Living With Anxiety

We all feel stressed and anxious from time to time but it’s a different ballgame for people diagnosed with anxiety disorders. This makes it difficult for some people to understand why they act the way they do when they’re in a highly-stressful situation.

What It’s Actually Like To Live With Anxiety:

It causes sleeping problems.

Difficulty falling or staying asleep is a common problem among people with anxiety disorders. Some experience nightmares and hallucinations all throughout the night, making it more difficult to get a good night’s sleep.

It makes you feel like you’re a prisoner of your own mind.

For some people, anxiety makes them feel like everything’s an uphill battle. They find it difficult to focus, unable to explain to other people what it’s like to be a prisoner of their own mind. Hence, many end up saying they’re ‘just tired.’

The pain and suffering are real.

Just because other people can’t see it doesn’t mean that the pain and suffering of those with anxiety are not real. In fact, they can be as painful as a physical injury. Take for example the case of those with post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. When faced with certain triggers, they can have a panic attack. And all the emotions and memories from their traumatic experience are coming back against their will.

It’s like living everyday with fear.

For some people, their anxiety disorder makes them feel like they’re living in fear. There’s that incessant voice in their head saying, ‘everything will fall apart.’ So, even with minor things like a moving object behind a tree can set them into a panic state, wanting to run or hide. The paranoid thoughts looping in their minds can be so debilitating, keeping them from living a normal life.

 

While therapy and medications certainly help in regulating the symptoms of anxiety disorders, some people don’t find any success with it or experience undesirable side effects. If this is your case, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can help.

TMS is a minimally-invasive procedure that’s FDA-approved. It uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. Several studies have shown that TMS can help improve the symptoms of anxiety disorders with no to very minor side effects (usually a headache).

 

If conventional anxiety treatment isn’t working for you, we can help.

 

References:

https://www.prevention.com/life/a20486246/living-with-anxiety/

https://hellogiggles.com/lifestyle/health-fitness/women-anxiety-disorders/

https://www.bustle.com/articles/178618-what-its-really-like-to-live-with-anxiety

 

 

5 Resolutions for Better Mental Health

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions that are related to physical health but we rarely, if at all, make ones that can benefit our mental health.

Mental health is rarely talked about during the New Year but it is a vital element of our overall health.

Poor mental health can lead to a myriad of health problems. Make this year different and prioritize your mental health.

Committing to these five resolutions can lead to a better, healthier you!

  1. 1. Eat more whole foods

A lot of people make this resolution to benefit themselves physically. But did you know that healthy eating can also do good to your mental health.

Research has it that nutrition has a role to play in mental health. People who consume more whole foods like fruits and vegetables have lower levels of depression compared to those who eat less. Eating whole foods especially those that belong in the broccoli family can also benefit you in the long run as they can help slow cognitive decline.

  1. 2. Make time for physical activity

Whether it’s cleaning your yard, walking, or running, any physical activity can help you. For years, research has shown that exercise is the most effective way of reducing depression or anxiety.

If you have been sedentary in the past years, it’s best to start slow and find an activity that you enjoy. This allows you to adhere religiously to your exercise plan.

  1. 3. Get enough sleep

There’s a strong correlation between sleep and mental health. When you’re constantly sleep deprived, you are compromising your psychological and mental health. And when you already have these issues, you are more likely to suffer from insomnia and other sleep problems.

How sleep affects mental health and vice versa is still not fully understood but brain studies suggest that having a good night sleep contributes to both mental and emotional resilience. Chronic sleep deprivation, on the other hand, can make you more prone to emotional instability and having negative thoughts.

  1. 4. Cut back on your screen time

Want more time to exercise, prepare healthier meals, and/or sleep? Reducing your screen time may help.

You don’t have to give up your favorite show. It just means you have to do it in moderation. Studies have shown that excessive TV watching and use of smartphones (and other similar devices) can affect sleep and mental health.

  1. 5. Seek professional help

Sometimes, we think of mental health problem as something we can just snap out of. The truth is, sometimes we just need professional help.

