Anxiety is characterised as a general feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can range from mild to severe. While everyone will experience anxiety at some points in their lives, such as before a job interview or exam, however, those with anxiety disorders have these feelings more constantly which can often affect their daily lives.
Anxiety is the main symptom of a number of conditions, including:
Other symptoms of Anxiety disorders can include:
Anxiety can be triggered by a huge range of things, depending on the condition and the person. For some, such as those with generalised Anxiety disorder, Anxiety may be a daily occurrence linked to a number of situations and events as opposed to just one trigger. However, in other cases, Anxiety may be triggered by a specific event – for example, someone with agoraphobia may become anxious when leaving the house.
The causes of anxiety can be complex and varied. These may include:
However, many people can develop some anxiety disorders for no apparent reason.
There are a number of treatment options that can be pursued for the treatment of Anxiety. These will depend on the cause and severity of anxiety. For example, for anxiety related to drug or alcohol misuse, those problems are usually addressed first to determine whether the anxiety will be resolved on its own.
The following treatment options may also be considered:
Ongoing research has revealed that cannabinoids – particularly CBD and THC – found in cannabis can be helpful in managing symptoms and reducing generalised feelings of Anxiety. Cannabinoids activate Endocannabinoid System (ECS) receptors in our bodies which are now known to play an important role in mood regulation.
Our specialist physicians are experienced in assessing individual cases and helping to determine whether medical cannabis could be an effective option.