Leah Casciano

Where it Comes from & How to Deal with it


Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, there are people with anxiety disorders who frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Anxiety disorders often involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes which can be known as panic attacks.

These feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control, are out of proportion to the actual danger and can last a long time. You may avoid places or situations to prevent these feelings. However, no one wants to have to put limitations on places they can go or things they can do; we want a cure.

There are different types of anxiety disorders: generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder (social phobia), specific phobias and separation anxiety disorder. It is the silent killer affecting more than 20 million men and women each day. They are partly genetic but may also be due to drug use, including alcohol, caffeine and benzodiasepines (which are often prescribed to treat anxiety), as well as withdrawal from drug abuse. They often occur with other mental disorders, particularly bipolar disorder, eating disorders, major depression or certain personality disorders. Common treatment options include lifestyle changes, medication, and therapy.

It's not in your head, it's in your body. Studies have shown that a majority of people who suffer from chronic stress, nervousness and panic are missing key nutritional elements in their diet, which throws their brain chemistry off balance. With the increasingly nutrient-deficient food on the market today, these problems are on the rise in a major way.

With a balanced diet of whole foods and added natural supplements when needed, your enitre life can change. Once your nutrition has stabilized, you're able to get the proper amount of sleep you need. And once you're getting the proper sleep, your nerves can start to dissipate.

Even more important than all of that is to know that you are never alone. There is always someone out there that can relate to the exact feelings you have. Keeping your anxiety hidden can only promote more anxiety. So speak up, reach out, and get help.

We can do together what we cannot do alone.