First I want to say that I don’t have the cure, there may be a single cure but treatment based on the individual seems the way to go. The medical profession’s answer to Panic and Anxiety Disorder is to treat it with drugs. While that may be appropriate in some cases, it certainly isn’t always the best answer.
First off, if you have physical symptoms that you can’t handle, please consider seeing a family doctor before confronting your fears. Also, don’t discount this article if you don’t suffer from anxiety – there are likely to be other areas in which we could use a bit of courage. Finally, if your condition is severe, or they lead to panic attacks, please consider professional help. You see, anxiety ISN’T something we genetically inherit or an illness or disease we contract. Anxiety is something we produce. We produce anxiety by the way we’ve learned to live and interact in the world. GAD sufferers worry excessively about real life situations such as: finances, the health of family members, housework, being late for appointments and losing one’s job. Children tend to worry about their academic performance and/or sporting prowess or natural or man made disasters (e.g. September 11).
Although anxiety may be associated with modern living, it was also a common condition centuries ago. English settlers in North America–unfamiliar with stress as it is defined today– knew anxiety by a variety of names, including “nerves,” “hysteria,” and “the vapors.” Its sufferers were “worrywarts” and “nervous Nellies.”
It may be an issue if …
* You find yourself avoiding situations, places or people in order to avoid feeling anxious.
* You have chronic symptoms, such as tension, headaches, muscle aches, bowel trouble, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, stomach problems or dizziness.
* You have panic attacks (short, unexplained periods of intense fear or discomfort).
A potential cure for some may be Herbal Soothers: Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is a powerful herbal relaxation aid with no side effects that was found to be as effective as the anxiety-relieving drug oxazepam by researchers at Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran. You can find it in tincture or capsule form in health food stores.
When considering using natural anxiety cures, be sure to do your homework. Read all you can about what goes into the anxiety cure you’re considering using. If there are any records of clinical studies on the anxiety cure, be sure to read those.
And by cure I mean achieving a state where you no longer consider yourself to “have anxiety” or “have phobias”. You can live in exactly the care free manner those around you that you have come to envy do. That to me is the goal.