My daughter tells me all the time that I do not understand Anxiety. She’s correct. I do not truly understand it because I do not have Anxiety. This is probably true of anyone who does not have any type of illness or condition. This is why it is good that more people are opening up and talking about it.
So, to find out more to try to help, I went on line to find out exactly what she is trying to cope with.
Here is what I found in summary:
Anxiety is intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Symptoms may include – fast heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating and feeling tired.
Anxiety only is an indicator of underlying disease when feelings become excessive, all-consuming and interfere with daily life.
All of us have experienced a little anxiety. English class when you had to get up and give a speech/presentation. Taking a big test. Driving for the first time…driving on the expressway for the first time. Signing a mortgage. You all-of-a-sudden see those red flashing lights behind you (I know you know that one!) You get the idea. Now picture this feeling more intensified and longer lasting. Are you getting the picture? I am.
The only issue is that each person is different, which means they will be dealling with it differently and fighting it differently. So it’s a little trial and error. I am of the thought process that we start with natural remedies, such as meditation, essential oils, exercise, breathing techniques. When that doesn’t seem to help…then medication possibly. I think therapy will help everyone. A professional, non-biased individual who does know exactly what you are dealing with, right?
Another treatment which is a bit controversial is Cannabis Oil (CBD). It is legal. No one is going to walk around high. You can find it online or in health food stores. It is just a few drops under the tongue once a day. It is flavored with peppermint. So I will update you with this as we go. Also we are going to try a sleep formula of the oil to see if this helps my daughter get some well-needed sleep. Again updates to come. (https://my.kannaway.com/Kannaway/member_new/store/country.asp)
Below I have a few websites to check out to give better understanding to those battling Anxiety and their loved ones. I also am including some visuals to help as well.
Smarter Parenting – a site for parenting children who have Anxiety http://www.smarterparenting.com
9Health – A colorado-based non-profit http://www.9healthfair.org
National Institutes of Health http://www.mimh.nih.gov