"Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population.
Source: National Institute of Mental Health
Fact #1: It's normal to worry or feel anxious about some things in life. In fact, it can often be helpful.
Fact #2: Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. Of the 40 million affected, almost 7 million of them suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), 15 million suffer from social anxiety disorder, 14.8 million suffer from major depressive disorder, and 7.7 million affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.
Fact #3: There are many types of anxiety disorders. Of all of the anxiety disorders, GAD is the most common, affecting 5 percent of all Americans at some point over the course of their lives, particularly women.
Fact #4: Women have double the risk for anxiety disorders than men do. With the exception of PTSD, women are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety disorders as men are.
Fact #5: Anxiety disorders are often accompanied by other related disorders. According to the ADAA, half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
Fact #6: Anxiety can cause or exacerbate physical illnesses. Most doctors acknowledge a mind-body connection - and it's logical to suspect that a mind in a continual state of anxiety or emotional distress could make a body more susceptible to disease.
Fact #7: Anxiety may be hereditary.
Fact #8: Anxiety can be managed and treated effectively.
If you suffer from anxiety your life is probably a constant stomach churning cycle ranging from panic attacks, constant worry and sleepless nights to extreme phobias and depression.
The standard medical route is to prescribe antidepressants such as SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) which can in some circumstances make anxiety symptoms worse.
It seems strange then that there is such resistance against the use of CBD for the treatment of anxiety disorders within the medical profession, particularly as the groundswell of evidence of its effectiveness mounts.
CBD is considered non-psychoactive and an increasing number of studies point towards its anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and antiepileptic qualities.
In the case of CBD and its anti-anxiety effects, a number of trials on real, live people have been documented showing that taking CBD does in fact reduce feelings of anxiety. There are hundreds of personal testimonials about the effectiveness of CBD use for anxiety.
It does warrant saying though, that currently there is a lack of scientific proof of CBD's efficacy for anxiety. WeThinkHealth cannot make any claims about CBD's medical uses so if you do decide to take CBD, please be sure to inform your doctor or health practitioner, especially if you are taking other medication.
Other Organic Resources to Consider: Hire a Nutritional Therapist
Other good resources for help are looking into a nutritional therapist which could get you on a healthier diet. That will benefit not only your digestive system, but also improve your overall mood and sleep. A good resource guide for this is Nutrition Therapy Institute.