Some people suffer from anxiety; they can have anxious feelings that don’t seem to have a clear cause, and those feelings don’t go away. Anxiety is a challenge that can make it harder for you to cope with every-day life. It is normally accompanied by a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional symptoms. It is a good thing that the best naturopathic practitioners can help you manage issues associated with anxiety.
Anxiety sensitivity can develop from anxiety. In this sensitivity, you can have an excessive fear or sense of foreboding of anxiety symptoms. You can be concerned that the symptoms of anxiety will link to other negative things including harmful physical, mental, or socially traumatic outcomes.
Anxiety: Links to Health
The complication that comes with anxiety sensitivity is that this worry about anxiety symptoms can cause other problems. It has been linked to:
- An increased fear of symptoms, which increases sensitivity to the sensation of pain and can lead to a fear of pain. This can exacerbate chronic pain and feed into a situation where anxiety and fear of pain feed into and reinforce each other.
- Avoidance of healthy activities such as exercise due to concerns associated with changes in heart rate and breathing.
- Engaging in negative health behaviours such as drinking, smoking, and substance use to dull the anxiety or avoid experiencing symptoms linked to anxiety.
Anxiety: Chronic Health Conditions
All of this means that in the attempt to avoid the symptoms that they associate with an anxiety attack, and avoiding the worry over those symptoms, people end up doing themselves further harm. They come to fear the potential of anxiety and make choices – that help them avoid that potential – that are detrimental to their health.
Avoiding things out of worry increases their risk of developing chronic health conditions, including high blood pressure, elevated cortisol, and immune dysfunction. All of which can develop further into other health conditions.
Anxiety Sensitivity: Naturopathic Considerations
If any of this sounds like something you, or someone you know, is familiar with, consider seeing a naturopathic practitioner for further support. They will be able to provide dietary and lifestyle advice. Additionally, depending on your holistic health picture, they may prescribe herbs and nutritional supplements to help support your nervous system and any other systems that might need additional support.
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