Hands up, who has anxiety?
The chances are that someone you know suffers from some sort of anxiety disorder.
Mind UK has suggested that at any one time, there is 8% of people with both depression and anxiety, and 6% of people with GAD (generalised anxiety disorder) here in the UK. That’s a lot of people when you think about it.
However, there are a lot of people who feel that they are suffering alone with this varied and complex set of conditions. Anxiety is something that we know well, so no matter what, please remember, you’re never alone!
What is anxiety?
There are many different conditions that come under the umbrella of anxiety, ranging from GAD to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) to more specific conditions like social anxiety and phobias. It’s really hard to classify the symptoms for any one of these, as everyone’s experience can be different.
As you can see, that is a massive range of different conditions. Particularly as anxiety often comes in combination with another condition too, like depression for example.
The common thing with most of these conditions, particularly things like GAD, is worrying. We’re not just talking the odd bit of worry either. We’re talking about something which can become so all-consuming, that people’s lives are dramatically affected by it. Some may be so anxious that they become housebound.
What does anxiety feel like?
We can only really talk from our own experiences here. Anxiety can be all-consuming. At best, it can feel like your stomach is in knots. At worst it can lead to panic attacks, where you feel like you actually may die! Sometimes you feel like you can’t even sleep because you cannot switch off your brain.
A good example of anxiety is going somewhere you’ve never been before. Most people without anxiety will check where they’re going, get the satnav on and just go. But if you’ve got anxiety? Your brain starts playing through every single scenario, no matter how impossible about what could go wrong! From burst tyres to getting lost (even with a satnav!) to not finding somewhere to park. Oh, what about if you need the toilet on the way? Or what if you’re in an accident? The list goes on, and on!
When you write this all down, it can seem really trivial, but an anxious brain doesn’t understand this. To that person, all these issues, no matter how unlikely they are, are bound to happen to them and all at the same time!
How do you treat anxiety?
There are many different schools of thought on how you can treat anxiety. Some people need to take prescribed medication, whereas others can manage their anxiety through other means.
Like with many mental health conditions, there really is no one size fits all!
The medication available can be pretty serious stuff, so, for example, Beta Blockers are often prescribed for anxiety. Other choices may include drugs in the tranquiliser family, such as Benzodiazepine, antipsychotic medications are used in some cases too. Whilst we’re not medical experts, we would agree that any drug intervention needs to be really researched. After all, all drugs no matter how common they are they can cause side effects.
Non-medication treatments include things like talking therapies and CBT. Both of these may be used in conjunction with prescribed medicines. There is a whole vast range of holistic therapies that people have found helpful too. But again, it’s all down to personal choice. For some people, hypnotherapy works really well, for others it may not be right for them.
With most conditions like anxiety and other mental health disorders, it’s all about what is right for you.
What about CBD?
There is increasing anecdotal evidence that CBD can help with anxiety-based conditions too, which for some people, maybe enough to ease their symptoms.
There is lots of ongoing research about our endocannabinoid system and how the use of CBD can offer some help to people who are suffering from a wide range of anxiety disorders, so watch this space!
If you’re looking for more information about CBD and anxiety, then check out our information sheet here.
If you are unsure about which CBD products to use, then please get in touch we’d be happy to help