What is Anxiety and the symptoms?

Anxiety is the most common mental health problem in Australia. It affects one in three women and one in five men at some stage in life. Over a one year period, over two million Australians may experience anxiety. Anxiety becomes a problem when it’s there all the time. It can be broken up into different categories: Generalised Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Phobia Disorder (or Social Phobia Disorder), Panic Disorders. The main emotional factors of anxiety disorders can be:

- Panic attacks
- Excessive worry or anxiety
- Negative thought spirals that become all consuming
- Restlessness
- Irritability, agitation and anger
- Fatigue
- Mind blanks
- Excessive fear or worry

The main physiological features of an anxiety disorder can be:

- Muscle tension
- Headaches
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Sweating
- Tremulousness (churning stomach, heart racing, palpitations)
- Sleep disturbance
- Panic attacks
- Behavioural Symptoms

Studies have shown that medicinal cannabis can potentially improve anxiety symptoms.

Medicinal cannabis and endocannabinoid medicine has been shown to improve symptoms of anxiety. It can be prescribed by a doctor when other treatments have failed or have caused unacceptable side effects.

Research suggests that increasing serotonin levels can help treat anxiety. Certain medications, such as antidepressants, work by regulating serotonin levels, and some studies suggest that CBD may work similarly to antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications in altering serotonin levels on the brain.

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