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Anxiety is considered normal if a person is reacting to a specific stressor. The surge of adrenaline or cortisol in a person’s blood stream enables the individual’s body to rise to the new challenge. However, if one is constantly fearful or worried this could indicate an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can stem from a psychological state or a physiological condition. Some individuals may have hormonal imbalances or neurotransmitter imbalances that cause feelings of anxiety.
Anxiety can arise suddenly. Panic disorders are characterized by chest pain, sensations of choking, dizziness, fear of dying, fear of losing control, flushing, chills, nausea, abdominal distress, numbness, palpitations, sweating, trembling, or shaking. Not all patients exhibit every symptom during a panic attack neurotransmitters and using other natural calming agents.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is excessive daily anxiety lasting more than 6 months. It is twice as common in women than men and usually begins during adolescence, but may begin at any age. The anxiety is so great it is difficult to control. A person with generalized anxiety disorder experiences 3 or more of the following symptoms: restlessness, unusual fatigue, difficulty in concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, and disturbed sleep.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder in which an overwhelming traumatic event is re-lived mentally, causing intense fear, helplessness, horror and a desire to avoid any stimuli associated with the trauma. PTSD is prevalent in combat veterans or victims of criminal violence.
Anxiety may be secondary to physical disorders. The list of potential secondary disorders is long, but some of them include cardiovascular disorders (heart arrhythmias), endocrine disorders (overactive adrenal or thyroid), and respiratory disorders (asthma).
Anxiety may be caused by drug use as well. Conventional medicine uses behavior therapy or benzodiapines for treatment of anxiety. However, many people have experienced success by balancing their neurotransmitters and using other natural calming agents.
We operate as a complete organism with a connection between the mind and the body. Much research is currently being done in the field of psychoneuroimmunology to gain a better understanding of how our bodies affect our minds and vice versa. At GIM, we treat the whole person – mind and body. We endeavor to have every patient feeling well and experiencing health holistically: not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.
Dr. Matesa Pringle is a naturopathic physician who practices in Mesa, Arizona. She employs alternative medicine as well as traditional medicine and serves the East Valley cities of Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, Tempe, Apache Junction, Queen Creek, Phoenix, and even has some patients who travel from the West Valley!
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