Why anxiety is a neglected mental health disorder (and 5 tips to treat it)
Anxiety can be triggered by any number of situations, scenarios, thoughts and/or biochemical reactions. It is a feeling that everyone experiences from time to time, but anxiety is experienced differently by everyone.
Anxiety can be triggered in one person by a scenario that another would find completely innocent. Everyone has their own triggers for anxiety. Often it is not possible to really understand why someone feels anxious in a particular situation. What does seem clear is that it is the meaning one assigns to a situation or thought that causes fear, and not the objective situation itself.
Fear is a word. It is a label we use to denote a feeling, an emotion, a psycho-physical state. This disease is somewhat amorphous, although it has symptoms that most people can relate to. We all know that uncomfortable feeling we call anxiety.
Fear can be a mild annoyance or an all-encompassing, gripping, paralyzing tornado. It can be experienced chronically over days and years (and decades), or it can suddenly and unexpectedly pop up in someone’s momentary experience and render them unable to function.
Here’s why anxiety is a neglected mental disorder and what you can do about it.
image by pixunfertige on Pixabay : MMJ can be used to treat anxiety.
Anxiety is a neglected mental disorder
Anxiety is one of the most neglected mental disorders. It is often underestimated, dismissed or confused with something else. Because anxiety, in its mild form, occurs fairly regularly in the vast majority of people, there is a perception that it is not serious and not necessarily worth treating.
Unfortunately, fear sometimes goes hand in hand with stigma. Some people don’t want to admit they feel fear because they associate fear with weakness. The misconception that anxiety is a disgrace or a sign of weakness has done much harm in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
Anxiety is often accompanied by some or all of the following symptoms:
- Reflections on the race
- physical discomfort
- Headaches or nausea
- Exciting and negative projections
- Depressive thinking
- Physical stress
- Difficulty focusing and concentrating
How to treat anxiety
The good news is that if you suffer from anxiety to the point that it affects your quality of life, there are several effective ways to treat your anxiety.
Here are five tips for dealing with anxiety.
1. Cognitive behavioural therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy, commonly known as CBT, is a form of therapy that has been shown to be effective in treating anxiety disorders. CBT focuses on examining a person’s thoughts and beliefs that are causing their anxiety and finding out if they are true. CBT also focuses on developing new, healthier behaviors that show you that you can fully enjoy life despite your anxiety, or even get rid of your anxiety altogether.
CBT is best practiced with the help of a trained therapist, but you can also apply CBT strategies yourself by working with books on the topic or online resources.
You can get your own anxiety under control by reading some of the many excellent self-help books that inform you about anxiety and how to deal with it. By reading and studying fear, you will gain the knowledge and understanding to deal with your own fears as and when they arise in your life. Three books we recommend: Feeling Good, Feeling Scared… and doing it anyway, and a guide to sensible living.
3. Medical marijuana
Some people use medical marijuana to relieve anxiety and report that it is very effective in reducing the anxiety response. MMJ against anxiety can calm a person’s mind and put his mind at rest. Marijuana also often induces a sense of positivity and helps you fall asleep. A word of warning: Some patients report the opposite and say they find that MMJ can increase anxiety in certain circumstances, so be careful to determine if it works for you.
TerreDiCannabis image on Pixabay : Medical marijuana for anxiety can be very effective.
4. Physical activity
Exercise is a great way to reduce anxiety. The endorphins released during exercise have a very calming effect and make you feel happy and positive. Exercise is also good for physical health and improves sleep quality. When we sleep well and are healthy, we are less prone to anxiety.
Meditation seems to be hell for many! That’s because they believe that in meditation you have to stop thinking. But nothing is less true! In fact, the opposite is true.
Meditation consists of observing thoughts. It’s about showing that your thoughts are not your doing, that they are generated by your brain. This is to show you that you don’t have to be held hostage by the output of your brain.
When you meditate, you can begin to detach from thoughts and see them as objects that appear in your mind and then disappear. This can lead to your anxious thoughts not being taken as seriously as before.
How to obtain a medical marijuana card
The best way to get a medical marijuana anxiety card is to go to MMJRecs online clinic and see a MMJ doctor in your state. A MMJ doctor will examine you and determine if your anxiety can be treated with medical marijuana. Once eligibility is confirmed, the doctor will immediately email you a form certifying that you can legally use marijuana.
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