Traveling Tips for Anxiety

Going out of the comfort zone, experiencing new cultures, and trusting strangers may be considered by many as an exciting part of travel but it’s a different case for people with anxiety disorders.

About 1 in 5 American adults have an anxiety disorder. These include conditions like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety, and phobias.

Traveling with anxiety can be different for every person. Some gets nervous in crowded places while others can’t stop worrying. Whether it’s excessive worrying or getting too nervous in certain situations for you, there are things you can do to still enjoy your trip:

  • Plan your itinerary

Having a well-researched itinerary can help in easing your anxiety. Finding out beforehand which places are safe to walk around, best ways to go around the city, and learning when the top attractions open can help you put your mind to ease.

  • Be smart in packing

Packing the night before your trip  won’t be helpful in keeping your anxiety level low for the trip.

Whether it’s a 3-day or a 2-week vacation, it’s best to pack days before your scheduled trip. If you tend to forget things, a packing list would help.

 

  • Focus on the positive

Sometimes no matter how prepared we are, things happen. When it does, the best thing you can do is to focus on the positive.

There are some of the things you can do to travel stress-free even with your anxiety. However, if you feel like your anxiety is taking over your life, we can help. Contact NeurOasis today for a free consultation.

Top Causes of Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders in the United States. It is estimated that about 40 million adults in the country are suffering from anxiety. That accounts for about 18.1% of the population.

Anxiety is usually caused by the following:

  1. Stress
    Stress especially when experienced on a long-term basis such as being in a job you disliked or being in an emotionally-damaging relationship can make you more susceptible to anxiety disorders.Stress can eventually lead to anxiety disorders as it affects the part of the brain that controls coping; it affects the balance of hormones and brain chemicals (also known as neurotransmitters) and it overwhelms your mind.
  2. Life Experiences
    Anxiety disorders can develop as a result of experiences from childhood. They can also be a result of rough upbringing.You may learn anxiety from your parents or from their teachings (e.g. if you’ve been constantly told that strangers will harm you, you may grow up having a phobia on them).
  3. Trauma
    There are certain traumas that can lead to the development of anxiety disorders. These are usually severe forms of trauma that put you under intense stress. Near death experiences, sexual assault, violence, and witnessing death are examples of such trauma.
  4. Change
    Each of us has different ways of coping with changes. Some of us cope with change easily while others don’t. For those who are struggling in coping with changes are at risk of developing anxiety disorders. This can happen as change can cause a person to suffer from a significant amount of stress.
  5. Anxiety
    Yes, you read that right. Anxiety itself can lead to succeeding episodes of anxiety. Earlier experiences with anxiety or panic attacks can cause an overwhelming fear and stress, leading to future anxiety or panic attacks.

If your anxiety is affecting your day-to-day life, NeurOasis can help. We specialize in the treating anxiety and other mental health disorders through TMS.

The Physical Effects of Anxiety

We all experience anxiety from time to time. However, this occasional anxiety is different from what one has with an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders are more than just having a temporary worry or fear. It involves incessant worries that do not go away easily. In many cases, they get worse over time.

Chronic anxiety does not just interfere with daily activities and relationships; it can also have an impact on physical health.

Anxiety and Physical Health

Anxiety-provoking situations trigger our body’s “fight or flight” response. This results in the release of chemicals and hormones, causing a myriad of events which include a faster heart rate and breathing.

The body reacts this way to prepare you to respond appropriately to the situation. While this is a completely healthy response from the body, repeated exposure to the stressor can break the balance.

When you are repeatedly stressed or anxious, the body ends up not getting the signal to return to normal functioning. And this can weaken the immune system, making you more prone to viral infections.

Other body systems such as the excretory and digestive systems may also suffer. Chronic anxiety can lead to loss of appetite and it’s even suspected to contribute to the development of irritable bowel syndrome.

Anxiety disorders also increases one’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

What To Do

If you are living with anxiety and haven’t had any success with the conventional treatment methods, TMS therapy may be right for you.

TMS therapy, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a noninvasive and FDA-approved treatment for conditions like anxiety and depression. In this form of therapy, short pulses of magnetic field are administered. These pulses of magnetic field stimulate the disrupted areas of the brain, causing improvement of symptoms.

To schedule a free consultation with NeurOasis, call (520) 338-2557, or fill out this form on our website.

Is Anxiety Taking Over Your Life?

Many of us experience anxiety from time to time. You may have felt it while applying for a job or when attending an event where you don’t know anyone. While occasional anxiety is normal, persistent anxiety is not.

What is chronic anxiety?

Chronic anxiety, which is also known as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), is a condition characterized by excessive and exaggerated worry.

People suffering from GAD tend to have ongoing and excessive worry or tension, often feel restless, and have unrealistic view of problems. Their anxiety does not just affect the way they think, feel, and behave, it can also affect them physically.

Those living with GAD may experience muscle aches and tension, headaches, nausea, fatigue, trouble falling or staying asleep, difficulty in breathing, and trembling.

Effects of GAD

A person suffering from GAD is plagued with constant worry, dread, and fear. This, in turn, can affect different areas of his/her life including school, work, and relationships.

Managing Anxiety Disorders with TMS Therapy

Anxiety disorders can be managed. Some of the most common ways of managing anxiety disorders include anti-anxiety medications, behavioral therapy, and cognitive therapy. However, if none of these work for you, then you may try TMS therapy.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS is a safe, effective, and noninvasive way of managing conditions like anxiety. It works by creating a magnetic field for inducing a small electric current in a specific area of the brain. The small electric current suppresses the overactive area of the brain, leading to reduction of anxiety symptoms.

If you’re considering TMS therapy, NeurOasis in Tucson can help. We are dedicated to treating patients suffering from conditions like GAD who are no longer responsive to traditional treatments. To find out more how TMS therapy can help your anxiety disorder, schedule a free consultation with us today.

KOMO News: Depression treatment has success when medication doesn’t

Millions of Americans suffer from depression each day, including Seattle resident Jim Broulette. According a recent KOMO News article…

Millions of Americans suffer from depression each day, including Seattle resident Jim Broulette. According a recent KOMO News article, Broulette has battled depression and anxiety for half his life, managing it with medication. Until recently, standard drug treatments have worked for him.

Following his unsuccessful response to medication, Broulette was advised to try transcranial magnetic stimulation as an alternative treatment method by the Seattle Neuropsychiatric Treatment Center. To KOMO News, Broulette reported a significant change in his life, stating that his love of people and interaction was restored.

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2008, TMS has begun to become more available across the United States. Many patients such as Broulette have seen positive results- 60 percent of which see benefits lasting up to a year after the standard treatment course, which includes five sessions a week for a month.

Read the full article, including commentary from Steattle Neuropsychiatric Treatment Center physician, Dr. Suzanne Kerns, and learn more about TMS here.