Anxiety – What Can You Do To Minimize Symptoms

When we talk about anxiety we refer to the nervous feelings that one experiences. Anxiety can occur when people are nervous about a job interview, a class test, going on a date, or getting a new home. Of course there are many other things that can cause anxiety for a person. Some anxiety is normal phenomena that occurs and it is described as what is known as the flight or fight basic instinct, and in fact- is a healthy reaction to certain situations. Davis (2004) states that

The cold sweat of anxiety is that “fight or flight” response that kept our early relatives safe from grizzly bears and other scary characters, says Andrews. “That adrenaline rush still serves us well under certain circumstances. Anxiety is a natural reaction to those very real stresses.

To recap, when someone experiences nervousness from situations such as this it is considered a normal response to the stressor. However, when it is the norm for a person to constantly seem apprehensive and nervous about the future and everything that could occur, it then can become an anxiety disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (2014) “There are a wide variety of anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder to name a few”. Some times the feelings of anxiety can begin to affect an individual in such a way as it becomes a struggle to function in a healthy manner. The MNT Knowledge Center (2014) relays that,

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.

Anxiety disorders can be treated and most often clients can learn how to cope with life’s stressor’s while minimizing anxiety symptoms. There are many avenues available to help minimize the feelings and behaviors associated with anxiety. Marano (2003) recommends CBT therapy and medication to help manage symptoms specifically stating “medication and CBT are equally effective in reducing anxiety/depression; but CBT is better at preventing relapse, and it creates greater patient satisfaction” – but the key is finding the right therapist who can apply CBT techniques properly. There are other options available as well for sufferers of anxiety who do not want to take medication- frequent exercise, relaxation techniques, hypnotherapy,yoga, acupuncture can help minimize anxious feelings- and also herbal remedies such as “Gingko biloba, St. John’s wort, ginseng, garlic, and basil” have also shown to be effective in combating anxiety symptoms (Buzzle, 2014). Buzzle does however submit a reminder by noting that some herbal remedies may interfere with other medications such as SSRI’s, so make sure you consult a doctor to see if any of these options are applicable to you and your personal situation.

Of course as with every other blog- I post links that are educational for you to check out, feel free to do so. 🙂



Buzzle, (2014). Dealing with anxiety and depression. Retrieved from the Buzzle website:

Davis, J. L. (2004). Coping with anxiety. Retrieved from the WebMD website:

Marano, H. E. (2003). Anxiety and depression together. Retrieved form the Psychology Today website:

MNT Knowledge Center (2014). All about anxiety. Retrieved from the Medical News Today website:

National Institute of Mental Health (2014). What is anxiety disorder? Retrieved from the National Institute of Mental Health website:


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