By: Linda Brown.
Anxiety– treating mood blocks to Happiness
Happiness is a combination of pleasure, fulfillment and meaning; and distinctly: freedom from anxiety and depression.
Up to 1 in 3 of us will experience a mood disorder at least once during our lives: anxiety affecting around 25% of us. For many, anxiety is short-lived and easily overcome, for others it is a challenge that requires long-term treatment to be able to move through daily life.
It is generally accepted that anxiety is mediated by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters), such as serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, acetylcholine and GABA. Orthodox treatment of anxiety is generally aimed at modulating (changing and balancing) these pathways.
Various factors, both physical and emotional – cause these imbalances, including:
Most people experience a combination of these factors. The best recommendation is to consult a practitioner who can identify the individual contributing factors so that you can apply accurate solutions.
However, it may be helpful to try basic self-support.
If the feelings run deeper, they may be linked to trauma and loss, which can shape our conditioned patterns and core beliefs (schemas) about the world. Addressing core beliefs helps to remove the emotional reactivity in trigger situations, and can have a longer and more permanent affect in relieving anxiety.
Updates - 24 October 2014
Menary, K et al (2011), ‘The prevalence and clinical implications of self-medication among individuals with anxiety disorders’, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp: 335-339.
Those with high levels of anxiety are more likely to self-medicate with alcohol, which can lead to dependence. If you feel like your drinking or your anxiety is a problem, contact a Health Professional for help.
Vive Health Naturopaths recommend the following products for Anxiety:
|1. Herbs of Gold Extra Strength St John’s Wort 3600 (30Tabs, 60Tabs)||2 tabs 1 - 2 times daily.|
|2. Bach Rescue Remedy (10ml, 20ml)||7 drops in water or under tongue (as required).|
|3. Herbs of Gold Muscle Resuscitation (150g, 300g)||1 tsp x 2 daily after meals.|
|4. Brauer Nervatona Calm||10mls 2 - 3 times daily 1/2 hr away from food and toothpaste. No coffee to be drunk whilst taking this product.|
|6. Magnesium Soak||1 - 1.5 cups for each bath 2 - 3 times per week.|
|7. Eco. Aroma Ylang Ylang Pure Essential Oil (10ml)||Added to massage oil or oil burner.|
|8. Riddells Creek Relaxing Massage Oil (200mls)||Massage twice weekly.|
NOTE: Consideration should always be given to individual requirements. Please consider seeing a qualified practitioner before commencing a new treatment protocol or when combining supplements with pharmaceutical medication.