How CBD Oil Can Help To Cure Anxiety

Can CBD Oil help against Anxiety?


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We all can feel anxiety at some point in our lifetime. It is a natural emotion that we can’t avoid.

However, when daily stress combines with bad eating habits and personal problems, anxiety can become chronic and needs a lot more attention to be cured.

Many people buy CBD oil to treat anxiety and its related diseases.

While this product was not studied throughout, people using it claim that it has undoubted benefits in treating mental health issues. While cannabinoids are efficient in treating this condition, you should always ask the doctor as well before taking any food supplements.

What is anxiety and how can CBD help

Anxiety problems are general and can describe a large number of affections, such as:

Social anxiety – or social phobia describes an individual overwhelmed even in typical daily situations. A person like this always feels judged and insecure. Studies show that CBD can help these people with improving their wellbeing and eventually with eliminating or at least easing these moods.

Panic attacks – a person can feel fear without any apparent reason. Usually, these moments come with sweating, chest pains, and an increased heart rate. Moreover, it is possible to suffocate and even to have a heart attack.

Phobias – a phobia is an unexplained fear for specific situations, insects, or height. These fears can rise to alarming rates, putting the person in unwanted situations.

As we are talking about mental issues, there are no unanimously accepted explanations about why they happen.

However, it is known that they are connected with the social environment and changes at the level of the brain. Even genetic factors can be associated with anxiety.

How can you detect anxiety?

Anxiety manifests with the following symptoms:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Fear
  • Breathing problems
  • Tensed muscles
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating

Can it be cured?

Anxiety is a complex medical condition requiring both mental and medical treatment.

Cannabidiol was proven as effective in treating this condition.

Cannabidiol is also known under the common name of CBD and can be found naturally in the seeds of the hemp plant.

Recently, it was discovered that cannabis oil acts on the endocannabinoid system receptors.

Although scientists don’t exactly know how these substances affect the body, it was proven that hemp extracts increase the level of serotonin.

This substance has a crucial role in bringing happiness, and a decreased level of serotonin is the most common reason for anxiety.

A Common Treatment For Improving Serotonin Levels

Conventional treatment for a decreased level of serotonin proposes a series of receptors to receive more cannabinoids to help the endocannabinoid system.

The therapy means Prozac and other strong anti-depressants, but not everyone is comfortable in taking this.

People can try CBD as an alternative to these strong medicines, especially if their anxiety is only mild.

There are other benefits of taking CBD for fighting different forms of anxiety or its effects.

Only buy CBD for anxiety of pure quality, as the one extracted from industrial hemp contains a lesser quantity of cannabinoids that would not have the desired effects.…

Anxiety Therapy: Retrain Your Mind to Be Healthy and Happy

Instead of dwelling over and over on a negative thought or situation, train your mind to dwell on the positive. Even if you have to leave yourself post it notes on the bathroom mirror. It may seem silly but over time you can retrain your mind and take control of your own happiness and stave off anxiety. Remember to live in the present not the past. Nothing bugs me more then when I take my mom on a nice vacation and she is caught up in a negative situation that has happened to her in the past and she can’t enjoy the present. I think to myself “why did I even bother.” But then I realize that she can’t get past her negative thoughts because she is dwelling on them. She can’t be fully present in the moment of joy, but I can. Going over and over in your mind and replaying negative thoughts is akin to pouring “salt into an open wound”. Too much thinking about a problem often times makes it worse. You have often heard the old expression “paralysis by analysis.” Train your brain to focus on the positives in life. Use positive affirmations and write them down if you need to. A happy person enjoys their friends, their surroundings, beauty and the here and now.

Vitamins and supplements that may help:

If you have severe depression or bi-polar disorder then you need to see a mental health professional. But if you just have a mild case of seasonal affective disorder or a period of sadness in your life, why not try the natural way first. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression or winter time blues often affects us in the colder months of the year. Zap it quickly by taking vitamin D3 from (October until April). In summertime we get enough D3 just by going out in the sunshine for 10 minutes a day but your body doesn’t get this in the colder months. Taking a winter time cruise or south Florida vacation is also good during the winter months if you can afford it and take the time. The beach almost always works for me.

