I recently received a call from a school in New York City asking me to present to the parents of the autistic children who go to the school. The school director said the biggest issue their kids face is …anxiety and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).
“For a condition that affects so many of us, there is very little agreement about what anxiety actually is. Is it a physiological condition, best treated with medication, or psychological – the product of repressed trauma, as a Freudian might suggest?
Is it a cultural construct, a reaction to today’s anomic society, or a more fundamental spiritual and philosophical reflection of what it means to be human?
For most sufferers, the most pressing concern is whether drugs work, and if therapy is a good idea.”
This is an excerpt from a recent article with this same title on newstatesman.com – you can read the whole article here.
The author also states:
“The most recent nationwide survey, which took place in 2007, found that three million people in the UK have an anxiety disorder.
About 7 per cent of UK adults are on antidepressants (often prescribed for anxiety, too) and one in seven will take benzodiazepines such as Xanax in any one year.
Mental health charities warn that our anxiety levels are creeping even higher”
Something is NOT working, both in the UK, here in the USA and in other developed countries – it’s time to be open to more than only medications and therapy.
I’d like to suggest that we rather look at the beneficial effects of real whole food and nutrients (like zinc and GABA and tryptophan) and exercise and yoga and nature.
Here are a few examples:
- Low blood sugar can result in anxiety
- Good levels of zinc and vitamin B6 can help many anxious introverts not feel anxious in social settings
- Red meat is good (provided it’s grass-fed) and coffee is not – listen to an audio interview on these topics
Read more in The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood and End Cravings, available in major books stores, on Amazon and via www.antianxietyfoodsolution.com