Do you suffer from generalized anxiety disorder? If so, you may be unaware of the function of two important organs in your brain and how they control your anxiety levels - the Hippocampii (hip-o-camp-eye) and Amygdalae (a-mig-da-lee). These are big names for two tiny little organs that are located deep inside your brain. These little devils can really mess up your life if they are thrown out of balance. In fact, the HPA Axis (hippocampus, pituitary & adrenal) in your brain is the center of the whole stress response system in your entire body.
The problem is that we all live such high stress lifestyles, that it is becoming more and more common for these organs to be very poorly functioning. And since few of us truly understand how our Endocrine System works… that’s the system of the body that produces and controls all your hormones; it’s tough to understand what things to do more of and what things to do less of to get the whole system to balance itself out.
Thankfully, there are many natural alternatives to drug therapy that you can use to control your anxiety. There are also many great tools such as the Hamilton Anxiety Scale to help you understand the severity of the problem you face.
The Hamilton Anxiety Scale is a rating scale developed to quantify the severity of anxiety symptoms. It consists of 14 items, each defined by a series of symptoms. Each item is rated on a 5-point scale, ranging from 0 (not present) to 4 (severe). You complete the checklist and tally your score. Needless to say, a higher number is worse than a lower number.
With the stress levels in the world, it would be unusual indeed if you didn’t feel anxious some of the time about various issues in your life. The trick is to deal with stress effectively so that generalized anxiety disorder doesn’t start to take over your life and control you. The whole thing can be a vicious cycle and if it starts to get the better of you, you may have a tough time getting back on an even keel.
There really is no rhyme nor reason regarding who gets generalized anxiety disorder or when or where. It is not picky. It affects young and old, men and women, girls, boys, all races, the rich and the poor, the healthy and the sick. This is because it is a disease or condition of choice. It all comes down to how you manage your stress. If you allow stress to pull your body out of balance, you can get G.A.D. It’s as simple as that.
Once you get it, it’s tough to eliminate and it can be a life-eclipsing condition. For this reason, it is best to be diligent about stress and worries so you don’t have to get generalized anxiety disorder in the first place.