Anxiety symptoms often result from a physical imbalance, which means you can take practical, actionable steps to manage it.
… Ellen Vora, M.D., takes a functional medicine approach to mental health that considers the whole person and addresses imbalance at the root.
She’s a Yale and Columbia University educated holistic psychiatrist board-certified in psychiatry and integrative holistic medicine. She’s also an acupuncturist and yoga teacher.
In her new book, “The Anatomy of Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming the Body’s Fear Response,” she takes on anxiety, which hits more than 40 million people in any given year. The pandemic drove that number up even more. Even if math isn’t your strong suit, you can understand these numbers:
Conventional medicine tends to view anxiety as a “neck up” problem of brain chemistry and psychology. Dr. Vora disagrees. She suggests that various physiologic inputs influence anxiety symptoms.
“What we’ve been indoctrinated with is this idea that our mental health is genetically determined chemical imbalance,” Dr. Vora says. “There’s some validity to that, although I think, for the most part, any chemical imbalance is often a downstream effect of a state of imbalance happening elsewhere in the physical body.”
In this episode, you’ll learn:
Dr. Vora also confronts what she calls techxiety. This can include a boundaryless workplace, how the posture of screen use signals your body for anxiety, and, of course, social media. Research shows social media is associated with higher rates of anxiety and depression. Just 20 minutes of Facebook can impact mood.
So much of how you live your life as an adult profoundly impacts how your mental health manifests, and that’s the part you can control.
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