Beset by anxiety…there is no truer phrase. When you are anxious about one thing or another, you feel weighed down, overwhelmed by it all. Difficulties in the office may cause your problem. Or your anxieties may be triggered by marital problems. Or they can be a result of constant worrying about bills and more bills to deal with. They can even be caused by something as trivial as having to see the dentist for a very necessary check-up. It does not matter what triggers the anxiety. The fact remains that you have become anxious. And you can believe of nothing else but your problem.
Just about everybody falls prey to anxiety. It is a prevalent condition, especially in “advanced” societies characterized by stressfully high expectations. In the United States, research indicates that there are about 20 million individuals going through one or more types of a problem falling under the “anxiety disorder” umbrella.
There is a wide array of psychological problems of this variety. Some people suffer from General Anxiety Disorder, fundamentally characterized by vague, generalized feelings of fear, apprehension, and worrying. Some people have phobias of one type or another. A phobia is a big, irrational fear of an object, person, organism, or situation which may hinder or disable a person from fully functioning. Fears of heights (acrophobia), enclosed spaces (claustrophobia), death (necrophobia) are some of the more common ones. Some people suffer from social anxiety or the anxieties provoked by having to face people or social situations. Still others have performance anxiety, usually referred to as stage fright.
The different degrees of severity run across a broad spectrum. Some anxieties are mild and can be relatively more easily managed. Others are more severe, making it difficult to be productive. Still, others are severe and chronic, and may be damaging to a person’s physical and emotional health.
In like manner, the different symptoms of anxiety are varied. Some feel the onset of the anxiety by their cold, clammy hands. Others sweat profusely. Some feel the tension on their napes, on their shoulders, or on their backs as the muscles get all knotted up in anxiety-reaction. Others get indigestion. Others feel dizzy, nauseous. Some even register chest pains and palpitations. The symptoms may vary from man to man. However, each single symptom points to the fact that the person is in some pain, his cluttered mind manifesting itself through ailments of his physical self.
There are anti-anxiety medications available to support a person’s battle with anxieties. Most of them are prescriptive medicines. Their dosage, as well as the length of time a person takes them, has to be closely monitored. This is because these medicines may have serious side-effects, some even worse than the anxieties that they are being taken for.
There are many people who hesitate to take these medicines because of their adverse effects. Some have turned to herbal remedies for anxiety.
Herbs are considered all-natural, and therefore, generally safe. They are cheap, compared to pharmaceutical drugs. They are not addictive. (People have been known to develop a dependency on anti-anxiety drugs). You also do not need to run to your doctor for a prescription every time your hoard is depleted.
• Valerian is a herb on which some medical/clinical research has been done. Results show a reduction of anxiety on the subjects.
• L-theanine is an amino acid which has gained quite a reputation in being just as effective as anti-anxiety meds, without the adverse side-effects or habit-forming properties of the former.
• Chamomile has quite a long history as an herbal medicine which minimizes tension, calms the cluttered mind, and promotes sleep and relaxation to those who take it.
• St. Johns Wort is a herb, a natural reuptake inhibitor, used since the time of our forefathers to improve the disposition and soothe the nerves.2016-08-19