You Are Not Alone

      Anxiety is at epidemic proportions in the United States. Many people are suffering with, at the very least, a low level of  anxiety that is detrimental to their health. When anxiety interferes with happiness and a plentiful life, it needs to be treated. Here are some options:

 

Medications:

 

      Many people don't like medications and resist taking them, but they are an effective option. If you had diabetes, would you argue about taking insulin? For many people, especially those who have a family history of anxiety, the illness emerges due to a chemical imbalance in the brain. Simply put, some people's brains do not absorb an adequate amount of serotonin, a feel-good hormone, which can lead to anxiety or depression. There's nothing shameful or unusual about that; nobody has the perfect mix of brain chemistry.  So---consider medications. At least think of them with an open mind.

 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT):

 

      This form of talk therapy helps you reconsider things that are bothering you about life or yourself. When you fall into a pattern of being overly worried and concerned, you create a cycle of anxiety that can lead to depression and back to anxiety and---well---its not fun.

 

     

      CBT is highly effective in helping people rebuild positive programming into that wonderful computer known as the human brain. When negativity and worry harm the neural connections of the brain, you need to basically defragment your brain. As worry leads you to "fill in the blanks" about life's happenings and cause you even more worry, you can change what fills in those blanks with positive self-thought and encouragement from others.

 

 

 

     

 

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