Anxiety is an no longer an illness that women are told is just in their head and they need to "learn to live with it". For years, we've been told there's something wrong with us, we over-react, we worry to much, we're just too emotional. The fact is, anxiety is much more than just emotional instability. It's a treatable illness.
It's finally been realized that there's a physiological cause, in addition to the emotional cause, in anxiety related conditions. And before that, there were thousands of women who experienced anxiety disorders due to hormonal imbalances that went for years being improperly or over-medicated. Unfortunately, it still happens to many women.
What exactly is anxiety? Feeling anxious is a normal, natural response that we all have when faced with something that scares us. It's that heart-pounding, slight nausea, sweaty-palms when walking down a dark street and you hear footsteps coming up behind you feeling. What isn't normal or natural is to have these feelings when there's nothing really to fear. Butterflies in your stomach all the time, but you don't know why.
Many women who suffer from anxiety have been programmed since childhood to accept their anxiety as a fact of life. Their family life was anything but calm and they grew up seeing that kind of behavior as the norm. By the time adulthood is reached, they didn't recognize it as an anxiety condition, they'd lived with it all their lives, it's just who they are.
Many women are turning away from the traditional harsh chemicals that Western Medicine uses to treat anxiety disorders to natural, herbal formulas. Frequently, the chemical drugs can be habit forming which is not the case with all natural herbal supplements. One herb that has been found to be very effective in relieving anxiety symptoms is Valerian. It also aids in the treatment of insomnia. Another natural herb that's been found to be effective is the passion flower. When combined with Valerian, and other herbs such as chamomile, a known relaxant, and lavender, stress and anxiety are greatly reduced. When taken in tea form, they're especially soothing and can be used as a natural and safe way to promote healthy sleep. The more we learn about anxiety the better we can treat it with nature's best herb's and supplements.