In women, anxiety my be much more complex than an emotional state. The goal in Naturopathic medicine is to treat the fundamental cause of the illness, and anxiety could be related to a host of underlying conditions including: nutritional deficiencies (for example of iron), either too high or too low stress hormones, hormone imbalance (especially if symptoms are worse premenstrually), poor blood sugar control or hypoglycemia, stress coping techniques or an overactive thyroid gland to name a few. Treatment is then two-fold: first locating and addressing the underlying cause, and also immediate treatment of the anxiety or depression by natural means (herbs, vitamins, improved nutrition, exercise, acupuncture, homeopathy, etc). This approach can often minimize the need for pharmaceutical intervention and the difficult side-effects.
Mental health therapy
In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), we learn to identify our thoughts, and then how to measure them for rationality and utility in order to reduce symptoms and recover. We stand back to observe our anxious thoughts, and weigh evidence from all angles. We learn skills to determine that the threat is not as dire or likely or even a useful focus. Once the thought is challenged appropriately the anxiety symptoms retreat for that particular situation. We then learn to recognize, challenge and change our over-arching anxiety thought patterns. And this begins to happen even from inside the anxiety vortex. As we apply the same tools to varied experiences of anxiety, our brains become more equipped to immediately perceive the fault in our anxious calculations, and thus the overall symptoms deteriorate.
CBT is the most-evidence based psychotherapeutic intervention for anxiety and anxiety disorders. Multitudes of research studies suggest that the CBT intervention is as effective as psycho-pharmaceuticals, (anti-anxiety meds).
Read more here – 4 part series on CBT for anxiety: