Fear! Anxiety! Most of Us Have Experienced
these emotions at one time or another. They are not all bad. There are times when they can actually be beneficial in that they can motivate us, increase our productivity, and even enable us to protect ourselves when faced with danger.
For many, however, fear and anxiety are a problem. Some health experts report that fear and anxiety have increased in the United States since 9/11 and heightened even more with the economic downturn in our world.
Habits—we all have them. American author Elbert Hubbard said: “Habit is the great economizer of energy.” He was exactly right.
Habits are our friends—when they’re good ones. Habits are routines that help us perform multiple tasks with minimal mental effort. They help us repeat safe and effective behaviors, and build consistency and security into our lives.
You don’t have to get stuck in your anxiety. Change the way you think and tackle your anxiety with four easy steps.
Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental disease in the United States. In 2015 more than forty million Americans suffered from some form of anxiety disorder. Worldwide, one in thirteen individuals experiences an anxiety disorder.
Unfortunately, anxiety disorders change the brain’s hierarchy. Ideally, the brain should govern from the top down. The anterior portion of the front brain (prefrontal cortex) should determine what is good and bad, and discern and define legitimate fears and concerns from ungrounded ones.
Get a Good Medical Evaluation
Physical problems like overactive thyroid activity, other hormonal imbalances, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, heart valve prolapse, vitamin B12 deficiency, withdrawal of certain drugs, and other problems could be the source of anxiety and should be ruled out by a competent physician and appropriate testing.
Depression is a devastating disorder, afflicting up to 10% of the adult population in the United States and representing one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Although effective treatments are available, approximately one third of all patients with depression fail to respond to conventional antidepressant therapies. Depression is often reoccurring and can become chronic. Your diet can either fuel depression or help you to recover from it!
Globally, the World Health Organization estimates that depression affects more than 100 million people. The use of antidepressants is only fully effective in about 30-40 % of depressed person, initially. One-third of depressed individuals remain so, even after using 3 or 4 anti-depressants. Now new strategies are emerging as powerful weapons against depression. What are they? Practicing positive activities (PAIs) may serve as an effective, low-cost treatment for people suffering from mild depression.