Researchers from the department of psychiatry of University of Manitoba in Winnipeg (Canada) investigated the link between anxiety and illnesses.
Normally, daily life come with many problems which some can make people worry and fear. But if those feelings persist and mess up your every day, you might be one of the many women that have anxiety. Anxiety refers to a complex combination of negative emotions that includes extreme fear, apprehension, extreme worry, and is often accompanied by physical sensations such as palpitations, chest pain and/or shortness of breath.
Also, anxiety disturbs mood, thoughts, behavior and physiological activity. Anxiety can happen to anyone of any age; in fact, it afflicts almost 19 million Americans. If anxiety is not given the right attention, it can be a troublesome. So, because many factors can interfere with a person's emotional health, we should learn everything about anxiety, to be aware on how to face it. The following articles show and explain the different causes for anxiety.
Anxiety can be produced by a great variety of factor. However, when women approach menopause, the main cause can be easily found: hormonal imbalance. The fluctuation in estrogen levels produces changes not only in body functioning, but also in mental health.
Anxiety causes are usually divided into two: psychological and physical. However, it's generally accepted that physical causes are responsible for these anxiety when women approach menopause.
Psychological causes for anxiety
These are grouped in two, the ones related to disorders which are really uncommon, and the ones related to life stresses. The first ones are characterized because they are rare hereditary diseases provoked by chemical imbalance in the brain.
The second group is related to daily stress, overwork and fatigue. If these factors are not controlled, they could make you lose emotional stability, leading to anxiety. Usually these cases are temporary and anxiety stops when the stressful time ends. Either way, keep in mind that the physical causes for anxiety are much more likely to happen.
Physical causes for anxiety
The main cause for anxiety is hormonal imbalance. Estrogen hormones have a definite effect on your mental state since they regulate the levels of cortisol, which is the hormone that produces stress. If your estrogen happens to drop, cortisol will not be controlled, producing more stress. Therefore, anxiety appears when your cortisol isn't appropriately controlled due to an estrogen level declination.
As anxiety generally grows progressively worse without treatment, it's necessary to inform yourself about the steps to take for controlling it. Imbalanced hormonal levels are the most common cause for anxiety; there are a variety of safe and effective treatments for it. Please, keep reading to learn about the best ways to cope anxiety.
Anxiety is just an indicator of the declination of estrogen hormones that menopause produces. These changes result in a hormonal imbalance in a woman's body and cause Anxiety. Therefore, the best and most effective way to treat Anxiety is to control its main cause by balancing hormonal levels.
Three approaches for anxiety treatment
There are three levels of treatments of Anxiety:
- (1) Lifestyle Changes,
- (2) Alternative Medicine and
- (3) Drugs and Surgery.
You should always start with the least risky approach (lifestyle changes) and go on to riskier approaches (surgery/drugs) only if necessary.
The first level involves no risk but may be the hardest way to go. You'll have to change many habits of your daily life. So if you are considering this approach, you will need a strong mind and a positive thinking for managing these changes.
Nonetheless, techniques for stress reduction (e.g. yoga), a diet rich in estrogenic food (soy, alfalfa, cherries, rice, wheat and yams) or even becoming more fit by doing regular exercises, will have positive effects on the treatment of Anxiety.
It's not easy to follow up this approach, that's why you might want to consider the next level of treatment, because alternative medicine is an excellent treatment for anxiety.
Alternative approaches involve little or no risk and can be considered as the safest way to treat Anxiety. In this level of approach, Herbal remedies are the most effective option.
There are basically two types of herbs to treat Anxiety during menopause: phytoestrogen and non-estrogenic herbs. Phytoestrogen herbs (e.g. Black Cohosh, Dong Quai) contain plant estrogens. Therefore, these herbs replace the missing estrogen; unfortunately, phytoestrogen herbs produce several side effects (like breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes) as a result from adding hormones from outside.
Unlike phytoestrogen herbs, non-estrogenic herbs don't contain any estrogen. Instead, non-estrogenic herbs nourish your hormonal glands for healthy production of your own natural hormones. This ultimately ends up in balancing overall hormones levels. Due to this, non-estrogenic herbs, like Macafem, can be considered as the safest way of natural treatment for Anxiety.
Nature & Health magazine. Dr. Chacon says:
A combination of approaches is a good route to take. Lifestyle changes combined with alternative medicine will probably take care of Anxiety during menopause in a more efficiently way.
Drugs and surgery
Interventions at level 3 involve the highest risk and often the highest costs. The most common drug therapy for the treatment of Weight Gain in the US is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). There's no doubt that this is the quickest and strongest way to combat hormonal imbalance; unfortunately, it entails serious side effects and increases the risk of different cancer types among women.
If you still consider following this approach, take a visit to your physician, and get informed about what this treatment option involves.
Remember that these three levels of approaches are not mutually exclusive. You can use different approaches at different times or combine several at the same time. Nowadays more and more women think that the best treatment for Anxiety during menopause is accomplished via a combination of healthy lifestyle and alternative treatments.