While anxiety is a symptom that everyone experiences at some point in their life, in some individuals it can be more than just occasional nervousness or stress. People with anxiety disorders often have symptoms that go beyond a simple response to stressful situations. As such, anxiety disorders are characterized by constant worry or panic, avoidance of certain situations, and nightmares or flashbacks of a traumatic event.
The first step in developing an appropriate treatment plan is to determine the cause of the symptoms.
It is now understood that chronic inflammation is commonly found in individuals with anxiety issues. Chronic inflammation affects mood by alternating brain chemistry and hormones. Root causes of inflammation (infections, allergies, or hypersensitivities) should be investigated as part of your healthcare practitioner's standard evaluation.
A New Scientific Approach to Anxiety
Anxiety disorders can vary greatly in severity and duration, and accordingly, a variety of treatment plans are available. Assessment of neurotransmitter levels can provide valuable information about the status of the nervous system and its interaction with other systems in the body. The immune system can be evaluated in a number of ways to identify the presence and cause of inflammation or other root causes of anxiety. Once the biochemical abnormalities contributing to anxiety are identified, a personalized treatment approach to depression can be undertaken.
- Worry and/or fear
- Racing heart
- Feelings of panic
- Trouble sleeping
- Obsessive thoughts
- Avoiding social situations