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28 Apr 2010
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Anxiety

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Anxiety is the feeling that something bad is going to happen. Some anxiety is normal, but higher levels can be disturbing and lead to serious health problems.

Symptoms

  • Excessive worry or concern that something bad is going to happen, with an inability to stop worrying
  • Worry may interfere with daily activities and relationships
  • Tendency to become tired easily
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Poor concentration
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle tension  or pain  (e.g. in the jaw, back or neck)
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Diarrhoea

Panic attacks are one form of anxiety disorder, and may be characterised by symptoms such as:

  • Fear of dying or going crazy
  • Chest palpitations (increased heart rate)
  • Feeling of chest tightness or inability to take in enough air
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Tremors and shaking
  • Nausea and stomach pain

Causes

Anxiety may arise from a range of factors including:

  • Stressful events and social pressures: factors such as job pressure, family pressure, bereavement and the stress of modern day living may all contribute to or trigger anxiety
  • Anxiety may also be symptomatic of or triggered by certain health problems, especially conditions associated with hormonal changes such as hyperthyroidism (over-active thyroid), pregnancy and giving birth, menopause and premenstrual syndrome. These issues may contribute to the fact that women are more prone to developing some forms of anxiety than men are
  • It may also be associated with heart disease (e.g. diabetes)
  • A personal or family history of mental health problems may pre-dispose some people to anxiety, and similarly, people with certain personality traits (e.g. perfectionism and/or low self-steem) or who have experienced family difficulties during childhood are also at increased risk of developing an anxiety disorder
  • Nutritional deficiencies of the B-group vitamins, and the minerals magnesium and zinc may contribute to anxiety

Diet and lifestyle

  • Suitable stress management techniques such as counselling, meditation, massage and yoga will help alleviate the symptoms of anxiety.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, marijuana and recreational drugs, all of which may make your anxiety worse.
  • Exercise is invaluable in the treatment and management of anxiety. Exercise may increase endorphins which are chemicals produced in the brain that have an effect on lifting the mood.
    • Aromatherapy massage or bathing with essential oils such as lavender relieves anxiety by helping to reduce stress.
    • Aromatherapy massage or bathing with essential oils such as lavender or sandalwood may help to manage anxiety as they help to reduce stress.
    • Herbal teas such as chamomile and lemon balm have traditionally been used to calm the nervous system and promote relaxation.

Important notes

  • The use of medication alone is not an effective solution for anxiety. Consult your naturopath or other health care professional, for support. Your treatment plan may involve a combination of counselling, nutritional support, herbal medicines and supplementation, as well as changes to diet, lifestyle and exercise regime.

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hai, just a question here. Can i take this supplement as part of my healthy life style although i dont feel any stress or hectic problem?
Anonymous
Anonymous 19 Oct 2015
Hi
I am looking for a product that will assist me with nervousness before an interview. Could you please advise if such a product is available.

Thanks
Kathy
Anonymous
Anonymous 14 Mar 2015
Hi Kevin, I’m Danielle, one of the Blackmores Naturopaths. There are many ingredients that may be helpful to manage symptoms of anxiety such as magnesium, B vitamins and herbs such as oats, passionflower, hops and lavender. You may like to contact Blackmores Advisory Service to discuss which product is most suited to your needs. Please call 1800 803 760 from within Australia or email advice@blackmores.com.au. I hope we hear from you soon, thanks, Danielle
Danielle
Danielle 16 Dec 2014
Hi There,

I am trying to look for a natural anxiety free herbal remedy either in a solution or tablet / capsule form, but I am allergic to maize / corn starch, and it is so hard to find one that does not contain Maize starch / corn starch or anything like that. I am also on blood pressure medication (micardis) so i would like to know what i can take and still take my blood pressure tabs.

Regards
Kev
Anonymous
Anonymous 16 Dec 2014
Dear Wendy. Thank you for your post. It must be a very difficult time for your husband (and yourself). I am sorry that you have not found any satisfactory help as yet. There are herbs that can assist with feelings of anxiousness, such as passionflower, hops, lavender , St johns wort and kava but it is best to see a practitioner to obtain the appropriate doses.
I would also strongly recommend that you see either a psychologist or a psychotherapist. Psychotherapists are trained counsellors and can provide strategies to help deal with anxiety and re-learn positive patterns of thinking. A therapist can also refer if necessary.
Please call the Naturopathic Advisory service on 1800 803 760 if we can be of further assistance to you. Kindest regards, Rebekah (a Blackmores naturopth)
Rebekah
Rebekah 23 Jan 2014
My husband has anxiety and the doctors are useless. What can he take to help, he does have asthma if that helps. I have read a lot about passionflower, is this available in a tablet form?
Anonymous
Anonymous 22 Jan 2014
Hi Bryan,
Thanks for your post.

I'm so glad to hear that the advice above has helped you. Take care! Feel free to contact our Advisory team on 1800-803-760 or email us at advice@blackmores.com.au if we can be of any further help.

Kind regards,
Charmaine
Charmaine
Charmaine 18 Nov 2013
Well, the first time I had a major attack they put me on xanax but it messed with my head really badly and I had memory issues. My discharge papers noted that while medicated by it I had little to no acknowledgement of externally inflicted bodily harm/pain. What I do remember is waking up the next day with a swollen ankle and multiple bruises that hurry like hell from walking into things or just letting the car door close on me.
Later, someone recommended me this treatment, and I’m very grateful with it, i can go anywhere i want without problem, no anxiety, no panic attacks, i'm a new person. Read this article, it helped me a lot : panicsolutionkey.com
Anonymous
Anonymous 18 Nov 2013