Severe Anxiety – Disorder Treatment Options
Anxiety, in a severe or chronic form, is a terrible ailment to suffer from. It causes unwanted negative feelings and constant worry which can render the sufferer unable to perform routine tasks at home or at work. It is impossible to not feel threatened when suffering from this malady and it can lead to depression, which can further impair the sufferer’s ability to realise that they are in need of help. In addition to the strenuous emotional challenges of severe anxiety, physical symptoms can include having an upset stomach, diarrhoea, trouble breathing, or feeling faint.
Many general practitioners will be too quick to prescribe drugs to every patient whose diagnosis is severe anxiety. The intention is to help the patient by reducing the symptoms but quite often anxiety drugs bring harmful side-effects and can lead the patient to become drug dependent. Unfortunately, by taking drugs (prescribed or otherwise) the symptoms only get cloaked and the sickness actually perpetuates, in spite of appearances. Because of these unwelcome side-effects and the risk of drug addiction or dependence, sufferers will be well advised to seek out more natural forms of therapy.
Any drugs offered by a doctor should be discussed in great detail to determine any potential side-effects that may ensue. A number of anti-anxiety drugs such as benzodiazepine apparently help patients to feel better, but only because of the fact that they reduce brain activity. But these drugs can produce blurred vision, drowsiness and memory loss as just a few of their side effects. Strong medicines may also lead to a person feeling “Numb” as the drugs can block any feelings of either pleasure or pain.
Receiving some type of counselling is necessary because a patient suffering from severe anxiety needs to learn how to recondition the brain. Certain situations do demand a feeling of fear and this is quite normal in many circumstances. Unfortunately, severe anxiety sufferers continually worry about everyday occurrences that should not bother them so unduly.
CBT (Cognitive behavioural therapy) and ET (Exposure Therapies)
Certain therapies such as CBT (Cognitive behavioural therapy) and ET (Exposure Therapies) have been found to be of great benefit to a large percentage of sufferers. They teach patients to control anxiety levels, stop distressing thoughts and inhibit their fears.
CBT is possibly the most widely-used therapy for severe anxiety disorders because it addresses negative patterns within the sufferer. However, Dianetics also produces equally good (if not better) results, although it currently isn’t as widely practiced as an anxiety cure because it has many other uses too. ET will expose the patient to the situations or objects they fear and lead to their occurrence of their symptoms.
Developing a daily routine to include physical exercise, yoga and even meditation will help reduce the feelings of anxiety. In order to curtail mood-swings, Fish oil and flaxseed are beneficial because of the omega 3 they contain. A side effect of vitamin B and magnesium deficiencies is an increase in anxiety, so ensure your diet contains these items. Vitamin B can be found in abundance in green vegetable or by taking vitamins supplements. In order to overcome magnesium deficiencies, CalMag is a perfect solution. This mixture of calcium and magnesium ensures you receive both of these required minerals, plus they work best together.
Another herbal supplement which may help is passionflower. However, the side effects of passionflower may include nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, and a rapid heartbeat. The safety of passionflower in pregnant or nursing women, children, or people with kidney or liver disease has not yet been established.
Whilst anxiety is no fun to suffer, patients need to realise that help is available and they just need to find the right methods for them. This may involve a little trial and error but the rewards are great. Using natural remedies to overcome anxiety, truly lasting effects can be achieved in the lives of sufferers. Drugs should only be used as a complete last resort, after all natural methods have been completely exhausted.