One vitamin that has been proven to fight bi-polar disorder and inflammation is Omega 3 or fish oil. If you don’t like fish or don’t think you can take the oil capsules you can also eat flax, flax seed or flax oil. Many cultures that have high fish diets have very low circumstances of depression, anxiety or bi-polar disorder.

St. Johns Wart and 5-HTP may also help with anxiety and depression. If you find that these vitamins are not working for you, you may have a hormonal imbalance or true depression that needs to be treated by a medical professional.

Another step toward positive thinking is through prayer and meditation and by using exercise. Exercise has been medically proven to release endorphins in the brain as well as serotonin. Serotonin is the compound present in anti-depressive medication. So you are giving your body what it needs through a very natural and constructive manner. So change your negative thoughts today through exercise, prayer, meditation, positive affirmations, and some vitamins. If all of this does not work seek a medical professional for help. Help is out there for you to rid yourself of anxiety.

 

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Health Anxiety and Agoraphobia

When Panic and Health Anxiety Lead to Agoraphobia

Its always hard to know what came first, the chicken or the egg, right? Well, people with health anxiety are irrationally fearful of having a health emergency, and are extremely conscious of their bodily changes, and any symptoms they experiencing. People with panic attacks experience periods of intense fear or apprehension that can come along with some scary physical symptoms that can lead many sufferers to think they are experiencing a health emergency. Many people with panic attacks repeatedly go to the emergency room because they are not sure if their physical symptoms are anxiety or something more. So, in many cases onset of panic symptoms causes health anxiety, and for people who suffer from health anxiety, the constant stress of worrying can lead to panic attacks.

That being said, Panic attacks are very scary, especially when a person first starts to experience them. This is usually in young adulthood, but can vary from person to person. Panic attacks come with physical symptoms such as lightheadedness, trouble breathing, dizziness, sweating, rapid heart rate, nausea, and derealization, just to name some of them. The common belief about panic disorder is that attacks only last for a short time, and you are ok the rest of the time. That is very untrue, the rest of the time, a person is still feeling anxious, often, the anxiety never fully leaves, . This is because sufferers are worried about when another panic attack will come, and they start to feel as if they are not in control of their own body. Since there is constant anxiety, there is also constantly physical symptoms resulting from the anxiety.

When you add health anxiety to the mix, it can really exacerbate things. When a person has health anxiety along with panic attacks, there is really no telling where one ends and the other begins. The mindset from people who suffer from these intertwined disorders is very on edge. Many of go through every day debilitated by the health worry. They are afraid they are not in control of their body, that something is wrong, that they might have a heart attack, a stroke, multiple sclerosis, whatever. They look up symptoms on the internet, schedule doctor appointments, and are always aware of their body. Constantly being under stress can also affect the immune system, which is another thing to factor in.

The anxiety can be overwhelming, and when anxiety is at its peak, panic attacks are likely to occur. At this point, it does not really matter which came first, all of this is clearly affecting ones life and it slowly starts to make a person’s world smaller. Sufferers may not want to go out in public places, be in crowds, stand in lines, have a job, or socialize. Mostly, this is because they do not feel like they are in control of their own body, the anxiety attacks and the symptoms they are dealing with, and without treatment, it will only get worse.

Agoraphobia is defined as an irrational fear of wide open spaces or places that are crowded, or hard to escape. It is a disorder that usually goes hand in hand with panic disorder and most sufferers stay in “safe zones” to avoid losing control or having a panic attack in public. Obviously, people usually have panic attacks when they are anxious. If people avoid situation where presume they will feel nervous or not in control, they will be less likely to panic. If untreated, their world becomes smaller and smaller, until they may not even leave …

Do You Have Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

If you worry more than the average Joe about the simple things in life, you could have GAD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This anxiety disorder can interrupt your daily life and become debilitating if you worry excessively. GAD can consume a person and their life. Not only can it consume you and your life, GAD can cause other health problems. You can consult your doctor if you feel your worrying is causing you excessive anxieties for treatment options.

