Acupuncture for Anxiety

Anxiety disorder, acupuncture, upper west side, manhattan, nyc

Anxiety Definition

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can effectively treat Anxiety Disorders, but what exactly is anxiety disorder and what are the signs of anxiety disorder?

By definition - anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, unease, or fear around an event or something with an uncertain outcome. There are varying forms of anxiety including social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder - which is the most common, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and agoraphobia. 

Signs you have anxiety disorder

Many people suffer from anxiety - sometimes it's purely circumstantial and short lived and other times it starts as circumstantial but becomes frequent, eventually affecting your life. 

A common measurement of having anxiety disorder is worrying about "normal" occurrences, even when the focus is very minor considered by most people. If excessive thoughts occur 6 out of 7 days for an extended period of at least 6 months, this is an indication of generalized anxiety disorder. When someone is suffering from anxiety, not only do they worry, but other aspects of life are affected. Physical symptoms begin to invade your life causing increased difficulty coping with professional and personal life. Below are popular symptoms that will be notice with generalized anxiety disorder. 

Anxiety and Insomnia

We all know how sleep plays an important role on our health and wellness, our mood, our production at work and everything else! Insomnia can present itself in two ways: inability to fall asleep or stay asleep followed by not feeling well-rested. People who suffer from anxiety most times find themselves awake at night with their mind racing; if this sounds familiar to you, your insomnia may be caused by your anxiety.

Anxiety and Digestion

When our digestion is just off, it can be horrible! When anxiety hits, you may have constipation or diarrhea, you can even have both simultaneously. The digestive system just doesn't flow right when our nervous system is impacted with anxiety. In addition, if you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Crohn's Disease, you may have a flare-up. Emotions and bowels go hand-in-hand. If you've never noticed changes with your bowels during high anxiety times, pay a little more attention to what your body is telling you. 

Anxiety and Chest Tightness

Among all symptoms associated with anxiety, chest tightness and pain is very concerning. In fact, chest pain associated with anxiety is one of the most common hospitalizations because people think they are having a heart attack. Chest tightness is caused by the inability to breath correctly; oxygen flow disrupts blood flow which then causes the heart to work overtime. Because chest tightness and pain can resemble a heart attack, it is best to seek medical attention immediately. 

Anxiety and Mood Swings

You were once fun to be around, but lately your mood has you irritable, impatient, and sometimes downright mean. When people are anxious, oftentimes, they are not aware of how they treat others because they are suffering internally. When you add insomnia into the equation, mood swings can become even more noticeable.

Anxiety and Acupuncture

Acupuncture treatment for anxiety can be different for every patient, but calming points are typically used. Acupuncture is very beneficial for anxiety sufferers. Lifestyle changes, mindfulness, and meditation may be implemented into your treatment plan. 

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