We all deal with anxiety at some point but it starts to be a problem when it impacts your day-to-day life.
We all deal with anxiety at some point but it starts to be a problem when it impacts your day-to-day life. Bad anxiety or anxiety disorders can be incredibly debilitating; causing panic attacks, insomnia, restlessness, irritation and even nausea. Fortunately, there are strategies, therapies and medications that can make anxiety much more manageable.
Anxiety is triggered by your body’s fight or flight response. This was useful from an evolutionary standpoint; our early ancestors were constantly exposed to danger, so their anxiety helped them survive by planning for potential danger, avoiding risks and staying alert. These days, the triggers for our anxiety can be harder to pinpoint. Anxiety can arise from any number of different situations. Early childhood trauma, poor physical health, traumatic events in adulthood, neglect and financial pressures are just a few of the potential causes.
People often experience anxiety differently and symptoms can vary depending on the type of anxiety you experience. Common symptoms include:
The treatment for people suffering from anxiety differs from person to person and the type of anxiety that they experience. Psychotherapy and medication are the two main treatments for anxiety disorders. Some individuals can learn to manage their anxiety without any medication through regular counselling and healthy lifestyle changes. However, many people need medication to support their initial treatment and others may need medication indefinitely.
Psychotherapy is when a patient works with a professional therapist or psychologist. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is the most commonly used technique, and it involves learning specific strategies to improve your symptoms as well as exposure therapy to help build your confidence in dealing with triggers.
If the anxiety is severe or psychotherapy alone is not enough for the patient, they may be prescribed medications to alleviate the symptoms of their anxiety. Medications often prescribed for anxiety include anti-depressants, buspirone and benzodiazepines. Since medicinal cannabis became available in New Zealand, some patients are now requesting cannabis prescriptions to help with their anxiety.
There are a few things you can do every day to help you deal with your anxiety:
Recently, patients in New Zealand have started seeking out medical cannabis treatments for their anxiety. Researchers think that CBD oil may alter serotonin signalling but this has yet to be confirmed. To date, there have been numerous anecdotal reports of patients that have improved their anxiety symptoms while using medical cannabis. There is not enough clinical research to say for certain whether or not CBD oil can help with treating anxiety. However, recent research in New Zealand has shown promising results.
For many people, it is very difficult to overcome anxiety without the help of medical professionals. You should bring this up with your GP. They are able to refer you for psychotherapy and offer advice on medication. If you have other complicated health issues, you may need to speak with a specialist before considering medication. If you need support today, call 0800 ANXIETY.
If you are considering medicinal cannabis for your anxiety, book a consultation with the RestoreMe team and we’ll be happy to talk through your options.
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