Generalized Anxiety Disorder
BY JONATHAN BOWEN
Areas of the brain that affect anxiety
The Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a mental health disorder that causes a person to experience excessive anxiety and constant worry about many issues.
According to author Dr. Joseph Mercola, anxiety is a healthy and natural response which can become unhealthy if overstimulated:
Anxiety is a natural, normal response to potential threats, which puts your body into a heightened state of awareness.
When felt appropriately, anxiety is beneficial and can keep you out of harm’s way… the anxiety you may feel while hiking near a steep drop-off, for instance, will cause you to be more careful and purposeful in your movements.
For an estimated 40 million US adults, however, anxiety may occur even when there’s no real threat, causing unnecessary stress and emotional pain. While many believe anxiety and stress to be the same, persistent anxiety actually evokes quite a different experience in your brain. (1)
Anxiety is a defensive mechanism that is designed to trigger hormones to heighten reflexes, raise the heart rate, and increase circulation to allow you to respond more quickly. Anxiety is usually the result of fear from internal thought mechanisms. The National Institute of Mental Health describes some of the mechanisms involved in anxiety:
“Several parts of the brain are key actors in the production of fear and anxiety… scientists have discovered that the amygdala and the hippocampus play significant roles in most anxiety disorders. The amygdala is an almond-shaped structure deep in the brain that is believed to be a communications hub between the parts of the brain that process incoming sensory signals and the parts that interpret these signals. It can alert the rest of the brain that a threat is present and trigger a fear or anxiety response. The emotional memories stored in the central part of the amygdala may play a role in anxiety disorders involving very distinct fears, such as fears of dogs, spiders, or flying. The hippocampus is the part of the brain that encodes threatening events into memories.” (2)
Sometimes the things worried about are real, sometimes, they are trivial, but the anxiety experienced can be all-consuming and affect the quality of life of the person with GAD.
Problems with Concentration and “going blank.”
If untreated, GAD can lead to severe depression, which may result in loss of interest in life, loss of appetite, loss of self-esteem, and even suicide. The condition is not to be taken lightly. Generalized Anxiety Disorder can affect all ages and walks of life.
There are many individual and group therapies, mostly aimed at teaching the individual to confront their fears as a coping mechanism. These require a significant time commitment, and it may take several rounds to focus on the most effective area. However, not all causes are phycological, and even ones that still involve the chemistry of the brain.
As with most mental health issues there are myriads of drugs are manufactured to alter the chemistry of the brain to treat anxiety and stress.
Some medications are designed to block the reabsorption of serotonin to improve mood. However, the side effects include insomnia or sleepiness, sexual dysfunction, weight gain, stomach upset, headaches, increased blood pressure, etc.. In addition, anxiety can be a side effect and can mitigate the benefit of the medication.
Other medications such as Benzodiazepines (alprazolam, clonazepam, diazepam, valium and lorazepam) are designed to promote calming and relaxation, plus reduce physical symptoms of anxiety such as muscle tension. These drugs work on the brain the same way opioids such as heroin and cannabinoids such as cannabis do by turning on the dopamine hormone in the brain. However, many of these are not tolerated well and will lead to dependence.
Due to the problems with the Benzodiazepines, other antidepressants are used, which include the tricyclic family. These side effects include dropping in blood pressure when standing up (orthostatic hypotension), constipation, urinary retention, dry mouth, and blurry vision.
Many medical solutions only add to the anxiety of the person suffering. Therefore, we would like to take a moment to consider how PEMF can help with stress, anxiety and depression.
The most common treatment is medication - but it has many side effects.
PEMF electrically excites the neurons to dispense their natural chemicals and restore normal brain function.
PEMF and Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields (PEMF) are very effective in treating GAD, depression, and general anxiety without the side effects that medications can cause. Rather than introducing foreign substances into the brain, PEMF electrically excites the neurons to dispense their natural chemicals, helping to balance out deficiencies and restore normal brain function.
