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— Anxiety, The Health Crisis That’s Crippling Us:
Anxiety is a serious and growing problem all over the world.
What is often diagnosed and treated as depression
or even mania is actually anxiety, which is something
slightly different. Divisive politics, the threat
of war, family problems and finances, drugs, it’s
all hard to cope with.
April 28, 2018
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Anxiety: The Health Crisis
That’s Crippling Us
While rates of depression soar, it’s really
more of a question of straight anxiety, all over the world.
Recognition and acceptance of this in society
as well as by the psychiatric profession
are needed, as well as new drugs.
The Daily Walk with Love, April 28, 2018, by Paul Evans. People are increasingly seeking treatment for mental illness, and rates of diagnosed depression are soaring. Video playlist starts with Don’t Worry, Have Faith…., by Joel Osteen.
See Anxiety. The Silent Crisis Of The Professional BKindred, no date or author: “According to beyondblue it is ‘when anxious feelings don’t go away – when they’re ongoing and happen without any particular reason or cause. It’s a serious condition that makes it hard to cope with daily life.'”
According to Vogue in Anxiety: The Unexpected Health Crisis That’s Crippling Today’s Youth, April 28, 2016, by Rob Haskell:
Psychiatrists are concerned that in trying to protect young people from stress, we may be depriving them of important coping mechanisms.
Why has debilitating anxiety become so common among the young? And why is it still so often overlooked?
Part of the problem is that psychiatry lacks medicines which treat anxiety well. I sometimes have suffered from almost debilitating anxiety which was present almost all the time. Years ago I took Paxil, which I would describe as “semi-effective,” but the side effects sickened me. Paxil is so toxic that there are numerous class action lawsuits against it. Recently a medicine called propranerol, and also lorazepam, were thought to help me. The propranerol is strongly contra-indicated for people with either asthma or COPD and I have found that psychiatrists (taken as a whole) simply do not pay attention to side effects, but only to the efficacy of a given psychiatric drug. Sometimes “the cure is worse than the sickness.” What may be happening in my own treatment, is that larger doses of Depakote are serving to keep my moods quite stable. I found Depakote and Cogentin, with Ativan (Lorazepam) minimally adequate, but it’s obvious to me that psychiatry needs new medicines in it’s arsenal. The medicines used make me tired all the time, too, though eventually you do get used to them. But they are toxic on your body and can cause a lot of health problems.
Anxiety is caused deep in the brain’s lowermost down part, called the limbic system. This is where the “fight or flight” reflex and our sexual urges originate and is supposed to be quite primitive and hard to control. Partly, it HAS to be mind over matter. You have to get used to the anxiety of modern life and its stresses and persevere. To sei ein mensch as the Germans say. Perhaps mood elevating drugs like Elevil would help. I know that my dad, a Yale Ph.D., used to take elevil. He was so much aware of how popular prejudices against the mentally ill had ruined my own life that he drove some distance to another town for treatment, not because he was ashamed, but because he knew from my example how society treats people with mental problems. Remember, “whatever you do to the least of these, you do unto me,” people, and realize please that almost all of the mentally ill are kind and gentle people. Rates of violent crime are actually lower among the mentally ill than from the background population.
Once or twice, so far in my life, I have heard life expressed as a battle between our neocortex and our limbic system for control of our ego, which I have read is seated in the mid-brain. That makes sense to me, how about you? I have also read that over our lifetimes, fully one-sixth of Americans become clinically depressed, to the point where they need medical intervention and medicines. Yet only about half of those are getting the help they need, probably because of society’s demonization of the mentally ill.
Since I, personally, have recently suffered a lot from anxiety and even panic attacks, I want to share with you a couple simple techniques which have helped me a lot. I found that my body was somewhat dehydrated and that the main things I needed were simply to keep my body more hydrated — relying on water in particular — and to get more sleep than I thought I needed. Doing those two things alone has accomplished a miracle in my psychological makeup. I feel a whole lot better now. Actually, in my case, it was the lowering of the dosage of my treatment drugs which helped. It took me a long time to convince my psychiatrist to do this, and you have to be patient and take what the doctor prescribes and at the proper time, and not “self-medicate.” This is crucial to recovery. See Natural Sleep Aids & Tips on Dr.Weil.com. The importance of getting at least one longer period of sleep with it’s rejuvenative REM sleep cannot be overstated.
Also see The Observer view on a crisis in mental health, Observer Editorial in The Guardian:
In England, new figures released last week revealed that misery appears to be escalating at an alarming scale. Prescriptions for 64.7 million items of antidepressants – an all-time high – were dispensed in 2016, the most recent annual data from NHS Digital showed. This is a staggering 108.5% increase on the 31 million antidepressants dispensed 10 years earlier.
Is the scale of the rise a welcome sign of progress, more people coming forward for help? Or does it also flag up a rising tide of insecurity and distress, beginning in the very young, that requires a more profound change in society as a whole than individual GPs repeatedly reaching for the prescription pad?
I also think people are more aware of the divisive politics we have today, and that the world is under such a threat of war, people are anxious about that, and it gets more press coverage, so that many common folks are just plain scared by it.
The super-successful technologist Elon Musk, who owns Tesla and the SpaceX programs has recently admitted that he is bipolar and suffers from “unrelenting stress.” How long will it be until mental illness is no longer treated as some kind of crime, and the mentally ill are afforded some decent sort of accommodation in life? I’m 60 and have lived with society’s prejudices all my life. (Incidentally, the truth is that rates of various unspeakable crimes are slightly LOWER among the seriously mentally ill than they are within society in general.) People make the mentally ill scapegoats for so very much where the evil really originates with society as a whole. Before God, this is not right!! Much relief from my stress and anxiety would definitely come if people would just treat me right, as they would any of their Christian brothers and sisters. And life can get hard for a psychically gifted man such as I am. But I do no one harm and I expect people to relate to me as an educated and cultured man who loves everyone, particularly the common man, for whom I work and strive on this website.
Are we over-medicating our young people so they can’t learn how to cope? How many of my readers feel they are depressed a lot or would like a higher and better mood to exist and live with? (Leave a comment.)
Don’t let your fears come into existence; don’t dote on your fears, you invite them into your life. It’s a question of the Law of Attraction. 2 Timothy 1:7. Be disciplined in your thought life. Activate your faith, not your fears!
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