The Links between Hormones and Anxiety
When we think about anxiety, particularly our own, we are reminded about how debilitating the effects can be. Here we discuss the links between hormones and anxiety. Many sufferers are not even aware that anxiety is classified as a mental health disorder.
Medical research has shown the connection between hormones and the levels of anxiety we experience.
What many do not realize is that this is a ‘two-way’ street. Elevated levels of anxiety, and the stress it manifests, also appear to affect the proper function of hormones.
We need to look at the broader picture as to what might be happening with you before looking for solutions like hormonal therapy.
One of the first areas to review is our current state of physical well being. What is our overall fitness level? Do we exercise regularly? Do we maintain a healthy balanced diet?
When these elements are out of what would be considered a ‘normal range’ for your age, then a hormonal imbalance can start to affect your ability to manage anxiety.
If we are serious about managing our stress levels and the resulting anxiety, we need to start by applying some common sense in our lives. At risk of stating the obvious, lets spell it out!
- Maintain a regular exercise routine.
- Eat a nutritionally balanced diet.
- Get the right amount of sleep.
- If you are low in B group vitamins, then take a supplement.
The good news is that anxiety can be effectively treated in most cases without resorting to hormonal therapies even if the root cause is hormones.
Mental health treatments such as behavioral therapy can be very effective in dealing with various levels of anxiety. Using psychological techniques, the mind can be trained to control anxiety.
Its important to understand that medication based treatments are only an attempt to manage the symptoms of anxiety, not solve the underlying cause of anxiety.
Over time, we naturally build up a resistance to the medication and the effects diminish. Training the mind to control anxiety is much more beneficial and sustainable in the long term.
In the final analysis, behavioral therapy needs to be viewed as part of a holistic treatment that includes the important nutritional and lifestyle elements all working together to support a healthy lifestyle.
None of us are destined to live with stress and anxiety as a permanent feature of our life. With the right help and guidance you can take greater control over your own anxiety.