Clinical studies have shown the effect of PEMF on Generalized Anxiety Disorders:
“…studies have found low-energy emission therapy to be effective in the treatment of chronic insomnia, and suggests that it may also be of value for patients suffering from generalized anxiety disorders. (3)
The benefits have also been found for depression and Parkinson’s disease:
“Today (2002), we are at a threshold for the acceptance of electro-magnetic therapy as a clinically accepted form of therapy for such diverse diseases as unipolar depression, Parkinson’s disease, and sleep disorders and the treatment of debilitating chronic and acute pain.” (4)
PEMF is drastically more effective than antidepressant drugs as it adjusts the brain’s chemistry without foreign substances and the dangerously addictive side effects they create. It helps relieve symptoms of anxiety, such as insomnia, and sleep disorders due to an overactive brain fixated on phobias:
Studies included “… detailed clinical findings for the treatment of depression and mood management, reduction in anxiety, and treatment of insomnia. Electrical energy stimulators that deliver very low-level EMF (electro-magnetic fields) have been reported to be clinically effective in the alteration of neurobioechemicals including serotonin and cortisol. Depression, mood disorders and insomnia have been related to disregulation of serotonin levels. Use of EMFs to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and insomnia are authorized by the FDA, and have been in use since the 1970’s. Shealy reports that transcranial stimulation by EMFs led to a significant relief of depression in 85% of patients who had failed pharmacological agents, and was at least twice as effective as any known antidepressant drugs and without complications.” (5)
The evidence of effective treatment without side effects is widespread throughout the medical community, as was reported in the Australia & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry:
“Results showed the high-frequency, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation treatment to be an effective, side-effect free therapy for depression that may hold promise for treating related psychiatric disorders as well.” (6)
Curatron’s low-frequency, high-power devices can penetrate deep within the brain to produce the results that researchers, scientists and doctors have been discussing:
“…transcranial magnetic stimulation can produce therapeutic effects equivalent to those of electroconvulsive therapy but without the dangerous side effects.” (7)
Curatron PEMF for GED
The Curatron has the power to penetrate through the bone of the skull and stimulate the neurons. Most PEMF devices will work to treat the blood, provide oxygenation etc, as the blood will circulate throughout the body every 20 seconds. Still, a controlled sinusoidal wave is required to treat brain cells and internal organs. Other devices (spark devices) have power but not the ability to control it or sustain it. The Curatron treats many symptoms of GAD with software featuring pre-programmed settings such as anti-anxiety, depression, stress, relaxation, relaxation EEG waves, stomach relaxation, sleep disturbances, sedation, phobia, etc.
The Curatron 3D with the butterfly coil applicator goes a step further and treats specific brain disorders such as Alzheimer's, Depression, Neuropathic Pain, Parkinson’s, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Syndrome. The 160,000 MicroTesla power of the Curatron penetrates the brain with low-frequency energy medicine, stimulating neurons without introducing foreign substances and the side effects and addictions they can cause.
Curatron is a powerful tool in treating GAD and provides the needed neural stimulation without the side effects of prescription drugs.
Dr. Mercola, What Anxiety Does to Your Brain and What You Can Do About It. December 05, 2013.
National Institute of Mental Health – http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml
C. Guilleminault B. Pasche, Clinical Effects of Low Energy Emission Therapy, Bioelectromagnetics Society, 15th Annual Meeting, 13-17 June 1993, Los Angeles, CA, pp 84.
Prato FS. Image-Guided Electromagnetic Therapy. Bioelectromagnetic Medicine. 2004, Rosch PJ and Markov MS, editors, pp 51.
Adey, WR. Potential Therapeutic Applications of Nonthermal Electromagnetic Fields: Ensemble Organization of Cells in Tissue as a Factor in Biological Field Sensing. Bioelectromagnetic Medicine. 2004, Rosch PJ and Markov MS, editors, pp 1.
M.T. Kirkcaldie, et al., Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as Therapy for Depression and Other Disorders,” Australia – New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 31(2), April 1997, pp 264-272.
T. Zyss, “Will Electroconvulsive Therapy Induce Seizures: Magnetic Brain Stimulation as Hypothesis of a New Psychiatric Therapy,” Psychiatry Pol, 26(6), November-December 1992, pp 531-541.