Of course we all worry about our jobs, money, relationships, and health daily or on occasion, but when the worries about any of these things or other things to the point it becomes an obsession or irrational. This is where the health problems can kick in. This obsession causes a person to become so distracted with their worries, they get into a state of mind where they are unable to function or be able to do anything else.

For those with GAD, they are unable to focus on anything else from the time they wake until they fall asleep. Even after falling asleep, they may not be able to get a good night’s sleep due to having worried excessively about things that are out of their control. In most instances of worrying, the things they worry about often haven’t any merit. For instance, worrying about how your friend is going to pay for their new car is an example of unneeded worrying.

For example, worrying about what another person is or is not doing is an unfounded worry, especially if the person is a grown adult who is leading their own lives. Another person’s happenings, such as their family or job, has no bearing generally on your life. This type of worrying is unhealthy for those who fall into this area of anxiety. Many times those who excessively worry about what others are doing can have their blood pressure increase, have sleepless nights, restlessness, and some of the other symptoms mentioned below.

Doctors haven’t figured out exactly what causes GAD. This can hinder a diagnosis and treatment. Some common symptoms of GAD are sweating or hot flashes, sleeping problems, appetite changes, fatigue, nausea, problems breathing, headaches, muscle tension, and restlessness. While many of these symptoms, could be a cause for another medical condition, let your doctor know if you are having stress or anxiety problems due to other problems in your life. This can help your doctor with diagnosing GAD or any of the other anxiety disorders.

 

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When Panic Attacks My Health

Coping with Anxiety

Maintaining emotional health can be challenging for anyone who is having a bad day. For people who suffer from regular panic attacks, even a good day can be a challenge when coping with anxiety. Factors such as past trauma, relationship problems, work-related stress, financial worries, body health, arguments with friends, family and even strangers all have been known to trigger panic attacks. Many of the medications prescribed by health practitioners come with a list of crippling side effects. Aside from medication, what are some ways to manage panic attacks and anxiety?

The First of Many Panic Attacks
My idea of coping with normal teenage life was anticipating the next day I would spend with my boyfriend. When I wasn’t with him, I thought about normal teenage problems like my struggles with academics, friend trouble, and family that didn’t understand me. My first panic attack happened at the age of 17. It started with a pounding in my chest, and a feeling of blockage in my throat that made it difficult to breathe.

Another four years went by before I was diagnosed with panic attacks. The drugs prescribed by my health clinic treated both anxiety and panic attacks. The prescription label instructed me to take the medication several times a day. I experienced a great deal of insomnia, and other times I could not get enough sleep. It also caused many health problems including lightheadedness, increased depression, dry mouth, drowsiness, irritability, and body weakness. The anxiety medication made me feel worse than the panic attacks.

A Natural Approach to Coping with Anxiety
Now I take a more natural approach to coping with my anxiety. To calm my anxiety and prevent panic attacks, I make small changes in my life. Through my work with animals, to practicing breathing exercises, and listening to music, I have experienced a great improvement in my anxiety. Even some of the worst panic attacks can be fixed with the right music. The music assists with the mind’s ability to focus on the task of calming and coping with problems on an individual basis.

The first key to coping with anxiety naturally for me was being able to accept that I had control over my body. Once I had control over my body, I felt that I had control over my life. I did not let the anxiety ruin my life. Instead, I allowed it to help me understand how to live it.…

Drinking Less Water Affects Your Health, Causes Anxiety

Ever go about your day feeling like you are floating in a fog? Ever get that dizzy, merry-go-round feeling like you’re walking on wavy ground? Do you feel light-headed and faint, like you are going to pass out or your legs are going to give out underneath you?

