Living Without Panic and Fear

Drugs: Not the Only Solution to Mental Health Issues

To be living in the 21st century is only but natural to be hobbled under the weight of life’s demands and pressures. These though can result in mental and emotional meltdowns. Our family responsibilities, personal and job expectations, and relationship demands often hold us down and leave us laden with anxiety. Even the most competent and proficient among us cannot be excluded from this incapacitating disorder once acute stress keeps on piling up. While a bit of anxiety is needed to accomplish feats we cannot normally do in a calm state, extreme and uncontrollable bouts of anxiousness can be debilitating and render us incapable of doing what we ought to do.

Mental disorders that relate to anxiety are fast becoming the most common mental disorder in the United States. As of the present, statistics have recorded 40 million adults age 18 and older (which is about 18% of the U.S. population) who are suffering from anxiety and anxiety-related mental disorders. These outrageously growing disorders severely affect tens of millions of people each year with only a fraction of those victimized receiving appropriate treatment.

Generally, people suffering from anxiety disorders and its accompanying mental and physical symptoms rely on medications such as anti-anxiety and antidepressants drugs. While they are sufficient to control the symptoms, these drugs only provide short-term relief. Aside from their numerous side effects, chronic use of these medications often cause drug intolerance and increased risk for drug dependency and abuse. Over time, you can see that the quick relief promised by popping pills every time anxiety attacks may prove to be not the best way of controlling your anxiety. The immediate relief it provides is not long lasting. Although it is the most popular treatment method, using prescription drugs is not the only treatment for anxiety. There is a range of options that can help cure anxiety that guarantees complete recovery.

Methods available are:

1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Research studies have established that treating anxiety disorders through cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) yields a much better success rate than treating with prescription medications. Patients with panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders (OCDs) and phobias have been observed to be particularly receptive to the “mindful” restructuring techniques involved in CBT.  Through CBT, psychologists try to help patients see that the negative emotions of doom and fear brought about by panic and anxiety are mere reflections of their negative outlook, belief or way of thinking. By recognizing these negative, irrational thoughts and replacing them with positive, realistic ones, patients can overcome their anxiety and live a more calming and comfortable life.

2. Aerobics Exercise
Aside from gaining better muscle tone and losing a couple of pounds off, aerobics exercises also provide psychological benefits that help reduce anxiety and depression and improve mood. With aerobics, the body produces endorphins that bind to neuron-receptors in the brain to give relief from pain. Exercise also increases the blood flow to the brain which supplies the brain cells with extra glucose and oxygen needed to improve concentration and lessen anxiety. As these chemicals build up, chemical imbalances in the brain that result in anxiety are sensitized causing a shift of mood from an anxious state to a calm one. Aside from this, the preoccupation of doing rhythmic movements involved in aerobics distracts the mind from stressful matters releasing the mind as well as the body from all the tension and pressure stored.

3. Meditation
Meditation is the perfect method to help achieve a mind and body relaxation. It helps patients control their anxiety by restoring their mental imbalance. A simple 10 to 20 minute meditation exercise can help overcome anxiety and help you find inner peace. It helps transform the mind from disturbed to peaceful, in minutes. Through focused consciousness, a patient can bring his or her mental processes under better voluntary control that promotes general mental well-being and uplifts you to a state of clarity, serenity, and concentration.

4.  Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that draws on aromatic essences or essential oils of plants to help relieve stress, anxiety, and promote relaxation. By inhaling the appealing fragrances of the oils, the levels of alpha waves in the brain are increased causing relaxation and improving the mood, stabilizing the emotions, and enhancing memory and learning. Common herbs used in aromatherapy include lavender, rosemary and jasmine. Damping a small drop of oil on pressure points on the body creates a calming and sedating effect that best solve anxiety patient’s episodes of panic.

5. Vitamin B-Complex Therapy
The levels of B vitamins in the body can affect a person’s mood. A decrease in the levels causes the improper functioning of the nervous system. This is due to the fact that these vitamin B-complexes help to metabolize neuro-toxins linked to anxiety problems. To restore the normal functioning of the nervous system, adequate levels of B vitamins 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 12 are necessary.

Many people who are nagged by anxiety disorders may be able to regain control of their nervous system without the use of drugs. The answer is simply advocating the use of more natural methods or techniques of anxiety treatment such as those mentioned above. By using a combination of all the above methods you will likely be surprised at what you can achieve without the use of prescriptive or over the counter medicines. Practicing these methods rather than taking pills for anxiety can go a long way to complete recovery.

About the author: Ryan Rivera of Calm Clinic, has a special interest in helping people to find a wonderful life free from panic and fear.

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