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How do you feel? Really. Do you weather everyday stresses with calmness and peace or do you feel as though you’re running in overdrive? Don’t feel bad you are among an elite group.  “19.1 million Americans 18 to 54 years-old suffer from anxiety disorders. (source: National Institute of Mental Health)”. We can’t deny that these are stressful times. Every news program you watch and every newspaper you read continues to trumpet the end of the world as we know it. The economy is bad, the dollar is down, crime is on the rise, people are dying everywhere, it’s an epidemic of negativity designed to drive you deeper and deeper into despair. So is it any wonder that you respond by freaking out!?!?!?!?!? What’s the answer? Can you rise above the depth of desolation? Having been there I can answer with a resounding Yes You Can!

Anxiety and panic are nothing more than your physiology being unable to handle stress. The principal stress adaptation gland is the adrenal. This little gland sits on top of your kidneys and produces a variety of hormones that impact many organs and glands. But that’s not all, adrenal hormones are also a principal player in driving the sympathetic nervous system. What’s that, you ask? It is the nervous system that comes into play when you have the urge to flee or stand and do battle. In other words it revs you up. Think about it, doesn’t anxiety feel like being revved up, but supercharged? That is exactly what happens. When you are anxious, the adrenal is over stimulating the sympathetic nervous system, revving you up without shutting off. The result is Panic. Unfortunately, too often, the symptoms that accompany anxiety and panic can land you in the nearest emergency room. Racing heart, shortness of breath, dizziness and or lightheadedness, unexplained aches and pains, hypertension and much more make it sound and feel like a heart attack, but it’s not. The problem is that if the episodes are not controlled, they can lead to very real cardiac problems because of resulting vasoconstriction. It would be like a giant hand squeezing your blood vessels shut. To add insult to injury, malfunctioning adrenals can also give you a stomach ache, back ache and headache. As if the anxiety isn’t bad enough.

What can you do? First treat yourself kindly. If you experience an anxiety attack reassure yourself that it’s only anxiety and that it will pass. Second breathe deeply. Deep breathing relaxes the muscles and quiets the mind. On a physiological basis, deep breathing vents off Cortisol, one of the adrenal hormones responsible for the way you feel. Third distract yourself with something you enjoy. When you stop focusing on the way you feel, your body stops overreacting. There are also a variety of homeopathic and natural whole food supplements that can help support the adrenal glands and quiet the nervousness and anxiety to help you feel less stressed.

So how do you feel? Joyous and peaceful or stressed and nervous? You are not alone and you don’t have to suffer. There are many alternatives available to you that can help you live an anxiety and panic free life. Don’t wait until that giant hand comes squeezing, do something now. And if you want more info… Call!

Dr. Nadia R. Malek, DC, DACBN 

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