Sounds like you need a glass of water.

Oddly enough, dizziness and light-headedness can lead to anxiety. When a person feels faint, it’s a feeling like they need to eat and are suddenly weak and unable to support their own weight. They need to sit down, the light is too bright, their eyes won’t focus on one particular object or face, and the mind won’t focus AT ALL.

When a body is under stress, it reacts physically, often by going into various mini-versions of “shut down” mode. This leaves the body weak and disoriented, and in urgent need of a break and a calm-down session.

Many people assume they are light-headed because they are tired, hungry, or have too much going on at once. While these are valid culprits, more often than not the greatest relief will come in the form of a huge glass of good ol H20. When a body is severely dehydrated (over 70 % of Americans are dehydrated on a daily basis) it cannot function to its fullest capacity. People treat their sluggish, dizzy conditions with caffeine and sugary foods to up their energy, which actually makes their symptoms worse.

If you are dizzy or light-headed, get a glass of water and SIT DOWN already. Your body is telling you it needs a break, so indulge it and consume a leisurely glass of water and clear your head. Often, anxiety is even caused by water deprivation, as the “fight or flight” response is is heightened when a body is in distress. Since the body spends a lot of energy when it’s in an anxious state, your already dizzy, sluggish self is further afflicted by anxious jitters and is in terrible need of relief.

Avoiding caffeine during the day helps balance the body’s need for water. Caffeine is a diuretic, so it causes the body to expel needed fluids from the body. Caffeine also masks the body’s natural cry for water, so when the energy from caffeine wears of, the worn-out body will react even more strongly than it already was, leaving you nauseous on top of the inability to focus.

Calm down. Your body has so many stressors both physically and mentally that it needs a break to regroup and create energy at various points of the day. Drinking water throughout the day helps calm the body down immensely, and if the body is physically calm, it is easier to become mentally calm on top of it.

Treat your body like a car. A car needs fuel to run, so does your body. Your body’s fuel is water. Consume water as your energy level tank gets low and you will find your energy peaking and ebbing much less.

If you pay attention to the warning signs of dehydration and shut down your body is giving you (dizziness, light-headedness, anxiety, unable to focus, jitters etc) and consume more water, you will feel more healthy, relaxed, focused and energized, naturally.

 

 

Phobias: What Are They

Phobia means a persistent, irrational fear of a situation, an object, or activity that the person feels compelled to avoid. Many people have phobias. There are many types of phobias but all phobias fit in a category. There are three categories of phobias, social phobia, Agoraphobia, and specific phobia.

Agoraphobia is the most likely of the three to send someone for professional help. People who have agoraphobia has an intense fear of being in a situation where they can't escape quickly or help couldn't get to them quickly , if they needed it. Which will cause them to have a panic attack or panic like symptoms. Some of the feared places are like busy streets, crowded restaurants, or crowded stores. Some people who have agoraphobia plan their lives around there fears. In some severe cases of agoraphobia, people will not even leave there home. Studies have shown that women are four times more likely to have agoraphobia than men. After one has a panic attack, they avoid the places they fear because they fear having another attack. People who have family members with agoraphobia have a higher chance of getting it. The closer the relative, the higher your chance. Some agoraphobia have successfully been treated with antidepressants and psychotherapy.

Social phobia causes people to avoid public places. People who suffer from social phobia are afraid of any social or performance situation. They are scared they may humiliate themselves. Studies have shown that about one-third of people with social phobia only have a fear of publicly speaking and the rest may fear eating or writing in public. Studies also show that social phobia will affect about 15.5% of women and 11.1% of men in some point of their life. Genetic factors also play a role in social phobia. Often people who have social phobia will turn to alcohol or tranquilizers to make it easier on them when they have to be in social situations.

A fear of a specific object or situation is specific phobia. Those who have specific phobias usually fear the same things others fear, but their fears are greatly exaggerated. Specific phobias could be storms, water, heights, airplanes, animals, closed spaces, and many more things.

