Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Anxiety & Stress

 

Overview

Anxiety & Stress consist of any unpleasant emotional disturbance arising due to anticipated real or unreal dangers or thoughts. These trigger a variety of psychological and physiological reactions, which are usually manifested as palpitations, weakness, sweating, anger, irritability, trembling, feeling of danger, apprehension and altered respiration.

 

Causes

The causes of anxiety & stress may largely depend on genetic factors, brain chemistry and environmental stress factors. Family history may play a part in a person developing anxiety & stress. This condition may also be due to abnormal levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. If these are out of balance, the messages cannot get through to the brain properly and this can alter the way the brain reacts leading to anxiety and stress. Trauma and stressful events such as abuse, ill health, death of a loved one, financial problems, family conflicts, divorce, unemployment or change of jobs and a feeling of insecurity may also lead to stress. Stress may arise in children and adolescents who want to be perfect and ‘fit in’ which could lead to unnecessary worry.

 

Symptoms

The common symptoms may be excessive ongoing worry and tension, loss of appetite, muscle pains, headaches, sweating, frequent visits to the bathroom, tiredness, trembling and sleep disorders. A person suffering with anxiety and stress could blow problems out of proportion and feel restless, edgy and keyed up. Other indications may be nausea, diarrhoea, skin problems, rapid heartbeat and difficulty in concentration. People with anxiety & stress may have other disorders such as panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and drug or alcohol abuse.  Youngsters suffering with stress could show symptoms of a lack of confidence and they may need approval or even reassurance for their performance whether at school or in sports. 

 

Diagnosis

The evaluation by the doctor usually involves a complete medical history and physical examination of the patient. The evaluation is done by asking a series of questions to specifically diagnose the anxiety disorder. During diagnosis, the doctor may involve a psychiatrist, a clinical psychologist or any mental health professional for a thorough evaluation of the condition. If the doctor suspects any medical condition that could be the cause, tests may be ordered to identify the problem.

 

Treatment

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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