Introduction to Anxiety

Anxiety disorders, along with depression, are the most common mental health problem affecting Europeans. They account for a similar level of stress and disability within society as cancer or heart disease.

Whilst there are no accurate figures detailing the anxiety disorders prevalence within Ireland anxiety disorders affect over 40 million American adults over the age of 18 and affects women twice more than men.

In Western medicine, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is defined as a psychological and physiological state characterized by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for worry.

People with symptoms of GAD typically tend to be subject patterns of thinking towards negative outcomes and are prone to persistent worrying about issues such as school, health, money, relationships family, work.

In people with GAD, the worry is typically dis-proportionate to the situation in hand.

The anxiety can also dominate the individuals thinking to a persistent and distressing degree, so much so that it significantly interferes with daily functioning

In Clinic

The cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is what we call “pattern differentiation.” As informed by this diagnostic framework, Anne don’t simply treat named diseases, she treats patterns. Patterns are groups of signs and symptoms, and the patterns identified in Chinese medicine have been used to help billions of people for thousands of years.

Compared to conventional approaches to mental health, Traditional Chinese Medicine has a unique approach to anxiety.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, conditions such as anxiety would typically reflect as both physical and mental disharmony within the individual and are reflective of an individual “Pattern of Disharmony”.

Treatment Plan

No matter if a client is attending for acupuncture, herbal medicine or naturopathy, a treatment plan will be based on a personalised in-depth consultation to first evaluate causality and identity this “Pattern”.

The initial consultation takes account of all possible contributions which may contribute to or exacerbate anxiety, (for example, situational, underlying illness, dietary and lifestyle factors etc.).

A personalized treatment plan will be put in place then to reducing acute symptoms and restore equilibrium to the body; to improve overall mental health and overall wellness.

That is in light of the principle that T.C.M and holistic medicine in general is a mind/body medicine which aims to optimise the health and wellbeing of the whole person.

Well Being Dublin Strategies

  • Acupuncture (e.g points such as  Liv 3, Pc 9, Shen Men etc )
  • T.C.M. Modalities  (e.g gua sha, cupping, ear seeds)
  • Herbal medicine (e.g topical / ingestion via teas or tincture)
  • Dietary healing/superfoods/supplements (e.g. Superfoods for mood support)
  • Naturopathic support/ Home self-care instruction (E.g. Qi gong, Acupressure, Breathwork)
  • Clients shop, exclusively for clients – supplemental home care, supports for healing in your own hands.

Read more about Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and/or Naturopathy as used with conditions as ANXIETY at Well Being Dublin.

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