For all the technological advances and conveniences we have at our fingertips, it feels life has never been more complicated or nerve-wracking. Everyone you meet these days seems to be handling a fidget spinner or popping a pill.
The all-pervading presence of drugs as an instant solution to every emotional challenge is particularly harmful and disturbing. Although medications certainly have their place helping people achieve equilibrium in cases of chemical imbalance, all too often they are dispensed first as an easy answer, rather than as a carefully considered last resort.
Visionary Acupuncture believes in an integrated body/mind/spirit balance over pharmaceuticals. Emotional issues triggered by stress, anxiety, and depression are particularly well-treated with acupuncture. And as a pill-free solution, it prevents the problematic layering of medication upon medication in people who might already be taking drugs to control a longstanding condition. Our gentle and safe methods make us the ideal choice for people in Scottsdale seeking emotional healing through acupuncture.
Emotional ailments can affect people at any stage of life. Young people can feel overloaded by the burden of student debt, and limited life or career choices. Parents can be caught in a stress sandwich when they’re both taking care of children and attending to the needs of aging relatives. And the elderly are vulnerable to anxiety due to the isolation and loss of autonomy that often come with advancing years.
This potentially debilitating illness generally develops after someone experiences a natural disaster, serious accident, sudden death of a loved one, violent assault, or war. It can leave the sufferer severely depressed and anxious for months or even years after the painful establishing incident.
Stress is the way your body responds to unreasonable demands, unpleasant surprises, or threats. It’s what triggers the primitive “fight or flight” response, which releases a flood of cortisol into your system. This stress hormone is known to lower immune function, decrease bone density, interfere with memory, increase weight gain, and raise blood pressure.
Characteristics of anxiety include extreme worry, panic attacks, and overwhelming, uncontrollable, and irrational fear. It interferes with daily activities and can often have a paralyzing affect. It is also the most common and pervasive emotional disorder in the U.S.
A component of anxiety, OCD is the tendency to have unwanted and intrusive thoughts that interfere with normal behavior. In an attempt to self-soothe, OCD sufferers often resort to ritualistic and repetitive behaviors.
If someone is feeling discouraged, disinterested in life, hopeless, sad, and unmotivated for a day or so, they have the blues. If it lasts for more than two weeks, it is depression, and it can numb a person’s feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and functions.