If your mental health issues are keeping you from living life fully, then visit a specialist. If you didn’t have success with any of the traditional treatment methods, don’t feel defeated. There are alternative treatment options that can help you.

 

 

References:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/sleep-and-mental-health

http://theconversation.com/new-years-resolutions-for-better-mental-health-87255

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding Mental Health & Reversing the Stigma

According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness,  over 40 million Americans suffer from some form of mental Illness such as depression, schizophrenia,  bipolar, and anxiety disorders.

Mental Illness is not uncommon. In fact, one in every four families have family members who have mental health issues. Regardless of this astonishing figure, many of them do not seek help due to the stigma of mental health problems.

What can be done to reverse the stigma?

There are things we can do to abolish the stigma attached to mental health issues:

  1. Raise awareness

If you’re suffering from a mental health problem, then one of the best things you can do to reverse the stigma is using your own experience to educate other people.

 

  1. Educate yourself

When you educate yourself about these mental health issues, you will realize that the stigmas on these conditions are either exaggerations or lies.

A good start of educating yourself is learning the symptoms and treatment of different mental health illnesses. Doing this will make you understand what those people with mental health issues are battling with.

 

  1. Attend events that support the cause

Attending such events create a significant impact in removing the stigma on mental health illnesses. Being there and showing your support is like saying there is no shame in talking about mental health problems.

Traveling Tips for Anxiety

Going out of the comfort zone, experiencing new cultures, and trusting strangers may be considered by many as an exciting part of travel but it’s a different case for people with anxiety disorders.

About 1 in 5 American adults have an anxiety disorder. These include conditions like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety, and phobias.

Traveling with anxiety can be different for every person. Some gets nervous in crowded places while others can’t stop worrying. Whether it’s excessive worrying or getting too nervous in certain situations for you, there are things you can do to still enjoy your trip:

  • Plan your itinerary

Having a well-researched itinerary can help in easing your anxiety. Finding out beforehand which places are safe to walk around, best ways to go around the city, and learning when the top attractions open can help you put your mind to ease.

  • Be smart in packing

Packing the night before your trip  won’t be helpful in keeping your anxiety level low for the trip.

Whether it’s a 3-day or a 2-week vacation, it’s best to pack days before your scheduled trip. If you tend to forget things, a packing list would help.

 

  • Focus on the positive

Sometimes no matter how prepared we are, things happen. When it does, the best thing you can do is to focus on the positive.

There are some of the things you can do to travel stress-free even with your anxiety. However, if you feel like your anxiety is taking over your life, we can help. Contact NeurOasis today for a free consultation.

Top Causes of Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders in the United States. It is estimated that about 40 million adults in the country are suffering from anxiety. That accounts for about 18.1% of the population.

Anxiety is usually caused by the following:

  1. Stress
    Stress especially when experienced on a long-term basis such as being in a job you disliked or being in an emotionally-damaging relationship can make you more susceptible to anxiety disorders.Stress can eventually lead to anxiety disorders as it affects the part of the brain that controls coping; it affects the balance of hormones and brain chemicals (also known as neurotransmitters) and it overwhelms your mind.
  2. Life Experiences
    Anxiety disorders can develop as a result of experiences from childhood. They can also be a result of rough upbringing.You may learn anxiety from your parents or from their teachings (e.g. if you’ve been constantly told that strangers will harm you, you may grow up having a phobia on them).
  3. Trauma
    There are certain traumas that can lead to the development of anxiety disorders. These are usually severe forms of trauma that put you under intense stress. Near death experiences, sexual assault, violence, and witnessing death are examples of such trauma.
  4. Change
    Each of us has different ways of coping with changes. Some of us cope with change easily while others don’t. For those who are struggling in coping with changes are at risk of developing anxiety disorders. This can happen as change can cause a person to suffer from a significant amount of stress.
  5. Anxiety
    Yes, you read that right. Anxiety itself can lead to succeeding episodes of anxiety. Earlier experiences with anxiety or panic attacks can cause an overwhelming fear and stress, leading to future anxiety or panic attacks.

If your anxiety is affecting your day-to-day life, NeurOasis can help. We specialize in the treating anxiety and other mental health disorders through TMS.

