How to Get Rid of Anxiety and Depression
According to The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), more than 40 million adults of US population are suffering from Anxiety with at least one symptom of Depression. It is only half of these people who seek a treatment, but still have already suffered for an average of seven years before really getting any medical help.
Anxiety and Depression are concordant to several psychiatric disorders like, GAD, SAD, PD,Specific Phobias, OCD, PSTD, major Depressive Disorder,and PDD.
The symptoms of Anxiety and Depression may manifest as loss of interest in daily activities, loss of concentration, mood swings, and apathy. Symptoms may be physical like, a lack or increase in appetite with concomitant weight gain or loss, and generalized aches and pains. There may be Insomnia or an excess of Sleep.
Long standing Different Stresses of daily life, lead to a state of Anxiety, which develops certain symptoms. The long-standing symptoms of anxiety, earns, the label of Depression, which in turn take a toll on one’s Mental and Physical health with a persistent wound up feelings or repetitive physical manifestations.
An up surge in screen time, has deprived people of in-person social interactions, causing a sense of isolation and loneliness, which propels the social media user towards anxiety and depression three times faster than a minimal user.
Under rating themselves is a very common condition the sufferers of Depression would develop. when out of their domain they feel under a microscope, which unconsciously forces them to retract from the society. Over a period,negative thoughts about the world, themselves and future develop.Ultimately shrinking their world around them to a strangulating degree, resulting usually into, very unpleasant and challenging out comes.
What else is usually brought upon by Anxiety and Depression?
The following health issues have usually been found co-occurring with Anxiety and Depression.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Adult ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactive disorder)
BDD (body dysmorphic disorder)
An early recognition; of the problemwith professional help can prevent hitting a rock bottom and may enable them to re-grasp the life of happiness and fulfilment.
Reading through all this, one is compelled to ask an obvious question, thatwhy some people suffer from the anxiety and depressionwhile a multitude of others take all the mistreatments of life in a normal stride without sufferings?
According to world Health Organization
There are multiple Factors which individually or in combination may play a role. These may include:
Chronic pain and Illness.
Early Trauma and Abuse.
Stress, Conflict, and Grief.
Social Media, Lifestyle Factors.
Prescription Medications. (Antidepressant themselves can cause Depression. Other drugs causing depression include the Statins,Accutane, Beta-Blockers, and Corticosteroids)
Western Medical Treatment of Anxiety and Depression
Include two major approaches;
Cognitive behavioral therapy.
Has been found to be of help when used in combination with mainstream western medications. The main purpose of the therapy is to teach the patient to focus on the good in their life and to appreciate their abilities rather than their shortcomings. The therapy intends to makethem realize that they are so much better off in life than millions of others.
2-Anti-Anxiety and Anti-Depressant Medications.
These medications are the main Arsenal used by the Western Medicine to treat theAnxiety and depression. The medication may be prescribed for very long periods of time and must be continued for months, even after the symptoms of disease are no longer evident. Having said that there is no guarantee that any later stimulus after ceasing medications will not trigger back the Symptoms of anxiety and Depression again, which means a long-lasting bout of medications yet another time. That is why some people tend to fall victims of this never-ending vicious cycles and develop an addiction to these drugs.
This flimsy control of Anxiety and Depression is not without the Side effects of the drugs used for the treatment.
Side effects of Anti-Depressant and Anxiolytics:.
Certain antidepressants have been issued a Black Box Warning by FDAas these have been identified to cause Suicidal Tendencies in teens and young Adults.
There is a long list of side effects caused by Anxiolytic and Anti-Depressant medications including;
Nausea, Dry Mouth, Blurred Vision,VenousThromboembolism, Birth defects, Akathisia (Body restlessness compelling need of keep moving, Increased tendency to Suicide. Aggression, Dramatic Weight Gain, Decreased Sex Drive, Erectile Dysfunction, Inability to Orgasm, Insomnia, Constipation, Liver Failure, sudden Cardiac Death, Increased risk of Bone Fractures
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Anxiety/ Depression
According to Chinese Traditional Medicine, An Energy called Qi is flowing through the Body. Whenever there is a disturbance in the normal flow of this Qi, through Meridians, a physical or emotional ailment or both together, may result. To treat these Ailments, an Acupuncturist Uses thin sterilized Needle insertion on specific Acupuncture Points on these Meridians and winsback the fine Balance of Qi flow, which brings back the Body and Mind into a State of Peace and Harmony, Alleviating the Symptoms of Anxiety, Stress and Depression.
Any side effect with Needles can only be a slight discomfort, unlike unescapable side effects of Western Medicines.If natural Herbal Supplements are prescribed along Needles, even those are safe in the hands of a qualified Herbalist.
In addition to be independent of Side effects, unlike Western Medicines, Acupuncture does Calms the Mind without interfering with the ability to Drive Safely and performing Daily functions of life.
Some Western Medical Researcher consider it “A Placebo Effect” (Mind Over Body Effect) rather than a true treatment. Even this concept serves to Favor Acupuncture, because the patients take it positively that it is their own mind helping the body to Heal, (rather than Synthetic Medicines with terrifying side Effects), just like Hypnosis which is a scientifically Accepted modality of treatment in Western Medicine.
Treatment with Western Medicines!
When being treated by western Medicines, followings are what a patient gets:
Prolonged periods of treatment.
Compromised physical and mental Faculties, duringand after treatment.
C-All the side effects of Synthetic Medicines.
D-Usual Relapse of Symptoms.
E- Looming Chances of Addiction.
F-Increase in Suicidal thoughts and tendency.
Treatment with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbs!
But when being treated by Acupuncture patient gets:
No compromised physical or mental abilities during or after treatment
No side effects like western medicines.
Remapping of brain response to tense stimuli and a better connectivity with the world around.
No Relapses at all or mildest symptoms if any.
Improvement in general body functions due to a Holistic Aproach.
National Institute of Mental Health
World Health Organization: Mental Health