Having seen a large number of patients who claim to suffer from anxiety it would seem that it is not a very well understood disorder and so this article will hopefully shed some light upon this diagnosis.
Anxiety or anxiousness is a sensation we can feel daily, it is how the body reacts to stressful situations. It is generally when these feelings last for longer than six months (more often than not) that a diagnosis can be properly made (according to biomedicine).
Classification goes further to break the diagnosis into specific categories including:
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Social Phobia
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
(These are likely to change with every new edition of the DSM).
Though they are classified differently they do all share similar physical symptoms which include:
- clammy hands
- muscle aches or tension
- digestive upset
The list goes on and some people can suffer from all of these or just a few.
Interestingly there has been research that shows some patients have a genetic disposition that sees them tend towards anxiety. These studies present generational cases of anxiety with advancements in science discovering that any traumatic events that occur (from car accidents to break ups) can alter genetic code permanently.
As mentioned above panic disorder is a type of anxiety that a person can suffer from and it is more commonly known as panic attacks; these will be explored in another article.
What can be done?
Chinese medicine and Acupuncture can definitely assist you with the feelings of anxiety and the symptoms associated with it. As discussed in a previous article (difference between Chinese Medicine and biomedicine), a Chinese Medicine practitioner uses a different system of diagnosis and as such can approach treatment from a different angle.
Anxiety falls into the field of psychoemotional health care (a branch of Chinese Medicine) and well trained practitioners look at the disorder according to constitution, lifestyle and the emotional state regarding interaction between organs.
Lifestyle plays a major role in anxiety as emotional stress (be it professional or social), irregular diet and overwork can all be contributing factors. These things should be addressed for the fastest results.
In summary, anxiety or feelings of anxiousness are not uncommon however it is when such feelings exist for over a six month period (more often than not) that a diagnosis is made. This does not mean you ought to wait for that time frame, early intervention means easier management so seek out a registered Chinese Medicine practitioner today.