The headline version for 2022 is medication, therapy, nutrition, body support and environment. Yes, I’ve changed things up just a bit.
But before we can get to that, I feel that we need to have an understanding about symptoms.
Most people tend to think of treatment as getting rid of their symptoms.
Totally valid. And understandable.
I know I felt that way, if I could just get rid of the bug-a-boos, I could get back to normal.
It reflects we have been taught about health and health care. Take the pill, apply the spray, cover it up and move along.
The dictionary meaning symptoms is defined as subjective evidence of disease or physical disturbance or something that indicates the presence of bodily disorder.
Your symptoms are indicators that there is a problem, and your mind and body are asking you to figure it out.
There is more in this week's episode.
Resources Mentioned:From Anxiety Centre post on Can Anxiety Symptoms Change?
Anxiety Network page on Physical (Somatic) Symptom Shifting
Recognizing and easing the physical symptoms of anxiety via Harvard Health
US National Institute of Mental Health page on Anxiety Disorders
ADAA.org brochure on Treating Anxiety Disorders
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