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Anxiety in the Elderly
This post can hardly lay claim to be a forum for psychological information when it really just is a realistic search for the best CBD Oil for Anxiety.
Here are the five major types of anxiety disorders as shown in Google. I have used Google as a benchmark because to most people its opinion is significant.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The five divisions are important in another sense because of a notable study on CBD (Esther M. Blessing et al, Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders. Neurotherapeutics doi:10.1007/s13311-015-0387-1). Please see more on this study later.
What is the Meaning of Anxiety?
What the layman should keep in the forefront of their brain is that the Anxiety Disorders listed above may symptomatically be similar at times, but each is entirely different and to add to the complexity, each patient within each type of disorder is also entirely different. No wonder the mental health problem is such a world-wide calamity!
Anxiety usually makes an early arrival in one’s life, and it is common for most people to develop symptoms before their 21st birthday.
We have found that approximately only one-third of those suffering from anxiety actually go for treatment, even though the condition is eminently treatable.
Like any mental illness, it’s etiology is a mystery. Usually no one knows exactly what causes it – and it’s always a combination of things, changes in your mental functioning, your genetic inheritance, biological differences, changes in your environment, tragedy, the stress of daily life, to name a few.
As indicated above there are broadly five major types of Anxiety and often seem to share the following general symptoms:
- An amorphous feeling of worry or fear and of course, terror.
- Extreme weariness
- Feelings of panic
- Galloping heartbeat and breathlessness
- Cold and sweaty hands and feet
- Sleep disturbances
- Muscle aches and pains
- Self-harm among teenagers and young adults
- Use of alcohol and drugs
- Eating disorders among teenagers and young adults – anorexia, bulimia or binge eating
- Loss of libido
- Dry mouth
- The call of Death. Usually distant, but often near.
An eminent psychologist once said, “All non-anxious people are alike, but every anxious person is anxious in their own way – to paraphrase Tolstoy.” His famous book “Anna Karenina” of course begins, “All happy families are alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in it’s own way”. And this has actually lead to the Anna Karenina Principle.
Anxiety brings a complexity of worry and tension that can be deeply painful and weakening as it shows up in it’s various guises. Patients days are often filled with non-stop suffering. Remember again, we are looking at about 40 million people in the US alone! It is mind-boggling. Just think if a far-sited and wealthy charity could support a scheme where CBD was given to millions of anxiety sufferers in the US? How many of them could begin living a normal life again? I am proof of this.
Can CBD help Anxiety? A Scientific View
Earlier I referred to a study on CBD. “Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders” is the title of the review by Blessing, Steenkamp, Manzanares and Marmar.
For their review of research they searched the databases of MEDLINE (PubMed), PsycINFO, Web of Science Scopus, and the Cochrane Library database for papers published up to 1 January 2015.
The aim of the review was to define CBD’s feasibility as a treatment for anxiety disorders and the researchers did this by finding support from all relevant papers found in the databases.
They found strong support for CBD as a treatment for all the major groupings of Anxiety Disorder all when administered “acutely”. This is science-speak for the CBD when given to patients in the short-term. They then mention that few studies had looked at “chronic” dosing with CBD, which means for a period longer than six months. Again, they also discovered that data corroborated CBD affects in an anxiolytic (ie reducing anxiety) function and also when administered in the short-term.
What does this all mean? Quite honestly, the consequences are huge. It means that even though the bureaucrats will always be on hand to limit progress, the researchers have said, in the unflambuoyant way all scientists operate, that CBD is actually relevant and not some hippie visualization of a green juice that will defraud the gullible.
This would be a good time as any, to look at the pharmacological treatments available for Anxiety Disorder:
- Serotonin re uptake inhibitors
- Serotonin-morepinephrine re uptake inhibitors
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors
- Tricyclic antidepressant drugs
- Partial 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)1A receptor agonists … and more.
There are some very potent drugs listed above. Granted one could never discard them and only use CBD – that would be absurd. But perhaps there could be some progress by exchanging some of them with CBD. Here one should consult with their doctor or psychiatrist if they are receiving prescription medication. It has worked for me.
In the words of the scientists, “The substantial burden of anxiety-related disorders and the limitations of current treatments place a high priority on developing novel pharmaceutical treatments.” And I believe, there are millions of us who support their sentiments wholeheartedly.
One further statement from their review that is of importance is that CBD has been shown to cause no ill effects when taken up to 1500 mg/day with no “psychomotor slowing, negative mood effects, or vital sign abnormalities”.
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My good wishes to all my readers and may you all heed, “What is the best CBD Oil for Anxiety?” It is my hope that this still “early” site will be part of an inexorable tide that will drive CBD across the world, so at least and finally, most of the 600 million anxiety sufferers have had an opportunity to experience it’s gently stabilizing character. Remember with CBD, sometimes less is more, so don’t take a heavy dose without first checking if less, perhaps, could be more efficacious.
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