The Physical Effects of Anxiety

We all experience anxiety from time to time. However, this occasional anxiety is different from what one has with an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders are more than just having a temporary worry or fear. It involves incessant worries that do not go away easily. In many cases, they get worse over time.

Chronic anxiety does not just interfere with daily activities and relationships; it can also have an impact on physical health.

Anxiety and Physical Health

Anxiety-provoking situations trigger our body’s “fight or flight” response. This results in the release of chemicals and hormones, causing a myriad of events which include a faster heart rate and breathing.

The body reacts this way to prepare you to respond appropriately to the situation. While this is a completely healthy response from the body, repeated exposure to the stressor can break the balance.

When you are repeatedly stressed or anxious, the body ends up not getting the signal to return to normal functioning. And this can weaken the immune system, making you more prone to viral infections.

Other body systems such as the excretory and digestive systems may also suffer. Chronic anxiety can lead to loss of appetite and it’s even suspected to contribute to the development of irritable bowel syndrome.

Anxiety disorders also increases one’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

What To Do

If you are living with anxiety and haven’t had any success with the conventional treatment methods, TMS therapy may be right for you.

TMS therapy, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a noninvasive and FDA-approved treatment for conditions like anxiety and depression. In this form of therapy, short pulses of magnetic field are administered. These pulses of magnetic field stimulate the disrupted areas of the brain, causing improvement of symptoms.

To schedule a free consultation with NeurOasis, call (520) 338-2557, or fill out this form on our website.

Is Anxiety Taking Over Your Life?

Many of us experience anxiety from time to time. You may have felt it while applying for a job or when attending an event where you don’t know anyone. While occasional anxiety is normal, persistent anxiety is not.

What is chronic anxiety?

Chronic anxiety, which is also known as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), is a condition characterized by excessive and exaggerated worry.

People suffering from GAD tend to have ongoing and excessive worry or tension, often feel restless, and have unrealistic view of problems. Their anxiety does not just affect the way they think, feel, and behave, it can also affect them physically.

Those living with GAD may experience muscle aches and tension, headaches, nausea, fatigue, trouble falling or staying asleep, difficulty in breathing, and trembling.

Effects of GAD

A person suffering from GAD is plagued with constant worry, dread, and fear. This, in turn, can affect different areas of his/her life including school, work, and relationships.

Managing Anxiety Disorders with TMS Therapy

Anxiety disorders can be managed. Some of the most common ways of managing anxiety disorders include anti-anxiety medications, behavioral therapy, and cognitive therapy. However, if none of these work for you, then you may try TMS therapy.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS is a safe, effective, and noninvasive way of managing conditions like anxiety. It works by creating a magnetic field for inducing a small electric current in a specific area of the brain. The small electric current suppresses the overactive area of the brain, leading to reduction of anxiety symptoms.

If you’re considering TMS therapy, NeurOasis in Tucson can help. We are dedicated to treating patients suffering from conditions like GAD who are no longer responsive to traditional treatments. To find out more how TMS therapy can help your anxiety disorder, schedule a free consultation with us today.

KOMO News: Depression treatment has success when medication doesn’t

Millions of Americans suffer from depression each day, including Seattle resident Jim Broulette. According a recent KOMO News article…

Millions of Americans suffer from depression each day, including Seattle resident Jim Broulette. According a recent KOMO News article, Broulette has battled depression and anxiety for half his life, managing it with medication. Until recently, standard drug treatments have worked for him.

Following his unsuccessful response to medication, Broulette was advised to try transcranial magnetic stimulation as an alternative treatment method by the Seattle Neuropsychiatric Treatment Center. To KOMO News, Broulette reported a significant change in his life, stating that his love of people and interaction was restored.

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2008, TMS has begun to become more available across the United States. Many patients such as Broulette have seen positive results- 60 percent of which see benefits lasting up to a year after the standard treatment course, which includes five sessions a week for a month.

Read the full article, including commentary from Steattle Neuropsychiatric Treatment Center physician, Dr. Suzanne Kerns, and learn more about TMS here.