Find Peace From Anxiety

Find Peace From Anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the country.

I don’t want to make you feel unimportant in addition to your anxiety, but you are suffering from the most common mental illness in this country. Forty million other Americans, 18 percent of the population, wake up each morning to face some of the same symptoms that are making your life difficult – fear, stomach pain and muscle aches, headaches, trembling hands, fatigue or restlessness, dizziness, burning skin, confusion, dry mouth, hopelessness, emotional extremes, and on and on.

Maybe the best thing about joining such a large tribe is that a lot of attention is paid to treating the condition. The complication is that anxiety takes several miserable forms and you and your doctor may have to try more than one treatment plan to get yours under control. Treatment can get more complicated if, as is often the case, your anxiety is tied to other disorders like substance abuse, depression, or a physical problem.

Sadly, only about a third of people with anxiety receive treatment for their anxiety, although many seek medical care for physical ills since anxiety symptoms mimic other illnesses.

The primary treatments for anxiety are therapy and medication.

Anxiety Therapy

Medication for Anxiety

There are a variety of medications that have proven effective in treating anxiety and depression. Not all work for all people, so you may need to try more than one, if your doctor believes it would be helpful. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors block reabsorption of mood-lifting hormones by certain cells, leaving more available to do their job. Benzodiazepines promote relaxation. All medications have side effects; you and your doctor will need to balance their effectiveness with the potential for mischief.

Alternative Treatment for Anxiety

There are many things you can do for yourself to supplement or possibly avoid other treatment:

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