This is how people with anxiety or depression feel.
Mood and anxiety disorders are among the most common types of mental disorders in Canada and have been shown to have a major impact on the daily lives of those affected. They are often accompanied with a constant feeling of nervousness making it difficult to relax. Physical symptoms are also common such as heart palpitations (irregular heart beats), nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, tension headaches and difficulty sleeping. In progressed cases, anxiety can lead to panic attacks which can often result in people going to their doctors office or the emergency room because the symptoms can closely mimic heart-related conditions like a heart attack.
The first step is to find out what is causing you to have these feelings. Is it an underlying medical condition, genetic predisposition, lack of learned coping skills, the result of trauma, medication side effect or nutritional deficiency? These are all common causes of anxiety.
Having someone assess you properly and uncover the root cause will bring you one step closer to knowing which treatments options will work best.
A visit to your family doctor will often result in a discussion of whether or not a medication is the right approach for you. SSRI's (e.g. effexor, celexa, cipralex and paxil) are a commonly prescribed class of medication; they work by regulating levels of serotonin which is a feel good hormone. If needed, they can be helpful for some as a temporary solution. However the downside is that in addition to numbing your emotions and feeling "zombie like", many other common side effects exist. These include nausea, fatigue, headaches, weight gain, hair loss, changes in sexual behaviour (erectile dysfunction and diminished libido) along with withdrawal effects that occur once coming off the medication.
Identifying the cause of anxiety is the first step towards recovery and can help to create a more long lasting solution. This can be achieved by self directed approaches like reading books on the topic and/or working with a trained professional. At KIH clinic we have a Registered Psychotherapist and Naturopathic Doctors who are all trained in assessing for this root cause. Once uncovered and it is addressed, activities like yoga, tai chi or qi qong, meditation and deep breathing may be recommended to help. The following treatments are also often used to help ease the uncomfortable symptoms and create a better balance: Acupuncture, relaxation massage, herbal medicine or homeopathy, psychotherapy and various naturopathic treatments including IV vitamin drips, diet changes and natural supplementation.