To be considered a phobia, a person must fear something enough that it will cause interference or great distress to their life in a major way. People with phobias experience intense anxiety, even to the point of screaming or shaking. According to researchers genes play a role in all categories of phobias. There are many types of phobias and many people are affected by phobias.…

When Fear Turns to Phobia

Although we often think of childhood as a time to be carefree, fear and anxiety are common experiences for nearly every child at some point or another. Whether it is fear of the dark, separation anxiety in a toddler, or fear of a specific event or object such as going to the dentist or seeing a dog across the street, being afraid is simply a part of the human experience. For most children, these moments are fleeting and easily managed by the loving reassurance of a parent or caregiver, but for others common fears such as these can become debilitating experience that need more attention.

Fear and its accompanying physical responses are like a fire alarm system. Like a smoke detector, our bodies are designed to perceive danger, emotional and physical, and send out an alarm (the physical and emotional responses) to alert us that we may be in danger. As anyone who has been scared by a movie or startled by a slamming door knows, sometimes we get the warning even when the danger isn't real. For most of us, that happens occasionally but in general our fear response is manageable and important, keeping us from dangerous situations. For a child with a phobia the fire alarm system has become hypersensitive to a specific trigger- like a sprinkler system that goes off every time you light a candle. The response is excessive in relationship to the perceived danger. Whether it is a paralyzing fear of a real but minimally dangerous situation such as a larger dog or a fear of something that does not pose a real threat such as thunderstorms, the internal experience of fear is real and must be addressed. The key is to help your child understand first that fear, however difficult to manage, is a valuable emotion and not one that we want to dismiss.

As adults, when we see a child with what we believe is an irrational or excessive fear our first instinct is often to minimize their experience. The desire to relieve your child's panic often triggers a very logic response in parents but before you try to convince your child that their fears are unfounded or silly, start by talking about the role fear plays in keeping them safe. Teaching children to evaluate the danger of a situation is an important part of treating their phobia but it is also crucial that you do not send the unintentional message that their fear can not or should not be trusted. Although in this situation fear has become distorted, in general we want our children to listen to their fears. Fear is that uneasy feeling that they may get around a stranger or when watching a friend try something risky at the playground- it is their first line of safety when you are not around and it is important to remind them of that.

The next step is to help your child understand that they can be in control of their response to fear. It is not necessary for them to ignore their fear and the automatic physiological response that it creates in order to regain control. Instead children can learn to identify the physical cues that tell them they are beginning to feel fearful and then learn to calm their bodies and their minds. It can be helpful to get your child to keep a feelings journal for a week or two (maybe longer depending on how often they encounter their specific phobia). As parents we are often aware of our children's responses to fear and anxiety; whether its a stomachache or …

Look Your Phobia in the Eye

Any phobia is a concern, a phobia is a gripping feeling that you are out of complete control. It is a fright that is out of control, and can seem like the walls around you are closing in. Your body is trying to shell you from the danger by expressing an emotion, but many times your body releases too much and you are closed in and unable to function.

If your natural shielding feeling that you have becomes out of control it turns into fear which turns into dread and then is a phobia. There are many treatment plans that I will explore, and if used correctly they will assist you with getting on with your life even with a life functionally.

A phobia will restrict your behavior and restrict your work if you let it. I know that it is uncontrollable when it happens, but it is possible to dull the fear. One successful method is a drawing down process of being within a certain radius of your phobia. Say that you have a phobia of spiders. Start with a picture and have it across the room or even on the porch outside. Try walking past it a few times. Even though you get the jitters when you do, it is important to realize that they won't last forever. You are going to change the way that you look at fear.

The second step is to take the picture inside if it was outside and move it a little closer to you. If you are able to have the picture within 3 feet of you that is consider this a major success. That proves that you are able to function and starting to control your phobia. If not that is ok, you will work up to it. Just start bringing the picture closer to you and eventually it will be within 3 feet of you. Wear down the fear. If you are exposed to it often enough the phobia will wear down to dread.

