Stress is the leading cause of health problems, anxiety, and depression. We are continuously exposed to stressors whether it may be work, family, relationships or our environment. A stressor triggers a release of hormones initiating a response from both mind and body to be on high alert.
We all have different approaches on self-regulating this response allowing us to relax back to our normal state. However, the inability of handling these stressors, leaving us on high alert, will negatively affect our physical and emotional health. Unresolved stress can alter the pathways that help our brain maintain normal function and balance. Unfortunately, many of us do not recognize stress is the culprit of the changes in your body, mood, and behavior.
Common Effects of Stress:
Anxiety or worry is a natural response experienced from childhood through adulthood. If you are finding yourself feeling anxious without reason or affecting your quality of life, it can be a sign of anxiety disorder.
Anxiety can be defined as a mental health disorder described by feelings of worry, anxiousness, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily tasks and participating in social interactions. An indication of anxiety may be experiencing increased stress that is out of proportion to the impact of the event and difficulty setting aside the worry.
Common Effects of Anxiety:
Depression disorder is the more than just feeling unhappy. When you have depression it is a persistent, intense feeling of sadness and loss of interest in experiencing enjoyment. Depression, like anxiety, affects all ages with an increased prevalence with age. Depression is approximately 50% more prevalent in women than men. Ten percent of the US population experiences depression severe enough to necessitate medical attention. Depression can lead to a range of different behavioral and physical symptoms.
Common Effects of Depression:
Identifying The Causes
Mental health disorders can be sourced biologically, physiologically, and socially. Conventional treatment will “disguise” the disorder with a combination of medications that will mask symptoms with a false perception of treatment. The brain’s tolerance to the medication will increase with use triggering symptoms to reoccur. These medications are highly addictive and abused because the cause was not identified.
Naturopathic physicians focus on the patient as a whole—mind, body, and spirit. Addressing the root cause is the key to prevention and treatment. Treatment evaluates your individual stress levels, diet, and lifestyle on eliminating cause and learning prevention.
When one properly begins the process of detoxification and cleansing of the mind and body health will begin to restore to its balanced functional state.