Anxiety is common today, and it is not confined to only adults. Many teenagers suffer anxiety as well, and the numbers are growing.

There are different types of anxiety but the most common type we see is called Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).

Symptoms are many and varied, ranging from agitation, nervousness, panic, tingling, fear, palpitations, chest tightness, light-headedness, dizziness, sleeplessness, muscular twitching and limb jerking, digestive disturbances, short temper, concentration and memory lapses, confusion, fatigue and loss of humour, to name a few.

Anxiety can come on suddenly, after a major event or life change, or it can be of gradual onset, occurring insidiously over many years.

Often the person is unaware of the condition, mistaking the physical symptoms for something that they perceive as life-threatening. This adds to the anxiety and can be quite frightening. Catastrophising is where “from little things big things grow”.

Sometimes the person can be so fragile and sensitive that any form of intensity, emotional or physical, can trigger symptoms.

Over the years we have helped many people with anxiety disorders recover their balance and health in a few naturopathic consultations.

The combination of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), which is a technique where the person learns to tap on certain parts of the face and upper body, CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), a therapy which changes the way we perceive events in our lives, and some nutritional support invariably form a successful combination to overcome anxiety.