Anxiety and Medication
Do you ever get that out feeling in your stomach for no apparent reason? Or feel that there is an impending doom, which affects your sleep, eating habits and just in general, your life. Whenever this happened to me, I ran to the computer, googled my symptoms and literally thought I was just going to die. My chest would feel heavy as if I couldn’t inhale, I would get nauseous and almost feel weakness throughout my body. I felt trapped in time and a minute felt like 10 years. This is anxiety that turned into panic attacks. Anxiety comes in many forms, it can be the pit in the stomach to breathing changes and it affects each individual differently.
Why do we get anxiety?
– Our body is in a fight or flight mode. We just want to survive, but sometimes our body can’t turn off our survival mode! So, we get start getting stressed out by the most minuscule things. We start to change and our brain wants to avoid anything that triggers this survival mode.
What are symptoms of anxiety?
-There are so many symptoms! The list goes on and on with shortness of breath, impending doom, loss of appetite, can’t sleep and much, much more!
How to treat anxiety??
This question ranges from meditation, chiropractic, and medication. We often assume medication is the only route to help, but start to see the effects of these drugs. I know you’re like “WAIT, why is a chiropractor talking about medication, they have no idea!”
Give me the facts!
More studies are showing that more and more individuals are taking medication, but more and more people are being diagnosed and are still dealing with anxiety. In America, over 40 million people struggle with anxiety. That is a scary number. Also, sidenote this doesn’t include depression, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder and etc. More and more medication is coming out, and yet, not a lot of people are getting any relief from it. Not only are people not getting relief, but you can also get added symptoms like MORE anxiety, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, and 80 percent will have a decrease in sexual drive! SO, trying to get any relief can sometimes cause other symptoms. As a young teenager, I was given Zoloft to help with my anxiety, yet my anxiety persisted along with significant weight loss. I was also one of the unfortunate that gets the side effect of SUICIDE IDEATION. Yes, it is an actual symptom and a terrifying one as well! It took years to feel like myself again without the struggle with crippling anxiety. We often become desensitized about the symptoms and are at a loss on what to do next when they show up to the part. I get it, I have been there and all I wanted was some sort of relief, but the only relief I got was understanding my body physiologically and going on a journey to defeat my anxiety.
I thought medications were my lucky way out in all honesty, but it turned out as for many it became my biggest crutch and I became dependent on it. I felt that I NEEDED it in order to succeed in this world as a NORMAL individual, but that isn’t true. There are other options to help! Living with anxiety is a hard way to live, but I have found ways to not only deal with it, but also increase my threshold of not getting it so easily.
Chiropractic! There is more and more research coming out that says Chiropractic can help because significant research is coming out of the woodworks to help understand depression, anxiety and more. (Our last journal describes WHY it helps). Many people are starting to go to clinical psychologists that specialize in areas to help YOUR journey. People can also do Yoga, meditation and more!
There is hope and there are other options.