Anxiety- Integrative Medicine

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Anxiety has become the number one mental health issue in North America. It is estimated that one third of the North American adult population experiences some form of anxiety. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Anxiety Disorders affect 18.1 percent of adults in the United States and that amounts to approximately 40 million adults between the ages of 18 and 54. Current estimates put this number much higher, approximately 30 percent, because many don't seek help, are misdiagnosed, or don't know they have issues with anxiety. 

According to The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, concludes that anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one third of the $148 billion total mental health bill for the U.S. More than $22.84 billion of those costs are associated with the repeated use of healthcare services. People with an anxiety disorder are three-to-five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than non-sufferers. A study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry in 2006 found that Americans lose a collective 321 million days of work because of anxiety and depression each year, costing the economy $50 billion annually.

65% of North Americans take prescription medications daily, 43% take mood altering prescriptions regularly. There were over 3.3 Billion prescriptions filled in America in 2002 (12 times the U.S’s population) and that equals 12 prescriptions for every man, woman, and child in the U.S. that year. Paxil and Zoloft, two of the more popular anti-anxiety medications, ranked 7th and 8th in the top ten prescribed medications in the US with these two medications alone totaling almost $5 Billion in sales in 2002!!!. And my personal experience is that these mind scrambling drugs are extremely addictive, very difficult to stop by causing severe dependency issues just trying to avoid the mental and physical symptoms experienced upon withdrawal. 

By definition anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. Clinically, anxiety is a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks. Anxiety is really a normal reaction when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. However, anxiety becomes a disorder when it evolves into more than a temporary worry or fear. Anxiety disorders do not always just go away and can worsen over time with feelings that interfere with daily activities of living and may require professional assessment.

Nutritional deficits can certainly affect brain chemistry and its functionality as can hyperthyroidism, low blood sugar or past/present use of certain medications known to worsen or even initiate anxiety disorders. Many factors contribute to or can be compounded by co-existing conditions such as severe gastrointestinal inflammation, depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder presents as a display of excessive anxiety or worry for months and include symptoms of restlessness or uneasiness, low energy or easily fatigued, difficulty concentrating or losing thoughts, irritability, muscle tension, uncontrollable worrying, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep or unsatisfying sleep. 

Panic Disorder presents as having recurrent unexpected panic attacks with physical symptoms of palpitations, pounding heart, rapid heart beat,sweating; trembling or shaking; shortness of breath, choking. Emotional feelings of sudden and repeated attacks of intense fear, feelings of being out of control during a panic attack, Intense worries about the next attack, fear or avoidance of places where panic attacks have occurred in the past, and a feeling of impending doom. 

Social Anxiety Disorder presents as having a marked fear of social or performance situations due to expected feelings of embarrassed, judgement, rejection, or fear of offending others, feeling very anxious about being with or speaking to other people, worrying for days or weeks before an event where other people will attend, having a hard time making friends or keeping friends, feeling nauseous or sweating or trembling when others are around.

Is it possible to get off these mind altering Rx drugs? Absolutely, but it takes time and requires substantial nutritional support!!! There are numerous neuro-transmitter supplements that can mimic the actions of Rx drugs without those pesky side-effects. The difficulty is finding a neurotransmitter match while avoiding toxicity issues, like do not take supplements that increase serotonin when trying to get off of SSRI's because serotonin toxicity may occur. The following neuro-transmitter formulas...Brain Calm or Neurotransmitter Balance can help you get off  your anxiety medication, but please get your healthcare providers consent and assistance in this endeavor!

Below you will find every product related to brain health and nutritional support for all systems that will require support due to the depletion of vital nutrients secondary to physiologic stress. It is well known that stress, mental, physical or pharmaceutical induced, robs the body's endogenous pool of vitamins, minerals and other co-factors essential for vibrant health and certainly for emotional well-being! Dietary leanings should be toward a Vegan, high antioxidant, high essential fat, alkaline, no junk food diet!! Enjoy. 

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