Anxiety can be debilitating, with sufferers struggling to carry out even the simplest tasks due to overwhelming feelings of worry and unease. Many people go to their doctors looking for ways to ease their anxiety using inhalers for anxiety, so it’s no surprise that there are dozens of medicines on the market marketed as treatment options. Unfortunately, not all of them work as well as they claim, and some even come with very serious side effects.
Anti-Anxiety Medications Are Not Effective
It is hard to say what specifically works best because so many people have different triggers, but I do know that anti-anxiety medications are not effective. In the past, my doctor prescribed me Klonopin, which was the wrong choice. It’s one of these benzodiazepine drugs like Xanax and Valium. These drugs make you feel better in the moment but they don’t actually help with anxiety at all because they just make you less likely to have anxiety symptoms or panic attacks in a specific time frame. You might as well be popping Tylenol for a headache! If you’re looking for something that will actually help with your anxiety, try therapy, meditation or taking up yoga.
The Link Between Lung Health and Mental Health
Some people might think that there’s no connection between the lungs and our mental health, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, many scientists believe that chronic asthma may actually be causing depression by decreasing oxygen levels in the brain. One study even found that people who had chronic asthma were three times more likely to develop depression than those without asthma. This is because when you have an attack, your airways are often constricted, which can lead to inflammation of the cells in your lungs as well as decreased oxygen levels in your bloodstream.
Breathing Exercises May Help
Breathing exercises can be a helpful tool in the treatment of anxiety. The idea behind breathing exercises is to focus on breathing slowly and deeply, which in turn reduces the level of stress hormones circulating in your body. There are many different types of breathing exercises that you can try, but one example is called Alternate Nostril Breathing. With this exercise, you will sit comfortably with your spine erect. Now close off your right nostril with your thumb (keep it closed), exhale through the left nostril, and then inhale again while closing off the left nostril with your index finger. You can repeat this process as many times as you want until you feel relief from anxiety or stress symptoms.
Alternative Treatment Options
When anxiety spirals out of control, it can take its toll on the body. Many people turn to pharmaceuticals such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan or Klonopin in order to bring their mental state back into balance. These medications are often effective at relieving physical symptoms such as shaking or dizziness, but they do nothing to address the underlying issue of anxiety. There are a variety of alternative treatment options that may be worth considering if you’re looking for an alternative to prescription drugs.
Early Detection Can Prevent Late Tragedy
All of us, at one time or another, have felt anxious about something. It may be a big event like graduating from college or getting married or it may be something small like going to the dentist. Whatever the situation, when you feel anxious your body reacts with certain physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, shortness of breath, and sweating. When these reactions are out of the ordinary they can be a sign that you have an anxiety disorder.
Allergies Affect Mental Health
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, with 18% of adults experiencing an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. In fact, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in this country alone. That’s more people than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined! Many people experience anxiety as a result of chronic allergies. Allergies can cause a person to feel irritable, tired, restless or unable to sleep. Allergies may also cause panic attacks when they occur at the same time as an allergic reaction.
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