As some of you may know, I am one of three presenters for a group called "New Leaf Workshops" where we provide 3 perspectives on a variety of health and mental health topics the last Tuesday of every month at Goodness Me in Barrie.
Last night, our talk was on "Overcoming Fears and Anxiety", and it had a great turn out! Unfortunately, however, what this means is that many people are suffering from anxieties and fears that hold them back in life, and prevent them from doing things they would like too.
I believe a large reason for the high amount of anxiety we have as a society, comes from the way we view anxiety.
In the medical system, for decades, anxiety has been viewed as an imbalance in brain chemistry, like many other mental health conditions are. However, we know there is so much more too it than that.
Anxiety is what we call "multifactorial" - multiple factors can cause, trigger, or worsen anxiety. However, more often than not, medications which do not address these multiple factors, are prescribed. These medications, while can be useful in the short term, do not often treat what is really going on.
To give you some perspective on this, let's take a look at the wide range of things that can contribute to anxiety:
As you can see, anxiety is not one thing. Anxiety is a state of physical, mental, and emotional discomfort which often focus on future, or potential problems or situations.
Just as a situation can create emotions, leading to thoughts, leading to physiological changes, leading to a change in behaviour; physiological changes in the body can lead to sensation, leading to thoughts, to emotions, to behaviours. Anxiety is not a linear, straight forward experience, it is a complex cycle.
The good news is, with so many factors involved, there are many opportunities to intervene - to break the cycle!
Here are a few examples!
If you're suffering from anxiety, you are not alone! But - your experience and the reasons for your anxiety may be very different from someone else.
Personalized approaches work best for mental health.
If you need assistance, seek out Naturopathic Medicine and/or Counselling to help address your unique needs, find short term relief, and develop long term solutions!
Yours in health,
Naturopathic Doctor, Mental Health Practitioner
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