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Why Anxiety Is An Overlooked Mental Disorder (And 5 Tips To Treat It)

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Why Anxiety Is An Overlooked Mental Disorder (And 5 Tips To Treat It)

Fear can be evoked by an infinite number of situations, scenarios, thoughts, and / or biochemical reactions. It’s a feeling everyone experiences from time to time, and yet each person’s fear feels different.

Fear can be triggered in one person by a scenario that another person would find completely harmless. Each person has their own set of anxiety triggers. It is often not possible to really know why a person is afraid in a particular situation. What seems certain, however, is that it is the importance a person ascribes to a situation or thought that arouses the fear, not the objective situation itself.

Fear is a word. It is a label that we use that indicates a feeling, an emotion, a psycho-physical state. The condition is somewhat amorphous, although it has symptoms that most people can relate to. Each of us knows when we have the uncomfortable feeling of calling fear.

Anxiety can be a slight irritation or an all-encompassing, devouring, debilitating tornado. It can be felt chronically over the days and years (and decades), or it can suddenly and without warning scream into a person’s current experience and render them inoperable.

Here’s why anxiety is an overlooked mental disorder and what you can do to treat it.

Image by pixundführer on Pixabay: MMJ can be used to treat anxiety.

Anxiety is an overlooked mental disorder

Anxiety is one of the most overlooked mental disorders. It is often underdiagnosed, discharged, or mistaken for something else. Since anxiety occurs fairly regularly in its mild form in the vast majority of people, there is a perception that it is not that big a deal and that it is not necessarily worth seeking treatment.

Unfortunately, fear is sometimes associated with a stigma. Some people don’t want to admit that they feel anxious because they associate fear with weakness. The ill-informed notion that fear is shameful or a sign of weakness has done great harm in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety often includes some or all of the following symptoms:

Racing thoughts Uncomfortable physical sensations Headache or nausea Concerns and negative predictionsIreritabilityDespressive thinkingPhysical tensionSweatingShakingInsomniaTirednessDifficulty concentrating and concentrating

How to Treat Anxiety

The good news is that there are several effective ways to manage your anxiety if you are suffering from anxiety that is negatively affecting your quality of life.

Here are five tips for treating anxiety.

1. Cognitive behavioral therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy, commonly known as CBT, is a form of therapy that has been shown to be very effective in combating anxiety disorders. CBT focuses on examining a person’s thoughts and beliefs that create fear and finding out if they are actually correct. CBT also prioritizes implementing new, healthier behaviors that will show you that you can live fully despite fear, or even get rid of fear completely.

CBT is best done with the help of a qualified therapist. Alternatively, you can implement CBT strategies yourself using books on the subject or online resources.

2. Reading

You can manage your own anxiety by reading some of the many excellent self help books that will teach you how to be anxious and how to fight it. Reading and learning about fear will give you the knowledge and understanding that will enable you to deal with your own fear as it arises in the course of life. Three books that we recommend are: Feeling good, feeling fear … and doing it anyway and a guide to a rational life.

3. Medical marijuana

Some people use medical marijuana for anxiety and report that it is very effective for dampening the anxiety response. MMJ for anxiety can calm a person and calm the mind. Marijuana also often induces a positive feeling and enables sleep. A word of caution: some patients report the opposite, saying that MMJ can increase anxiety under certain circumstances. So be careful when you determine if it works for you.

MMJRecs - Growing CannabisImage by TerreDiCannabis from Pixabay: Medical marijuana for anxiety can be very effective.

4. Exercise

Exercise is a great way to relieve anxiety. The endorphins released during exercise have a very calming effect and make people feel happy and positive. Exercise is also good for physical health and improves the quality of sleep. When we slept well and are healthy, we are less prone to anxiety.

5. Meditation

Meditation seems to be hell to many people! This is because they believe that in meditation you should keep yourself from thinking. But nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, it is the opposite.

Meditation is when you watch the thinking happen. It is supposed to show that your thoughts are not what you are doing, but are generated by the brain. It’s meant to show you that you don’t need to be held hostage by the power of your brain.

As you meditate, you can begin to detach yourself from thinking and see thoughts as objects that arise and then disappear into your consciousness. This can prevent you from taking your anxious thoughts as seriously as you used to.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card

The best way to get a medical marijuana anti-anxiety card is to go to the MMJRecs online clinic and schedule a consultation with an MMJ doctor in your state. The MMJ doctor will examine you and see if medical marijuana can treat your anxiety. Once your eligibility is confirmed, the doctor will immediately send you an email with a legal marijuana doctor certification form.

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Beth Edmonds