Anxiety is the body’s natural response to danger. It’s an automatic alarm that goes off when we feel threatened, under pressure, or are facing a stressful situation. In moderation, anxiety isn’t always a negative thing. It is normal to feel anxious when facing a challenging situation. Anxiety can actually help us to stay alert and focused and motivate us to work more efficiently and solve problems. But when anxiety is constant or worries/fears are overwhelming, and it interferes with daily activities and relationships, and/or causes physical distress or pain, it stops being functional and starts to turn into an anxiety disorder.
Not everyone who worries a lot has an anxiety disorder. You may be anxious because of an overly demanding schedule, lack of exercise or sleep, pressure at home or work, or even from too much coffee. The bottom line is that if your lifestyle is unhealthy and stressful, you’re more likely to feel anxious, whether or not you have an anxiety disorder.
Do you worry constantly?
Do you have an irrational fear?
Do you often experience physical pain or distress?
Does your anxiety interfere with your career, school, relationships, or responsibilities?
Do you avoid everyday situations or activities because they cause you anxiety?
Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders
Constant worry, irrational fear, edginess, irritability, restlessness, apprehension, avoidance, trouble concentrating, tension, dread, jumpiness, anticipating the worst, watching for/expecting danger
Pounding heart, upset stomach, headaches, fatigue, frequent urination/diarrhea, muscle tension, sweating, dizziness, twitching, tremors
Anxiety is a product of the body’s fight-or-flight response and comes with a wide range of physical symptoms. Thusly, anxiety sufferers often mistake their disorder for a medical illness and it may take a long time for their anxiety disorder to be diagnosed.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions rather than a single disorder. All anxiety disorders share one major symptom: a constant or extreme worry or fear in situations where there is no real threat.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
GAD is a chronic worry or fear distracting you from day-to-day activities or when you’re troubled by a persistent feeling that something bad is going to happen. Anxiety related to GAD often shows up as physical symptoms like insomnia, stomach upset, restlessness, and fatigue.
Panic Disorder (Anxiety Attacks)
Panic Disorder is characterized by repeated, unexpected panic attacks, as well as fear of experiencing another episode. They are sudden occurances of intense panic or fear that often strike without warning and are out of proportion to the individual’s present situation. There can be a trigger for the attack, but sometimes the attacks come out of nowhere. Symptoms can be so severe that the individual may believe that they are having a heart attack or that death is imminent. Anxiety attacks usually peak within ten minutes and rarely last more than thirty minutes. It may also be accompanied by agoraphobia, which is a fear of being in crowded places where escape or help would be difficult in the event of a panic attack. If you have agoraphobia, you are likely to avoid public places such as shopping malls or confined spaces such as an airplane.
Symptoms of anxiety/panic attacks may include chest pains, heart palpitations/racing heart, trouble breathing, choking sensation, hyperventilation, nausea, trembling, shaking, stomach cramps, sweatiness, chills, overwhelming panic, sense of terror, feeling faint, hot flashes, dizziness, weakness, tingling/numbness in hands/fingers, feeling loss of control, or feelings of going crazy.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is characterized by unwanted thoughts or behaviors that seem impossible to stop or control. If you have OCD, you may be troubled by obsessions, such as a recurring worry that you forgot to turn off the oven or that you might hurt someone. You may suffer from uncontrollable compulsions, such as constantly washing your hands or rechecking to ensure all doors are locked.
A phobia is an unrealistic or exaggerated fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that in reality presents little to no danger. Common phobias include fear of animals (e.g. spiders/snakes), fear of flying, and fear of heights. In the case of a severe phobia, you might go to extreme lengths to avoid the fear. Unfortunately and ironically, such avoidance strengthens the phobia.
Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder)
If you have a debilitating fear of being seen negatively by others and humiliated in public, you may have social anxiety disorder also known as social phobia. Social anxiety disorder can be thought of as extreme shyness. In severe cases, social situations are avoided altogether. Performance anxiety (stage fright) is the most common type of social phobia.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an extreme anxiety disorder that can occur in the aftermath of a traumatic or life-threatening event. PTSD can be thought of as a panic attack that rarely, if ever, lets up. Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks or nightmares about what happened, hyper vigilance, startling easily, withdrawing from others and avoiding situations that remind you of the event. PTSD is common among military service personnel who were exposed to traumatic events during their service.
Anxiety medications can be habit forming and cause unwanted side effects. Research your options. It’s important to weigh the benefits and risks so you can make an informed decision about whether anxiety medication is the right approach for you.
Laser Therapy Can Help Reduce or Eliminate Your Anxiety
To address your anxiety, at laserhealthservices.ca a certified laser technician will apply Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), otherwise known as a soft or cold laser, to release endorphins in your body naturally, using your own body chemistry. Endorphins are released in our bodies during exercise, excitement, pain and sexual activity. They are our body's natural pain killers. They help to reduce the sensation of pain and also help us to feel better emotionally. Stimulating specific points can initiate or alter reactions inside the body and help to reduce if not completely eliminate your anxiety.
As an added bonus, in addition to improvement in the condition they are seeking therapy for, due to the release of these natural pain killers in their bodies, many clients experience pain relief where they normally may have issues in areas such as headaches, neck, back, shoulders or knees.
Most targeted points are auricular (on the ears), while others may be on the head, face, hands, feet and limbs. This non-medical, non-invasive laser procedure is safe, extremely effective, and has been successfully applied to help clients relieve pain and control addictions, health disorders and conditions in Canada and the UK for more than 30 years.
Learn more about Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) on our ABOUT page
Anxiety Disorder Testimonials (clips):
"Although my anxiety had been manageable, I found that my challenging circumstances were causing some of my anxiety issues to surface. This was effecting my overall well-being during a period where I needed all the resilience I could muster. I am so glad that I sought laser treatment. I immediately felt relief. I would recommend treatment to anyone who suffers from anxiety issues."
"My symptoms included a constant anxious feeling, headaches, heart palpitations, and I exaggerated the impacts of normal day to day issues... I was impressed with the care that David took to ensure that I understood the treatment... I felt much better for going to be treated for a lengthy time period. David is a knowledgeable and caring practitioner and whatever your ailment is, it would be a good decision to go try these treatments."
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