AyuKarma Ayurveda

Anxiety

WHAT IS ANXIETY?

It is normal to experience occasional anxiety as a part of life. We feel obnoxious for a number of reasons, but people with anxiety disorder have an intense, excessive, and persistent worry about situations.

Anxiety disorders come from a variety of mental health conditions that severely affect day-to-day living. Mild anxiety may make you unsettled in your life, while severe anxiety can advance to other mental health disorders. Usually, disproportionate anxiety levels can put you in the danger of losing length and are meant to last long. You may want to avoid places or social interaction to prevent those feelings of absurdness.

In many cases, symptoms may start during adolescence and continue to persist until the condition is treated.

Examples of anxiety disorders include social phobia, separation anxiety, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety. A person may have anxiety for more than one reason and needs medical treatment to feel better.

Types of Anxiety

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: It is feeling excessively worried for little or no apparent reason.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder: It is feeling overwhelming worried and fear of being watched and judged by others. For people with social phobia, everyday interactions with other people cause anxiety, fear, and embarrassment.
  • Panic Disorder: Sudden attacks may break you out in a sweat and cause you chest pain and a pounding heartbeat. Sometimes anxiety is so severe that you may feel like you have a cardiac attack.
  • Separation Anxiety: It is common to experience separation anxiety as a part of normal life. Separation anxiety does not let people put up with separation. If you feel anxious or fearful when your loved one leaves the place, you are experiencing separation anxiety.
  • Agoraphobia: It is an anxiety disorder that makes you fearful of certain places or situations. You may feel trapped or helpless, or embarrassed of those places that bring you anxiety. For example, some people may feel tense when on an airplane or while standing in a crowd.
  • Selective Mutism: In this form of anxiety, usually, kids who speak well with their family members may not speak in public places because of hesitation.
  • Medication-induced Anxiety Disorder: Certain medications such as drugs or nicotine also bring signs of anxiety in many individuals.

Other specific anxiety may cause you phobias but does not come under the exact criteria for any other anxiety disorders though disturb your normal course of life.

Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety comes with a bunch of signs that tell a lot about your mental health, such as:

  • Feeling nervous or tensed
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything
  • Feeling impending danger, panic or doom
  • Pounding heartbeat
  • Breathing heavily
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) problems
  • Difficulty controlling worry
  • Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety

When to see a doctor

Meet your doctor if you are worrying too much and this is affecting your normal life or relationships, or if:

  • Fear, worry, and anxiety is upsetting you
  • You are depressive and have other mental health problems along with anxiety
  • Have difficulty with alcohol or drug use
  • You have suicidal thoughts in your mind.

Seek immediate medical care in case you are constantly indulged in self-sabotage behavior. Make an appointment with your doctor if you have anxiety that gets worse over time.

Causes

The causes of anxiety disorders are not fully known. Yet life experiences such as emotional and psychological triggers bring panic attacks in people who are already prone to anxiety.

In many cases, underlying health issues also trigger anxiety. The signs and symptoms of anxiety start as the first indicators of a medical illness. Talk to your doctor about the signs you have been experiencing to let the doctor rule out the cause.

Medical conditions that are attributed to anxiety include:

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  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Chronic pain or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Respiratory disorders, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma
  • Drug pr substance abuse
  • Withdrawal from alcohol
  • Rare tumors that produce certain fight-or-flight hormones

Medications also result in anxiety attacks, such as anti-anxiety medications, etc.

Risk factors

Many factors may result in an increased risk of anxiety disorder, such as:

  • Trauma: Children or kids who have had experienced abuse or trauma in their lives are likely to experience the signs of anxiety. Similarly, adults who experience a traumatic event also can develop anxiety disorders.
  • Stress buildup: A buildup of stressful events in your subconscious may also cause excessive anxiety in many—for instance, a stressful relationship with a spouse or a death of a loved one, etc.
  • Stress due to an illness: Having a health condition cause worrisome stress in mind, which can shape up as anxiety later in life.
  • Personality: Certain personality types are more prone to anxiety disorders than others are.
  • Depression: Depression brings signs of anxiety disorder.
  • Having a loved one with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are likely to go in family lines.
  • Drugs or alcohol. Drug or alcohol use misuse or withdrawal is also a cause of severe anxiety.

Ayurvedic treatment for Anxiety

Anxiety is a result of the physical, emotional, and spiritual temperaments of an individual. Changes in these factors have an effect on Pranavata, a life force energy that takes care of the brain, breath, and heart. Due to this, Vata starts to aggravate, resulting in worry, anxiety, and other mental conditions. Pranavata disrupts the functioning of the nervous system and results in mental imbalance.

During the ayurvedic treatment for anxiety, the aim is to restore the healthy balance of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha to promote healthy living. Comprehensive therapies in the Ayurveda are very helpful in increasing Sattva Guna, which keeps the mind stable and brings rationality to the functioning of the brain.

Diet is an imperative part of ayurvedic treatment. The focus is to detoxify the body using dietary regulations and eating a Satvik diet. Thus, traditional ayurvedic treatment helps alleviate signs of depression and anxiety.

If you or your loved one is suffering from any mental health condition and expecting a complete natura recovery, Ayurveda is an option.

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