Overcoming Anxiety and PTSD| Frequently Asked Questions

Are you having fearful thoughts that leave you with uncontrollable anxiety?

Many people today feel anxiety that they can’t seem to control. Controlling anxiety is not the way to rid yourself of this uncomfortable feeling. It only leaves you more and more frustrated that you can’t seem to shake it. In addition, there are ways to control anxiety without having to resort to drugs.

When we have fearful thoughts, a chemical reaction gets set off in the body, causing it to secrete an excess of cortisol for combating the stress. Then the adrenal system goes into “fight or flight.” Eventually, the person may turn to some substance, such as food or work, to self-medicate the feelings.

Stress starts with our internal perceptions of real events. Many of these negative perceptions cause emotions, such as anger, fear, and a sense of unworthiness. A stress cycle begins in which the adrenals overproduce hormones, thus resulting in burnout, chronic fatigue, and poor work performance. Anxiety is representative of an underlying emotional root that hasn’t been identified and released. A natural approach for clearing anxiety can be about digging past the symptom to discover the roots is an effective part of treatment. Symptoms can range from:

  • feeling out of control
  • sleep disturbances
  • panic attacks
  • engaging in social activities

Most Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the difference between anxiety and ptsd?

What methods or techniques can reduce my anxiety?

  • The Heart Math is a guided experiential process that has over fifteen years of research in helping people eliminate stress. The focus is on breathing and connecting with the energy of the heart so that one can bypass the brain’s mental processes.  People can eliminate their mental gyrations to connect better with their hearts. Improvement in sleep reduces work stress and relational conflicts.  heartmath.org
  • Practicing mindfulness techniques can also be beneficial. Mindfulness is learning to focus on the present consciousness that can be calming so you are not going to the past or the future in your mind.
  • Calming the “monkey mind” can be helpful as our mind tends to worry and easily feel overwhelmed that we haven’t done things right. There can be an inner critic that is quick to judge our actions and create negative thoughts.
  • Energy releasing techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) can be helpful. www.emofree.com

Can diet help reduce my anxiety? 

Diet can also be a big contributing factor in anxiety. Sugar is one of the biggest culprits.  Following a Mediterranean diet can truly beneficial. Avoiding gluten, alcohol, dairy and fried foods can also be very helpful. Adding additional fats, eliminating refined carbohydrates can aid the hormonal and endocrine system bringing it into balance. Understanding the new science on the gut/brain axis can lead you to a deeper understanding of how important diet is for working with anxiety. www.amare.com

If I just work on my diet, is this enough to clear the anxiety?

The work I see as the most beneficial is a holistic approach of diet and psychotherapy to unleash rooted energy blocks in addition to diet.

Is there a genetic component to overcoming anxiety?

Yes- most definitely there is a component that is operating that affects neurotransmitters and absorption of vitamins especially the B’s.