Anxiety and Cannabis Oil Treatment
Experiencing occasional anxiety is completely normal. However, people who suffer from anxiety disorders normally have intense, excessive and persistent apprehension and fear when it comes to everyday situations. Frequently, anxiety disorders involve recurrent episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear. Or even extreme terror that peaks within minutes, resulting in what we call panic attacks.
These feelings of anxiety and panic have a negative impact on daily activities, are tough to control, are out of proportion in terms of danger and can last a very long time. Sufferers may avoid places or situations in order to prevent these feelings. Symptoms can start during childhood or the teen years and proceed into adulthood.
Examples of anxiety disorders include social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder and specific phobias. Patients can also suffer from more than one anxiety disorder. Sometimes anxiety can also be caused by a medical condition that requires treatment.
The causes of anxiety disorders are yet to be discovered. Life experiences like traumatic events appear to trigger anxiety disorders in certain people who are already prone to anxiety. Inherited traits can also be a factor.
For some people, anxiety is connected to an underlying health issue. In some cases, anxiety symptoms and signs are the first indicators of a medical illness. If your doctor suspects that your anxiety might be caused by a medical condition, he or she would probably order tests to seek signs of a condition.
Examples of medical problems that can be linked to anxiety include:
- Heart disease
- Rare tumours that produce certain “fight-or-flight” hormones
- Respiratory disorders – such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma
- Thyroid problems – such as hyperthyroidism
- Chronic pain or irritable bowel syndrome
- Withdrawal from alcohol, anti-anxiety medications or other medications
- Drug abuse or withdrawal
Sometimes anxiety can also be a side effect of some medications.
It is possible that anxiety might be caused by an underlying medical condition if:
- You did not have an anxiety disorder as a child.
- You have a sudden occurrence of anxiety that seems unrelated to life events and you do not have a history of anxiety.
- You do not avoid certain things or situations because of anxiety.
- You do not have any blood relatives with an anxiety disorder.
Common anxiety signs and symptoms include:
- Feeling nervous, restless or tense
- Having an increased heart rate
- Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
- Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
- Feeling weak or tired
- Having trouble sleeping
- Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety
- Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
- Having difficulty controlling worry
- Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems.