Why Anxiety Has Become Epidemic and How to Manage It Without Drugs

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) published a poll in May 2018 that shows Americans’ anxiety levels are steadily increasing. Regardless of gender, age, or ethnicity, the poll reveals that Americans are anxious about health, safety, finances, relationships, and politics. If you have an anxiety disorder, you’re certainly not alone.

It seems clear to us at Emerald Neuro-Recover that anxiety has reached epidemic proportions, and people are struggling to manage their feelings of fear, panic, and depression. The reasons for the rising tide of anxiety are complex and intertwined.

Some experts think that the increase in anxiety and depression is due to weaker ties within communities. In some places, it’s more unusual to know your neighbors than not, and technology has made it easier to develop friendships around the world, which may lead you to neglect relationships with the people who live near you.

Another possibility is that society is more focused now on things like money, status, and other external goals. Even the high expectations we have -- that you can do anything you want and that happiness is a choice -- can lead to anxiety. No matter the underlying reasons for it, anxiety is a problem for many people, and if you’re one of them, we can help.

Treatments for anxiety disorder

One of the first treatments for anxiety disorder is lifestyle modification. Eating a nutritious diet, exercising, and learning stress reduction techniques are positive steps to take regardless of your situation. However, they’re not usually sufficient for treating anxiety disorder.

Drugs are another option for treating anxiety. There are myriad pharmaceutical treatments for generalized anxiety disorder, and some of them have serious drawbacks. For example, benzodiazepines are frequently prescribed for acute anxiety, but they can create physical dependance.

Various types of psychotherapy are also commonly prescribed for anxiety disorder, sometimes along with medications and sometimes alone. There are several types of therapies that are considered appropriate for anxiety. Finding the right combination of medication and therapy can be a daunting and difficult task.

A different approach

NAD+ plays an important role in metabolism, as well as in many other critical bodily functions. It’s been studied as a potential treatment for several neurodegenerative conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and others.

It has also been studied in the context of treating chronic fatigue syndrome. In one study, researchers found that NAD+ was associated with a decrease in anxiety in people with chronic fatigue syndrome.

When our clinicians determine NAD+ is an appropriate treatment for anxiety, we administer NAD+ intravenously as it would basically be absorbed faster than it would be if it is taken orally.

Researchers are still deciphering exactly how NAD+ works within the human body. However, early studies show that it is well-tolerated and most side effects come from the infusion being given too quickly.

Anxiety is treatable. You can live your life with less worry. If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from anxiety, and you haven’t found a treatment that helps, book an appointment online or by phone at Emerald Neuro-Recover and begin learning about NAD+ and how it could help you.

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