One of those terms that can mean so many different things to so many different people.
Something that steals from life.
The most common mental illness in all of Canada.
A rising burden on young people... in 2014/2015, 1 in 12 youth were placed on a mood/anxiety or antipsychotic medication!
Can such a multifactorial and individualistic symptom be dumbed down to a Title to be treated by a handful of different medications?
I don't think so.
I think there is more to it than that. And that it is worth discovering what that is.
I believe it is something worth fighting against.
That it is something that does not belong.
That we can break the chains and be free from it.
That we can embrace the good and the bad in life without it.
It is for ailments like anxiety that I am so proud to be a part of the Naturopathic Medical profession and to be able to use such a variety of different tools in my treatment approach. Each individual's treatment plan must look different - how can it be the same? There could be roots in any of the mental, emotional, social, physical, or spiritual arenas. For example, specific physical treatments might target things like the HPA axis, neurotransmitters, the digestive track, inflammation, or just a totally overwhelmed system. And to do this modalities such as lab testing, acupuncture, massage therapy, counselling, nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, or auricular acupuncture may be used. In this way we can slowly, and one step at a time, begin to heal the greater picture.
Here are 10 simple yet powerful anxiety busters. Pick your favourite one and start there!
My hope is that you will soon (metaphorically, or not) dance barefoot and carefree in the rain and that the "A" word will no longer hold any power over your life.