Have you ever had your mind take you to an unfamiliar, scary place? I'm not referring to what happens when you think about the Blair Witch sequel; I'm talking about anxiety.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 18 percent of American adults have an anxiety disorder. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America says that anxiety disorders cost the country more than $42 billion a year. About half of this cost is from people seeking treatment for symptoms that mirror physical medical conditions.
Anxiety can range from mild to severe, and it can come on at any time in your life. It can prevent you from connecting with friends or feeling comfortable with your children. Medication can help, but many users say that it blunts their emotions. It can be hard to find the ideal medication and dose that alleviates symptoms with few side effects.
More practitioners are prescribing yoga as a treatment for anxiety. Yoga can help you get in tune with your emotions, and it doesn't numb them the way some medications can. It has no detrimental side effects other than the slight possibility of injury if you don't do a pose properly. Yoga can help you to calm anxiety.