Modern society has made life more stressful than ever before, so we all feel a bit comprehensive at times. We constantly worry about our future, work, health, family, and so on.
Therefore, people often feel anxious and fail to lead a normal everyday life. In the case of severe anxiety, people worry about too many things without a rational reason, and it severely impedes their normal skills and activities in life.
All around the world, but especially in America, the anxiety disorder is the most common mental illness. Only in the U.S., about 6.8 million adults suffer from generalized anxiety disorder.
Also, women are more prone to this disorder than men. Anxiety most commonly appears in adolescence and its symptoms tend to intensify over time.
Sometimes, depression and anxiety may be caused by a neurochemical imbalance in the body, like a lack of serotonin or dopamine.
Here are the most common symptoms of anxiety in women:
- Unrealistic perception of problems
- Muscle tension, aches and body pains
- Worrying about simple, everyday tasks
- Stomach pains and nausea
- Inability to relax
- Difficulty concentrating
- Frequent urges to go to the bathroom
- Irritability and mood swings
- Difficulty swallowing
- Depression symptoms
- Restlessness and being “on edge” or easily startled
- lightheadedness or short of breath
- Frequent headaches
- Trembling or twitching
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
In most cases, anxiety is treated with benzodiazepines like Xanax, Valium, and Ativan.
Yet, these medications cause addictions, so when the patients become dependent on these chemicals, they develop additional psychological and physical distress, as well as withdrawal symptoms, is they quit their use.
In some cases, the treatment of chronic anxiety or panic attacks involves antidepressants, such as Lexapro, Paxil, Effexor, Prozac, and Zoloft, which often fail to deliver results, but cause severe adverse effects.
On the other hand, numerous leading researchers have suggested that lavender is an extremely effective herb in the natural treatment of anxiety. The journal Phytomedicine published a study which showed that lavender oil was shown is as effective as the pharmaceutical drug lorazepam (Ativan).