Anxiety is the most prevalent of all psychiatric disorders. In general, anxiety is a normal emotion that can encourage preparation and appropriate caution required for daily activities. When anxiety becomes severe, however, it can be debilitating and reduce quality of life.
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- 1 Naturopathic Assessment
- 2 Characteristics
- 3 Naturopathic Treatment
- 4 References
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- Relaxation and Stress Reduction
- Daily mind-body exercise and relaxation exercises may help to treat and prevent anxiety.
- Substance Abuse
- It is well known that daily situations can lead to anxiety. Events such as job loss, divorce, death of a loved one, or relocation can stimulate anxious feelings. 
- Prescription Medications
- Some medications, including analgesics, stimulants, and thyroid preparations can cause anxiety.
There are no lab tests or imaging to rule in or rule out anxiety, but relevant diagnostic investigations need to be explored to rule out the presence of other conditions that may be contributing. The following are the DSM-IV criteria for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD):
- Intense worrying must occur on most days for a continuous 6 month period
- Three of the following must be present:
Related Symptoms and Conditions
- Organic and psychiatric disease often are associated with, result from, or lead to, anxiety disorders. The following conditions are often in some way linked with anxiety disorders:, 
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Anxiety is characterized by physical and emotional feelings of distress and unease that can arise from a variety of triggers. Anxiety is classified into different categories based on symptoms. The categories include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Anxiety due to a medical condition
- Substance-induced anxiety
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Panic attacks and panic disorder
- Phobic (fear-based) disorders
The most common symptoms associated with anxiety relate to the chest. These include:
- heart palpitations (awareness of a more forceful or faster heart beat)
- throbbing or stabbing pains in the chest
- a feeling of chest tightness and inability to take enough air
- a tendency to sigh or hyperventilate.
Anxiety can cause tension in the muscles of the back and neck and can lead to:
Other symptoms can include:
- excessive sweating
- drynesss of mouth
- irritable bowel symptoms.
The goal of naturopathic treatment is to support and work in tandem with the healing power of the body and to address the causal factors of disease with individual treatment strategies. The treatment of anxiety typically has a better outcome if an integrated approach that involves some form of counselling is used.
It is always advisable to work with a naturopathic doctor before engaging in any treatment plan.
Home Care strategies include:
- Ensure that you provide sufficient time during a day to get all your tasks completed and to relax and enjoy your day.
Lifestyle recommendations include:
- Exercise has been shown to have beneficial effects on anxiety. Aerobic exercise in particular seems to have the largest beneficial effect on mood. 
- Ensuring adequate sleep is both a way to prevent and treat anxiety.
- Relaxation techniques including guided imagery, hypnosis, sound therapy, and aromatherapy have been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of anxiety. Therapies that facilitate a patient remembering a deeply relaxed state may be especially beneficial. 
The prescribing of naturopathic therapies requires the guidance of a naturopathic doctor as it depends on a number of factors including the causal factors, a person's age, prescription medications, other conditions and symptoms and overall health. It is always advisable to work with a naturopathic doctor prior to taking any natural therapies.
Naturopathic Therapies for anxiety include:
- Clinical Nutritional Supplementation includes
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- Botanical remedies such as Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinale), Mistletoe (Viscum album), Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), Scullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora), St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), Vervain (Verbena officinalis), Kava-kava (Piper methysticum), Withania (Withania somnifera)
- Homeopathic remedies such as Aconitum, Argentum nitricum, Arsenicum album, Calcarea carbonica, Gelsemium, Phosphorus, Stramonium., 
- Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes the varied presentations of anxiety, and treatment is dependent on detailed assessment. Treatment principles utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine to address anxiety include:
- Calm the Mind
- Nourish Yin
- Tonify Spleen
- Nourish Heart Yin
- Tonify Qi
- Move Liver Qi
- Subdue Liver Yang Rising
- CBT, Talk therapy, counselling and psychotherapy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder in conjuction with, or independent from, conventional medical intervention.
Reviewed by Iva Lloyd, BScH, RPE, ND 
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