Get a Grip! - Understanding Anxiety
David M. Marquis, DC, DACBN
Anxiety affects one out of every four Americans. Women have a higher risk and incidence for it, due to developmental, societal, and endocrine factors. Anxiety disorder research in general is progressing but has largely been focused on pharmaceutical intervention which in many cases has proved to be as detrimental as the condition itself. Due to greater understanding of brain plasticity and the ability to facilitate new neural pathways many innovative, non-pharmaceutical-based therapies are now available to actually correct the condition.
Those who suffer with anxiety often feel exhausted, stressed, and overwhelmed. They can’t concentrate due to intense internal focus. Others obsess about specific things. Anxiety is easily detected if someone appears outwardly nervous. However, anxious people might outwardly appear calm but their brain seems to never quiet down and has a sense of constant “noise” in it.
The persistent internal chatter can get so bad that it interrupts their sleep and compromises their quality of life. These people aren’t living in the present, they keep worrying about the future or things from their past.
Anti-anxiety medications are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. However, medications only relieve symptoms of anxiety, they don’t address the cause. Some causes of anxiety are more obvious than others. Many things we ingest can trigger the response such as stimulants like caffeine, diet pills, energy drinks, or other supplements that are marketed to increase energy. Other times anxiety is due to psychological or emotional stressors, such as having to speak in public or prepare for a major event.
Chronic anxiety however can have lesser-known causes that, if managed, can relieve symptoms and negate the need for medication. The root of anxiety can sometimes beneurologically complex, but other times it can be as simple as making some changes to your diet and lifestyle. Here I have listed a few lesser-known triggers of anxiety.
GAD and anxiety
Gluten and anxiety
Blood sugar and anxiety
Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and anxiety
Neural-Feedback and anxiety
Helping people learn to calm or quiet themselves is by far the best and most effective solution for anxiety. QEEG guided neurofeedback is the quickest and fastest way to permanently change poor neural pathways and create the ability to regain control of your life. These technologies have been used for decades with solid, proven results. One can learn more about how to decrease anxiety through neurofeedback at www.centralcoastclearmind.com.
Dr. Marquis wrote this article and it was first published in the San Luis Obispo Information Press. It can be seen in its original format here.
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