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Nervousness and Anxiety

Nervousness and anxiety are often interchangeable as they both display the same sort of symptoms. Most everyone will experience some nervousness or anxiety in their life. It could be due to a public speaking event or trying something new. This is considered normal if the person no longer feels anxiety or nervousness afterwards. However for those who experience nervousness or anxiety on a daily basis may need medical treatment to help alleviate these feelings. Those who have an ongoing medical issue with nervousness and anxiety will note that there is not a specific daily event or idea that sets off these feelings. Instead, anxiety and nervousness becomes their new normal feeling in their day-to-day life.

Symptoms of nervousness and anxiety are broad. They can manifest both mentally and physically. Mentally one may feel a sense of dread, fear, trouble concentrating, worries of dying, irritability, nightmares and depression. Physically one may have trouble with sleep, nausea, headaches, sweating, tense muscles, chest pains, stomach aches, blood pressure and heart rate. Some may even experience panic attacks in which the person feels that they are going to die or lose consciousness.

Many patients suffering from anxiety and nervousness have been treated with over-the-counter medication and therapy. Many doctors are now seeing the bad side effects of these treatments. Many are highly addictive and even worse, some do not make the patient’s condition better. Instead the patient continues to experience anxiety which will over time break down the body. Instead of getting better, patients are becoming worse and needing to take even more medication. This can lead to a quick downward spiral.

Recent studies have shown that supervised medical marijuana treatment is promising in helping those who suffer anxiety or nervousness. Marijuana has been shown to elevate moods and positive outlook among patients. This leads to patients becoming more involved in their recovery and becoming more engaged with life. Together with a therapy program, the patient can feel relief from anxiety and nervousness. Marijuana is a natural plant with little side effects, it is not toxic to the body and is not addictive.


Anxiety disorder is a blanket term covering several different forms of a type of common psychiatric disorder characterized by excessive rumination, worrying, uneasiness, apprehension and fear about future uncertainties either based on real or imagined events, which may affect both physical and psychological health. There are numerous psychiatric and medical syndromes which may mimic the symptoms of an anxiety disorder such as hyperthyroidism which is frequently misdiagnosed as generalized anxiety disorder.

True anxiety disorders seem to have a variety of psychosocial causes; and may involve a genetic predisposition. Individuals diagnosed with an anxiety disorder may be classified in one of two categories; based on whether they experience continuous or episodic symptoms.

Current psychiatric diagnostic criteria recognize a wide variety of anxiety disorders. Recent surveys have found that as many as 18% of Americans and 14% of Europeans may be affected by one or more of them.[1]

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