Symptom of anxiety can include one or more of these:
• Heart palpitations, heart beating quite fast,
• Frequently concerned about heart palpitations, afraid of having a heart attack,
• Irregular heartbeat and shortness of breath,
• Allergy symptoms (indoor allergies, outdoor allergies or food allergies),
• Chest pain, chest tightness,
• Fear of being alone, fear of being ill, fear of travelling and having to deal with any type of problem or event…etc…
• Sweaty palms, shortness of breath, breathing problems,
• Avoiding places or situations that makes one feel anxious even if there is no reason to have this symptom of anxiety,
• Headaches, muscle tension, body aches, back pain and stiffness,
• Craving sweets, chocolate and sugar,
• Distress, apprehension, agitation, fear of being alone,
• Sleep disorders, difficulty to fall asleep, irregular sleeping hours, crazy dreams,
• Wide fluctuation of blood sugar levels,
• Waking up several times during the night, may feel the worst when you wake up,
• Dry mouth, flushed face and skin, excessive perspiration,
• Illogical fears, phobias, excessive worry, pacing when concerned, concerns and worries that are difficult to manage,
• Feelings of panic and panic attacks,
• Obsessive and compulsive behaviors – for example taking your blood pressure 20 or 30 times per day,
• Low self-esteem and shaking,
• Difficulty concentrating, gets overwhelmed very quickly, some short-term memory loss, expecting the worst possible scenario,
• Chronic fatigue, low energy and tired,
• Trembling, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,
• Low confidence, terrified, very concerned about what other people think of you, irritable,
• Biting your fingernails, picking your skin, tension and out of control behavior.
The hormone responsible for this response is called adrenaline or epinephrine, but this hormone can not be used very frequently without consequences. If you use epinephrine or adrenaline too frequently, eventually your body will experience imbalance and the adrenal medulla becomes exhausted.
When epinephrine is released in the body – because you are under a great deal of stress – several things occur quickly in the body. Your heart will speed up, blood will flood the heart, the lungs, the muscles and the brain.
Blood will move away from the digestive system, sugar gets dumped into the blood in large quantities creating temporary quick energy and breathing gets faster.
Any situation that provokes a fight or flight response are called stressors. In modern life, we experience plenty of stress – traffic jams, busy schedules, difficult and stressful jobs, lousy relationships, moving to a new city and so forth.
In the business world, your epinephrine or adrenaline is often overused and over stimulated – and the problem is that epinephrine should only be used in emergencies for short bursts of intense energy.
The adrenal cortex hormones are considered essential for life. Animals with the adrenal glands removed will only survive in an environment with proper nutrition and freedom from stress.
Let’s assume that you have had a minor car accident and you experienced heart palpitations, stomach knots, nausea, trembling and sweaty palms during and immediately after the accident.
If two months later, you are experiencing these same symptoms after you enter your car, you are having a symptom of anxiety and anxiety attacks.
If you happen to be sweating profusely in social situations, then you might have a symptom of anxiety. This constant sweating can be a serious problem for a person with anxiety disorder and a very negative blow to their self-esteem.
This sweating might also affect those around you into thinking that you don’t take good care of yourself hygienically which can be a problem, especially at a club or bar or other social setting. Fear and stress seems to follow the anxious person, even if the situation is not really a stressful one.
People with anxiety disorder fear certain situations, places and people because they become very uncomfortable and anxious. These situations and persons may trigger panic attacks and conflicts…and in most cases these fears are illogical and unfounded.
Anxiety as an actual constant psychological state is different from anxiety here and there. Most people affected by anxiety disorder are constantly worried about what is going to happen next.
You will know that your anxiety is at its boiling point when it begins to affect your everyday life. People with severe anxiety can end up driving family and friends away and generally prefer to remain alone. Seeing a psychologist to tackle issues related to anxiety and unpleasant past experiences may also be a good idea.
Generally, most people who have mild or severe anxiety disorders should seek a doctor or psychiatrist for help, though keep in mind that taking prescription medications does not always effectively stop anxiety. Some of these medications may also have very unpleasant side effects and health consequences.
Taking SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) like Lexapro, fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), Zoloft, etc and SNRI (Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors) – like Cymbalta and venlafaxine (Effexor) are antidepressants intended to increase the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine.
SNRI (Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors) side effects include:
• Changes in appetite
• Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
• Abnormal and vivid dreams
• Dry mouth
• Gas, intestinal problems
• Abnormal vision, blurred vision
• Sexual dysfunction and low sex drive
If you are taking SNRIs and you have an history of high blood pressure and heart problems, you should discuss it with your doctor immediately for possibly discontinuing the medication. SNRI called venlafaxine (Effexor) can also increase cholesterol levels, blood pressure and give you heart failure.
SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) side effects include:
• Diarrhea and intestinal gas and problems
• Agitation and irritability
• Increased sweating
• Weight gain
• Difficulty sleeping (insomnia) and disruption of the sleep cycle
• Sexual dysfunction, low sex drive, inability to have orgasm
Is there a natural anxiety medication to help with symptom of anxiety and anxiety attacks…
First of all, if you are currently taking medications and would like to use a more holistic approach to anxiety disorders and symptom of anxiety without the side effects, you may consider finding a holistic medical doctor that is qualified and located near you.
There are several natural anxiety treatments that are successful with symptom of anxiety. Here are examples:
Acupuncture has had success with treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders.
Omega-3 supplementation can help with depression, anxiety, memory and mood support. A great source of Omega-3 is a high-quality fish oil.
Here’s a highly-rated natural supplement to consider: