammation in the body can be caused by foods sensitivities and intestinal issues and that all impacts the nervous system. Also, overactive immune system and low levels of inflammation in the brain may lead to mental conditions like depression, but also symptoms like memory loss, headaches, as well as difficulty concentrating, according to researches.
North American women suffer from estrogen dominance because of high exposure to toxic estrogen and that’s happened by lack of progesteroneortoo much estrogen in the body. This is manifested through symptoms like irregular periods, PMS, acne, painful and heavy periods, weight gain, fibroids, but also an increased risk of ovarian and breast cancer.
You should know that progesterone and estrogen affect the brain so hormonal imbalance lead to anxiety and irritability symptoms and aggravate the present anxiety.
Core Beliefs and Mental Schemas
By anxiety and other mental conditions mental schemes may be caused. If it’s left untreated, it affects the everyday life.
If they’re triggered they lead to anxiety symptoms, so it is very important to find out the real symptoms for that so that you can treat any mood disorder.
SOLUTIONS FOR ANXIETY
You should rely on true diagnosis for the holistic solutions:
- You must check for food sensitivity and hormone levels like estrogen, cortisol and progesterone
- You need to develop a strategy for dealing with stress; set some healthy boundaries and reduce your work hours
- Go through history along with the blood work, and check the iron and B12 status of the patient
- You should add more protein in their diet and reduce the carb and sugar intake, but also alcohol and caffeine
- Identify their core beliefs and address them with the help of Narrative therapy, Coherence therapy, CBTand mindfulness training
- Do activities which lower stress; go for long walks, start yoga or meditation, or walk in nature
- By adjusting birth control dosage, limit your exposure to toxins, and treat estrogen dominance to balance the hormones
- Use supplements such as probiotics, remove food sensitivities, and consume a diet low in pro-inflamamatory foods.