Kleinburg Integrative Health:
Anxiety & Stress

Does It Feel Like You Have No Control At Times?

That is often how those dealing with anxiety and other mood disorders feel.  If this is the case, you aren't alone.  Anxiety is one of the most common types of mental disorders in Canada and it often has a major impact on the daily lives of those affected.  Constant feelings of nervousness and worry make it difficult to relax and there are also many associated physical symptoms including:  Heart palpitations (irregular heart beats), nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, tension headaches and difficulty sleeping, among others. In more advanced cases, anxiety can lead to panic attacks which can result in frequent visits to the doctors office or emergency room because the symptoms can so closely mimic emergency situations like a heart attack.

Find the root cause.

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.

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FAQs

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What are my treatment options? 


Conventional approaches:

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 making you feel "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.

Complimentary health approaches:

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, you may find activities like yoga, tai chi or qi qong, meditation, deep breathing and other stress management techniques are helpful in addition to the therapeutic treatments suggested to you by our practitioners. The following complimentary care treatments are often used to help create a better balance:  Acupuncture, relaxation massage, herbal medicine or homeopathy, psychotherapy and various naturopathic treatments including diet changes, vitamins and natural supplementation and IV vitamin drips.

If you are interested in learning about any these treatments then read more here or request a free consult below:

KIH's Healthy Moods Plan