Understanding Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States.  Affecting as many as 40 million people in the United States over the age of 18. That is a staggering 18.1% of the population every year!  With the uptick in mental health awareness, and the increased spread of information, this number is sure to grow exponentially.

While anxiety can be normal, such as in a stressful situation like public speaking or taking a test. Many Americans suffer from anxiety that is an indicator of underlying disease.  For these people the feelings of anxiety become excessive, all-consuming, and interfere with daily living, this is an indicator that there is something off balance in the autonomic nervous system.

While medication is common in treating these disorders, it often is “trial by error” to find a medication that provides relief.  Not only can this practice be expensive, but the time it takes to find the medication can be excessive, leaving the person suffering longer than necessary.  In many of these cases the presents of anxiety is a symptom to other reactions going on in the body; often times this underlying issue will go undiagnosed.  Understanding the underlying issue and gaining control will often alleviate anxiety without the use of medications to treat the “anxiety” symptom.  The relief of anxiety comes when the balance is restored to the autonomic nervous system.

Physio PS can ensure that the underlying disease is recognized. Alleviating the need to treat the symptom while enabling the most comprehensive response to improve the health of the person suffering.

Gaining the insights provided by Physio PS monitoring, can expedite the feelings of improvement while tackling the root cause. Treating the cause of the anxiety is crucial to restore the balance of the autonomic nervous system and is monumental to the prevention of escalating problems. Alternative, suppressing the symptoms and not remedying the underlying cause can lead to serious health risks down the road and the potential for further misdiagnosis.

‘RFa’ is known to be a measure of Parasympathetic activity and ‘LFa’ is known to be a measure of Sympathetic activity, based on reference: Colombo J, Arora RR, DePace NL, Vinik AI, Clinical Autonomic Dysfunction: Measurement, Indications, Therapies, and Outcomes. Springer Science + Business Media, New York, NY; 2014.