Dr. Johnson and Dr. Carey understand how challenging it can be to live with anxiety. Anxiety affects a significant portion of the population, and Washington DC is no exception. From high-powered jobs to high cost of living, each one of us is faced with a unique assortment of stressors and worries. For years, Thrive Naturopathic in Washington DC has helped hundreds of people reduce anxiety and related symptoms with natural medicine.
You may experience severe symptoms of anxiety like constant worry, panic attacks, and sleep disturbances. If that is the case, then you should seek treatment. Most likely, you’ve tried anti-depressants and stress medication, but perhaps those haven’t provided full relief. The good news is that functional medicine offers an alternative approach to treating anxiety that focuses on addressing the underlying causes of the condition.
7 Common Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety is a complex condition that affects everyone differently. You might experience one set of symptoms while another person might experience something completely different.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s essential to seek support and guidance from a functional medicine practitioner. By addressing the root causes of anxiety and promoting physical and emotional well-being, functional medicine treatments can help you achieve long-lasting relief from your symptoms.
We Uncover the Causes of Your Anxiety
It might seem reasonable to assume that anxiety is caused by outside factors. But when we talk about anxiety in a medical setting, we often mean chronic anxiety where your body’s fight or flight mechanism is out of balance.
And this is a biological phenomenon that we can address using naturopathy and functional medicine. The first step in this process is to identify the cause of your chronic anxiety.
By identifying and addressing the root causes of anxiety, functional medicine treatments can help you achieve long-lasting relief from your symptoms.
Some individuals may be more prone to anxiety due to genetic factors. A family history of anxiety or other mental health conditions may increase an individual's risk of developing anxiety.
Trauma or stressful life events
Traumatic events or prolonged periods of stress can trigger or worsen anxiety symptoms. Examples of traumatic events may include abuse, accidents, natural disasters, or the death of a loved one.
Exposure to toxins, pollutants, or other environmental factors can also contribute to the development of anxiety. This may include exposure to mold, heavy metals, or other harmful substances.
Certain nutritional deficiencies or imbalances can impact brain chemistry and increase the risk of developing anxiety. For example, low levels of magnesium, vitamin D, or omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to an increased risk of anxiety.
Fluctuations in hormone levels can impact mood and contribute to anxiety symptoms. For example, imbalances in estrogen, progesterone, or cortisol may increase an individual's risk of developing anxiety.
Chronic illness or inflammation
Chronic illness or inflammation can also contribute to anxiety symptoms. Conditions like autoimmune disease, chronic pain, or gastrointestinal issues may be linked to an increased risk of anxiety.
Functional Medicine Treatments for Anxiety
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 19% of adults in the United States experienced anxiety in the past year. Unfortunately, many people turn to conventional treatments like medication, which may provide temporary relief but often result in side effects or do not provide long-lasting benefits. In contrast, naturopathy and functional medicine treatments aim to support the body’s natural healing abilities, leading to sustainable improvements in physical and emotional well-being.
At Thrive Naturopathic, we offer a range of functional medicine treatments to support individuals experiencing anxiety. Here are three examples:
Nutrition and Lifestyle Modifications
Advanced Testing and Hormone Health
Hope for Relief from Anxiety in Washington DC
Let’s Discuss Your Health Goals One-on-One
Living with anxiety can be challenging, but it’s important to know that you don’t have to go through it alone. At Thrive Naturopathic, we specialize in providing functional medicine treatments that address the root causes of anxiety, promoting long-lasting relief from symptoms.
Our clinic in Washington DC is now accepting new patients, and we invite you to schedule a complimentary discovery call with our team to learn more about our services. Together, we can help you achieve optimal health