Anxiety disorders, which are often characterized by excessive feelings of apprehension, worry, and even fear, are among the most common mental illness in the U.S. It affects more than 40 million adults every year. And when we consider the number of people that have it and didn’t seek treatment, we expect that number to even increase.
Anxiety disorders are usually chronic in nature, as they last for at least 6 months while getting worse without treatment. Contrary to what many people believe, anxiety disorders don’t get better with time. Even though symptoms can usually come and go, treatment is still always necessary to fight the disorder.
There are various types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social disorder.
When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, pharmaceutical medication and Cognitive Behavior Therapy are usually the first line of defense. However, it seems these treatment options are losing their potency as they tend not to be helping.
Some anxiety medications, in particular, are not helping issues as patients tend to develop resistance to them, therefore causing such patients to take higher and higher dosages to maintain their calm. This often causes very painful withdrawal symptoms and also contributing to the opioid epidemic.
But there is new hope! Medical marijuana is now been shown to have some potential to effectively help with some types of anxiety disorders. And also without the usual side effects associated with pharmaceuticals.