Anxiety is thought to be one of the most common mental health problems in Australia, with statistics showing that one in four people will suffer from anxiety at some stage in their life.
Everyone recognises the symptoms of anxiety, such as a racing heart rate, difficulty breathing and tight chest, as these are our body’s natural response to a stressful event, which usually resolve once the event has passed.
But for people suffering from anxiety this can be just the tip of the iceberg. Symptoms can become overwhelming, impacting every aspect of their life, including relationships, work and family. It can lead to withdrawal and isolation in an attempt to minimise stress.
The causes of anxiety are multifactorial, and nearly always involve chronic stress, or an acute, traumatic stressful event. Our genetic hardwiring also plays a role and polymorphisms of genes affecting adrenal and liver function and methylation can be influencing factors.
Thanks to several high profile Australian’s openly talking about their experience with mental health problems, people are more likely to acknowledge and seek help.
Natural medicine has a lot to offer people suffering from anxiety and treatments can be tailored to compliment standard medical therapy if required. Like any complex condition, the key to recovery lies in a multifaceted approach which includes, counselling psychology, stress management, regular appropriate exercise and being well nourished and well rested. Supporting adrenal function, nervous system health and neurotransmitter production (where appropriate) with herbal and nutritional medicine can also be very beneficial.
We are an integrative clinic and strive to work with your general practitioner, psychologist or psychiatrist to provide a wholsitic model of care, so you get the best results.
If you would like natural medicine support for anxiety please contact the clinic to make an appointment