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How Anxiety Affects Your Physical Health

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in the United States, affecting an estimated 40 million American adults. It’s characterized by feelings of worry, nervousness, and panic attacks. But, did you know that anxiety can affect more than just your mind?

Mental and physical health have long been considered separate fields of medicine, but the truth is they’re connected. Anxiety is a mental health condition, but some of its most common symptoms are physical, such as increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, nausea, and stomach pain.

At Ketamine Integrative Medicine in Gilbert, Arizona, Annette Lusko, DO, understands the detrimental effects anxiety can have on a person's life. That’s why she offers ketamine therapy, which can reduce the symptoms of anxiety. Read on to learn how anxiety can affect your physical health and how ketamine therapy can help relieve the symptoms.

Mental and physical health are linked

Mental health care and physical health care are often separated, but your mental and physical health are inextricably linked. You can’t have one without the other, and ignoring the physical symptoms of a mental health issue can have lasting detrimental effects.

Anxiety commonly occurs with depression, both of which can cause physical symptoms, such fatigue, insomnia, weight changes, and even physical pain.

In the same way, physical ailments can have mental effects. One study found that having a chronic disease can increase a person’s risk of suffering mental health conditions. For example, nearly 30% of cancer patients in the study were diagnosed with depression compared to 4-8% of the general population.

The physical symptoms of anxiety

Anxiety can cause a range of physical symptoms, including the following:

Anxiety can also cause mental symptoms, such as persistent worry, an inability to concentrate, and feelings of nervousness.

Treating anxiety

The good news is that finding a treatment that works for your mental symptoms can often work for your physical symptoms as well. If you’ve tried traditional anxiety treatments without success, it’s time to learn more about ketamine therapy.

Dr. Lusko offers ketamine infusions and oral ketamine for anxiety, and she’ll help you determine which treatment is right for you. Ketamine is a safe and effective medication that can relieve symptoms of anxiety. And as the ketamine works to minimize your anxiety symptoms, you can focus on learning strategies to manage your worries in daily life.

If you have anxiety, find out how ketamine therapy may be able to help you. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Ketamine Integrative Medicine today.

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