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Anxiety

April 7, 2017 - Galey Hanna

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Anxiety disorders affect as many as 40 million people in the adult American population.  Anxiety is treatable with medications and therapy but only about a third of those suffering receive treatment.  Almost 42 billion dollars is spent on anxiety.  Interestingly enough, over 22 billion is spent on repeated health care services because those that suffer from anxiety try to medically treat anxiety symptoms that can mimic physical illness.  There are several different classifications of Anxiety Disorder.  Generalized Anxiety Disorder affects 3.1% of the population with women being among the highest percentage of sufferers.  Panic Disorder 2.7% with again, women being amongst the highest percentage of sufferers.  Social Anxiety Disorder effects 6.8% of the population, men and women equally with manifestation appearing as early as 10 years before a sufferer might seek treatment.  Specific Phobias affect 8.7%, men and women equally.  Obsessive-compulsive disorder affects 1.0% with early on-set during childhood and teenage years being fairly common.  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects as many as 3.5% of the population with women and children and military personnel being amongst the greatest sufferers.  Those that suffer from an anxiety disorder will more than likely suffer from depression simultaneously.

Everyone will suffer from an anxious bout from time to time from say a financial difficulty or major change in life or family.  Anxiety can become so strong, however, that it can become a part of every day life.  When anxiety interferes with a persons ability to function and participate in life, it is a problem.  For those with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, worry and worrisome thoughts can happen a multitude of times during the day on a daily basis which will produce physical and mental fatigue.  Excessive worry and anxiety can also cause sleep problems which in-turn will effect physical health. Specific phobias can cause anxiety and may not manifest itself until a situation comes up where that phobia has to be faced.  For example, someone may be afraid of the thought of flying for years but then, when they buy that ticket and get on an airplane for that necessary trip and the panic sets in, they have a problem that needs to be treated.   Any type of Anxiety illness can cause muscle tension and fatigue, this can also mimic aches and pains that might make a person feel as though they have some type of illness which then can cause even more anxiety; a vicious cycle.   Other physical symptoms might include digestive issues such as constipation, indigestion and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Worrying for days about an encounter with a group, a party, speaking in front of crowds, might be a sign of Social Anxiety.  Social Anxiety disorder might also make a person afraid of a one-on-one conversation or cause extreme self-consciousness; worrying excessively about how you look, what you are saying, what the other person might be thinking about you is concerning.  Panic attacks can include shaking, sweating, chest pains, racing heart rate, stomach pain.  Symptoms of panic attach may mimic a heart attack causing even more panic and disruption for a person.  Those with PTSD tend to suffer from flash-backs from a time and place in which they experienced severe trauma causing extreme panic and anxiety attacks.  Chronic pain, as well, can cause anxiety and depression which in-turn can create chronic pain, another vicious cycle.

Treatments for anxiety disorders mostly consist of medications, anti-depressants,  addictive benzodiazepines.  For some people a “coctail” of medicines are prescribed to treat a number of mental illnesses consisting of a couple different anti-depressants, sleep medication, and benzos, which can be extremely hard on the body as well as cause a multitude of side effects.  Counseling and relaxation techniques and more preferred and can offer great benefits to the patient but counseling can be very expensive and relaxation techniques are not always immediately effective.  Electric Medicine is becoming more and more accepted and widely used in treating anxiety in patients.  The device can be used at certain settings to stabilize emotional states, restore mental function, as well as restore well-being.  Using Electric Medicine can be extremely relaxing to the body and mind as well as help with sleep difficulties.  There are various settings used to achieve these benefits painlessly and drug-free as more and more natural medicine is being used to restore, heal, and reduce pain.  Patients have felt more at-ease after a session with Electrical Medicine as well as more relaxed, immediately and over time.  There is no down time and sessions can be affordable; units can even be bought or rented with a prescription.  Electrical Medicine is the wave of the future helping people get off harmful drugs and healing bodies and minds.

 

 

 

 

Galey Hanna