Canary Club is the place where you can come to better understand your condition, whether it is mild, moderate, or severe. Our goal is to help you find the information you need in order to effectively manage stress and live a more vibrant and vital life.
Neurotransmitters and hormones both play important roles. Should any of these chemicals in our bodies become imbalanced, different mental health conditions can present, most commonly depression and anxiety.
As a person progresses from childhood into adolescence, those bodily changes can help to trigger stress and anxiety over life situations that may have once seemed harmless. When young adults transition into adulthood, they too undergo changes that can cause their hormones to go haywire, and their neurotransmitters to become unbalanced.
Adults have plenty of things to stress over as well: worry over money, family, health, sexual activity, or other concerns. This can affect how we feel and function in our daily lives.
If you find yourself feeling anxious, it may be your body and your processes. Your physiology is trying to help you cope with your current situation and make decisions. Anxiety is completely natural, though it can be uncomfortable and worrisome. It can also affect your physical health.
Taking control of Your Stress
At its heart, anxiety is anxiety; it is the way in which anxiety presents itself that varies. Between genders, anxiety often has a common feel even though men and women may show different signs when the anxiety presents itself in their lives.
Time to ourselves has become a rare and precious thing, and any downtime whatsoever is often used to make up for a lack elsewhere instead of treating ourselves to a break from the speed and intensity of our lives.
Some physical symptoms of chronic anxiety:
- Addiction to a substance/routine
- Feeling sleepy during the day
- Thinning hair
- Low libido
- Heart palpitations
- Night Sweats
- Short attention span
Dealing with mild, moderate, or severe anxiety
Not everyone will suffer from depression and anxiety in ways that would need traditional mental health treatment – some people will simply need a nudge in the right direction to help their bodies correct any imbalances and feel more centered. Others may need clinical assistance.
If you find yourself feeling anxious for long periods of time and/or on a regular basis, you may be experiencing a hormone or neurotransmitter imbalance. In many people with anxiety disorders, there is an underlying hormone or neurotransmitter imbalance created by a body that is not functioning properly.
Often when we experience anxiety, it is because a hormone or neurotransmitter is not able to function correctly and is out of balance. In some cases, these situations can be reversed with the help of vitamins and supplements, and in others vitamins and supplements can help ease the symptoms of anxiety while the underlying cause is dealt with.
When anxiety presents itself as anger, panic, and rage
Anxiety can sometimes present itself in ways other than causing us to be nervous or anxious. For some people, anxiety transforms itself into anger, panic, and rage. For someone with mild anxiety, they could become more irritable, increasingly uneasy in normal situations, and prone to snapping at what might once have been mild annoyances.
For individuals with moderate anxiety, a shift into a heightened state of awareness could make them constantly angry, fearful, and likely to vent their frustrations on those around them. Sever anxiety sufferers may experience fierce anger, have panic attacks, and become so upset that they have trouble controlling their rage.
These are just general situations meant to illustrate how anxiety symptoms can vary by individual – you may have mild anxiety under normal circumstances, but suffer from severe panic attacks, or have severe anxiety but lack any real anger problems. Everyone is different.
Winning the fight against anxiety
Exercise is one of the best drug-free ways to keep anxiety at bay. Not only does exercise give you something else to focus on besides the feelings that are troubling you, it can also help you manage your weight. Using exercise to combat anxiety is an effective and healthy alternative to simply sitting by and hoping the issue will resolve itself on its own.
Vitamins and supplements can often be helpful in reducing anxiety. Of course, before you begin taking anything new you should consult with your doctor – be sure to go to a doctor who is supplement-friendly, as they will know more about how these substances will affect your body and can give you the most helpful advice. Some supplements can interact with pharmaceuticals, so it is always better to be on the safe side.
A cause of anxiety for many people is their weight. In some cases, adults and teens can experience much anxiety because of their weight and body shape, and this can lead to conditions within the body that make it even more difficult to lose that weight. Sometimes eliminating or at least reducing causes of anxiety in other areas of life can enable those with weight concerns to better manage their weight in a way that eases the stress that may have been slowing their progress down.
Canary Club has a wide variety of at-home hormone and neurotransmitter tests from which to choose. These can indicate imbalances that cause or exacerbate chronic anxiety. This information is a great first step on the path to long term wellbeing. Here is a shortlist of recommended tests:
NeuroAdvanced: neurotransmitters with hormone add-ons
AdvancedPlus: adrenal, thyroid and sex hormones, plus Vitamin D testing
Other related tests:
Advanced Saliva Hormone Panel: adrenal and sex hormones
Adrenal Stress Test: cortisol 4x/day and DHEA-S
Diurnal Cortisol Test: cortisol only, 4x/day
Cortisol Awakening Response: cortisol only (7 tests) - shows how fast your cortisol levels rise after waking up in the morning.