A certain amount of anxiety is normal. It’s a coping mechanism for dealing with everyday stress. Let’s say you have ten minutes to get to work but you’re stuck in gridlocked Los Angeles traffic 30 miles from your office. At the same time, your spouse calls your cell phone and starts arguing with you. To top it off, you hear a siren and see flashing lights – a cop is pulling you over. Such a situation would be a natural and expected cause of anxiety.
When does anxiety become a medical problem?
For some of us, anxiety is a constant, looming presence in our lives; we worry so much about everything that we can’t go about our day-to-day activities and live a normal life. That’s when it becomes a medical problem and is considered to be an anxiety disorder. Panic disorder is one type of anxiety disorder characterized by panic attacks. A panic attack is a sudden onset of intense fear; a racing heart, sweating, hyperventilation, nausea and stomach upset.
Xanax isn’t always the answer!
Mind-numbing and addictive medications such as Xanax and Valium are widely prescribed by most conventional doctors to treat the symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks. At the Health and Vitality Center, the wellness clinic founded by Los Angeles holistic doctor Shiva Lalezar, we know that medications may temporarily alleviate symptoms, but they don’t provide any guarantee that the problem won’t recur. Dr. Lalezar’s practice looks beyond treating the symptoms, focusing on identifying and treating the underlying causes of your anxiety and panic attacks