Everyone experiences the occasional episode of anxiety at some point in his or her life. However, there are some people who have recurrent episodes of anxiety that causes intense worry and fear that something negative or bad will happen. Frequently these anxiety attacks lead to feelings of fear or extreme terror that reach a peak in several minutes and then subside. Almost all the individuals affected by such anxiety and panic attacks state they have no control over their emotions. To counter these symptoms, many people affected by anxiety and panic attacks become withdrawn and avoid situations or places that provoke such symptoms. Most people develop anxiety and panic attacks early in childhood but the symptoms often worsen, as they become adults.
There are several types of anxiety states which include social anxiety (also known as social phobia), separation anxiety disorder and then there is a whole list of phobias that people can develop. Sometimes people can have more than one type of anxiety. Rarely anxiety may result as a result of a medication (theophylline).
What are symptoms of anxiety?
– Feel restless, tense, and nervous
– Having a feeling that something bad is going to happen or a sense of doom and danger.
– Fast heart rate or palpitations.
– Profuse sweating
– Rapid breathing or panting
– Difficulty concentrating
– Feel fatigued
– Inability to sleep
– Having diarrhea or loose bowel movements
– Unable to stop worrying
When to see a healthcare provider
If the above symptoms are recurrent and affect the quality of life, one needs to see a healthcare provider.
Anyone who worries too much, is unable to control the anxiety or panic, and has thoughts about self-harm should also see a healthcare provider.
What causes anxiety?
The exact cause of anxiety is not known but it is believed that certain life experience, childhood trauma, and a family history may be playing a role.
There are some medical causes of anxiety like the use of certain medications and overactive thyroid gland, diabetes, asthma, drug abuse, withdrawals from alcohol or other sedative medications.
One group that is prone to high levels of anxiety are those with irritable bowel syndrome.
Stress is certainly a cause of anxiety
Finally, there are some personalities that are prone to anxiety (depression).
What are complications of anxiety?
If anxiety is left untreated it can lead to emotional and physical problems. One can become depressed, withdrawn, and socially isolated. Others may turn to alcohol and substance abuse, have difficulty sleeping and may not be able to function in daily life. Thoughts of self-harm are not uncommon in people with untreated anxiety.
How is anxiety treated?
If there is no medical cause then the treatment of anxiety is done with medications and/or psychotherapy. Both these treatments are long term and neither is cheap. In addition, the medications are expensive and also have numerous side effects. Patients who do remain compliant do see benefits from these therapies but relapse is common if the medications are discontinued.
Today some people are selecting herbal remedies like essential oils to prevent anxiety and panic attacks. It is important to understand that these remedies are not substitutes for conventional medications but are complimentary treatments.
Copaiba Essential Oil for Anxiety
Extracted via steam distillation from a variety of balsam resin tapped from Copaifera trees in the Brazilian Amazon, copaiba essential oil has a sweet honey, hey-like aroma, and the pleasant, uplifting scent can noticeably improve your mood and encourage feelings of well being and comfort. Used for hundreds of years to uplift the mood, this ancient, therapeutic oil can easy a troubled mind and help ease feelings of stress and anxiety.
How to use copaiba oil for stress and anxiety:
1. Inhale Directly: Take a quick whiff of copaiba oil directly from the bottle. The pleasant aroma can do wonders for improving your mood.
2. Use in a Diffuser: Diffuse a few drops of copaiba oil or inhale it directly to experience emotional balance.
3. Copaiba stress relief essential oil massage blend:
- 10 drops Copaiba essential oil
- 4 tsp carrier oil – such as jojoba or sweet almond oil, that does not overpower the light, sweet aroma of copaiba oil.
Massage into the temples, back of the neck and shoulders and feet to relieve tension. Copaiba essential oil also works great to relieve stress caused by muscle and rheumatic pain.
No matter which treatment you select you should try and reduce stress in your life, remain physically active, avoid use of alcohol or illicit drugs, get adequate sleep and eat a healthy diet.
More evidence indicates that exercise is a potent reducer of stress and can help relieve many of the symptoms of anxiety. Other things you can do include yoga, tai chi, and various types of relaxation methods. Finally, make a note of all triggers and avoid them. Today there are many online support groups where you can share your experiences, understand your disease, and offer compassion to others.