When I first met Martha, financial worries constantly hounded her, looming layoffs meant she often worked 10-hour (or longer) days, and a near-zero sex drive took its toll on her three-year relationship.
To cope with ever-increasing anxiety levels, Martha popped Xanax throughout the day. She was up to 3 mg ("one and a half bars," as she called it), yet she hated feeling dependent on this popular anti-anxiety drug that often made her feel like a space cadet. At the
same time, Martha considered natural anti-anxiety remedies like yoga, meditation, and supplements like L-theanine (as she called it) "woo-woo medicine."
As a doctor who helps women heal from autoimmune disease and balance their hormones, I’ve seen how, despite numerous medications and meditations, many patients like Martha feel plagued by anxiety. Rather than connect these mood disorders with hormonal imbalances, doctors instantly reach for their prescription pad.