Fighting Anxiety Naturally
You walk into a psychotherapy appointment or on a tennis court with good intentions, when all of a sudden your mind sprinkles anxious symptoms all over you. For someone who has never experienced anxiety, this may be quite frightening: worry, fear, uneasiness, on edge, constantly touching your hands or face or feeling like something bad is going to happen.
For a seasoned veteran suffering from anxiety, the symptoms listed above are nothing new; just more pain to suffer but grow from. For many, medications are used to control anxiety, especially panic attacks. Medications such as antidepressants take at least 4-6 weeks for you to see a difference in your anxiety, and even then it’s no guarantee.
Nothing is a guarantee when it comes to mental illness. Don’t get me wrong, medications work great for anxiety! But you just have to make the choice of wanting to be on one or not. Remember that no medication is free of side effects. Your typical SSRIs commonly cause sexual dysfunction such as delayed ejaculation, anorgasmia, reduced sexual desire and more.
But it doesn’t mean that you will experience sexual side effects if you get started on an SSRI, but it’s definitely worth being informed about them! The other solution of battling anxiety is fighting it naturally, such as going through psychotherapy, performing mindfulness in your free time, praying or just experiencing the symptoms enough times that you eventually adopt a good control over them.
When you decide to take the natural route, you will notice that it’s a much more rocky and unpredictable road: the symptoms can return at anytime and you must be prepared to deal with them. When on medications, the symptoms tend to be much better controlled in the long run.
But the risk of experiencing side effects from antidepressants does not outweigh the benefits in many peoples’ eyes. So they rely on beating anxiety naturally. But “beating” is the wrong word because you will never beat a mental illness, you will just learn how to be in better control of it! And being in better control may mean never experiencing the symptoms ever again.
You won’t “beat” it because there is no cure for any mental illness; there is no magic formula or special medication which eradicates the mental illness from your mind. There is no talk therapy which does that either! The illness is multifactorial: genes, altered levels of neurotransmitters, unconscious conflicts, personality, receptor damage 2/2 alcohol or drug use, etc.
Your goal should not be to “beat” your mental illness. No . . . your goal is not that. Your goal is to live a happy life and not allow your mental illness to take that away from you!
Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)