Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in the United States, and stress has become a health epidemic. At Virginia Integrative Practice in Charlottesville and Falls Church, Virginia, Ina Grundmann, MD, and her team help you cope with stress and anxiety while addressing the physical side effects of your emotional and mental health. Don’t struggle through by yourself. Call Virginia Integrative Practice or make an appointment online today.
While similar, anxiety and stress are different health issues. Anxiety is a group of mental health conditions that cause persistent, distressing, and disproportionate fears and worries about specific situations. There are several types of anxiety disorder, which are characterized by the trigger for your symptoms, like separation anxiety.
Stress is your body’s response to change. Stress is a normal human reaction and it has a positive job — it keeps you alert, motivated, and fuels your fight-or-flight response. However, if you’re continuously facing challenges and change, your body and mind are always under stress, which can have serious health repercussions.
When you’re under stress, your body releases chemicals, including adrenaline and cortisol, that fuel your fight-or-flight response and help keep you safe. However, if you’re always stressed, you can develop adrenal fatigue as your adrenal glands can’t keep up with your body’s demands. Additionally, the continuous elevation of these chemicals can trigger inflammation throughout your body.
Anxiety can also cause a variety of disruptive physical symptoms. For example, you might develop symptoms like:
Both anxiety and stress affect your physical health, as well as your mental and emotional well-being. When unmanaged, they can increase your risk for issues like high blood pressure and heart disease.
Virginia Integrative Practice offers personalized, multidisciplinary treatment programs for anxiety and stress. Your provider begins with specialized testing for stress and anxiety to assess your mental health, as well as its effect on your body. Then, they combine treatments like hypnotherapy and counseling with other natural therapies to reduce the physical effects of stress.
For example, they provide hormonal and homeopathic therapies to strengthen your endocrine system. They also offer Myers’ Cocktail intravenous infusions, nutritional counseling, and nutraceuticals to enhance your overall health and reduce inflammation throughout your body.
If stress and anxiety are interfering with your health and quality of life, call Virginia Integrative Practice or schedule a consultation online today for personalized, science-based therapies to restore your health and well-being.