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Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety Disorder
What Is Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety or nervousness in a situation is normal. However, in cases wherein the person feels anxious and tensed all the time and his daily routine is hindered, is something one needs to be cautious of. In case of an anxiety disorder, the person remains tensed and worried all the time and anticipates the worst to happen. A number of reasons can cause anxiety amongst youngsters and adults.

What Triggers Anxiety ?

  • Family history of anxiety disorders
  • Stress
  • Gender; Women are at an increased risk
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol and substance abuse
  • Lack of social connections or loneliness
  • Personal reasons such as poverty, job stress and other such reasons
  • Acute emotional or mental illness such as depression/ phobia
  • Happenings in the past (especially during childhood)

How Would You Know If You Have Anxiety Disorder ?

  • In case of anxiety, you shall feel tired, restless, worried and complain of frequent pains in your body.
  • You may always get a feeling that something undesirable/ harmful is about to happen
  • Muscle tension, headaches and backaches are common
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Unable to focus or concentrate
  • Episodes of hot flashes
  • Insomnia

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • The doctor may ask you questions/ symptoms and ask you for your medical history. He may then suggest a few tests to rule out the presence of illnesses that could be bringing out the symptoms.
  • There are no specific laboratory tests to diagnose anxiety as such.
  • Once diagnosed, the doctor may suggest lifestyle changes along with medications. You may be prescribed with anti-depressants to manage the associated symptoms.
  • He may also recommend psychotherapy (a type of counselling) that shall help you in case of any emotional problem.
  • You may also choose to try relaxation techniques such as meditation, tai chi and yoga. They have been found to benefit many with anxiety disorder.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Anxiety ?

Yes, along with lifestyle changes, you can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms:
1. Tulsi
Ingredients: Tulsi, Honey, Water
Ways to Use:

You can either add a few leaves of tulsi to your daily tea in the morning/ evening. You may also choose to boil tulsi leaves in a cup of water and add honey to it for flavor.

2. Cardamom (Elaichi)
Ingredients: Cardamom (Elaichi) , Warm Water
Ways to Use:

Add half a teaspoon of powdered cardamom to a cup of water. Bring it to boil. You can sip this through out the day. Or you may also choose to add cardamom to your daily cup of tea and enjoy its endless benefits.

3. Chamomile
Ingredients: Chamomile , Water
Ways to Use:

Best known for its calming properties, chamomile is available as supplements and can also be enjoyed in the form of tea.

4. Lavender Oil
Ingredients: Lavender Oil
Ways to Use:

Lavender oil has been proven to reduce anxiety. You may choose to add this oil to your diffusers placed in your bedroom or workplace station. You can also pray it near your bed before you go to sleep.

To get the best out of you, keep all the stress and anxiety away. Be calm and patient and practice mindful meditation along with other relaxation techniques.

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