Once you are dreading it then start to handle the picture. It may give you the willies at first but pick up the picture and put it in a different spot in the house. If you are able to do that then you are ready to move onto the next step. If not keep practicing on this step and continue when you are ready.

The next step is to go within 20 feet of your fear. Say it is a spider. Go to the zoo and you don't have to walk in, but at least be where you can see the spiders for a few moments then walk away. Try to wear it down, and do it every day until you are ready to walk in.

Once you are ready to walk in, don't go directly up to the tank and start pecking on the windows. Stay away about three or four feet away, do this for about a week, at least 5 times. Until you feel that you are able to get closer. If you are ready to get closer then proceed. If not, it will come soon enough; look how far you've already come.

The next step is to be within 1 foot of your initial fear. Do you notice that I used initial fear? Even though you are extremely afraid at this point, you have taken the phobia away and now are dealing with, not dread, but fear. A fear is much easier to overcome then a phobia. You've come so far as of right now, there is just a few more …

Of Star Children & Space Phobia

I got to catch the last complete lunar eclipse in North America a few years ago. Now, I'm not normally a "total" anything kinda guy. I'll maybe get to see your relatively mundane partial eclipse of the Sun or Moon. If I'm at a baseball game, it may go into extra innings or be a one or two-hitter. You know, kinda unusual. But something as momentous as a total eclipse, (or, say, a no-hitter), forget it. Ninety-nine times out of 100, if something that exciting happens, I'll be tied up waxing the cat or something equally as useful and miss the damn thing.

Not on that night, though. That night, I remembered. The early autumn sky, cloudy and crying all day, cleared. So, I parked myself, amazingly all alone, on the 1st Street bridge. There, smack over the center of the Colorado River, I had a postcard-perfect view of Austin, Texas' beautiful night skyline and the eclipsed Moon. That's where I was at 9:18 pm CDT at the moment of total eclipsedness.

Earlier, as I walked to this prime vantage point, it occurred to me that Dr. Carl Sagan had nailed it right on the head when he called us "Star Children." He explained, in his wonderful series Cosmos, that all the matter by which we're comprised of was, at one time, inside a precursor star to our Sun. Hence, the name Star Children.

Now, something draws people to the oceans. Something, that is, other than observing a multitude of scantily-clad members of the opposite sex cavorting and frolicking on the beach. Something deeper. More primeval. We'll stand on a beach or, even better, a high bluff overlooking the endless blue, and just…stare out. Time becomes as meaningless as the rest of our surroundings as we contemplate the mysterious sea. When at last we have to leave, we do so only reluctantly, drawing in one last deep breath of the pungent briny air that first filled our ancestors' lungs and, finally, we go on our way. We evolved from ocean dwellers and now, eons later, part of us longs to go back.

Perhaps at a more elementary level, humankind feels an even more subtle but unmistakable longing for the stars. It's one step further removed, to be sure. Our atomic and sub-atomic components resided in the stars way before they figured out how to self-replicate, climb out of the water, and program a DVR. (That last one, by the way, proof that Evolution is still a Work In Progress.) But the desire is still there, even if few of us pay much attention to it and most of us still equate space exploration with Buck Rodgers.

I read an article in the newspaper once that summarized a recent scientific study in which a group of men was asked how they felt towards homosexuals. A certain percentage of these men were so vehement in their dislike for gays as to lean towards outright hatred for them. Then, the entire group was wired up and shown erotic, (or pornographic, depending on your point of view) video clips depicting explicit sex acts of both a hetero and homosexual nature.

Not surprisingly, the same men who had demonstrated the most vitriolic attitudes towards gays were, generally speaking, the most (secretly) sexually aroused by the homosexual imagery. These "manly" guys, terrified of being gay, are secretly turned on so they lash out and make fun of homosexuals. The whole thing hits a little too close to home for them.

The Universe affects us in a similar manner. We know we're from "out there." …