In today’s society, anxiety affects people from all classes, ages, and races. Dr. Michelle Walter finds the cause of patients’ anxiety and develops a treatment plan to address each person’s specific issues. Located in North Bend, Washington, Dr. Walter and her team at NOBU Integrative Medicine practice naturopathy to heal the body and mind, reducing the frequency and severity of anxiety. Contact her today to see what she can do for you. Call the office or easily schedule an appointment online.
What is anxiety?
Excessive unease or apprehension about the future characterizes anxiety. It includes feelings of worry and nervousness, especially when it comes to uncertain outcomes.
Having some anxiety is normal, as it’s one of your body’s natural responses. But when it’s severe, anxiety interferes with your daily activities, such as:
- Managing stress
With one in 10 Americans diagnosed with anxiety issues, it’s one of today’s most prevalent and pressing health and wellness issues.
Anxiety doesn’t always manifest the same way. For some, anxiety may cause insomnia, but for others, it can lead to panic attacks or phobias. Obsessive-compulsive disorders may occur in some patients, while other people might develop ulcers.
What causes anxiety?
A variety of issues can cause anxiety, so Dr. Walter assesses several factors to get to the root of your problem. She looks for physical ailments that may be causing an increase in anxiety, including drug interactions or food sensitivities. Dr. Walter also assesses:
- Digestive issues
- Blood sugar regulation
- Thyroid function
- Cardiac function
- Respiratory health
Dr. Walter may recommend comprehensive lab work that includes testing for deficiencies and hormone levels. Those analyses allow her to determine what things are out of normal range, including:
How is anxiety treated?
To treat anxiety, Dr. Walter looks at your individual needs and creates a treatment plan to address the issues you’re experiencing. Since anxiety is often a complicated interaction of multiple physical imbalances and lifestyle habits, she takes a multidimensional approach.
Dr. Walter counsels you on diet, including meal frequency and reducing or eliminating certain anxiety-causing substances like caffeine. She also addresses your sleep routine, helping you optimize your rest.
Establishing a healthy work-life balance can also reduce anxiety, as can regular physical activity. Dr. Walter recommends cardio exercises as well as relaxation practices such as yoga and meditation.
As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Walter may recommend herbal and natural remedies to reduce anxiety symptoms, including:
- Nervines, like passionflower and chamomile
- Adaptogens, like withania and rhodiola
- Supplements, like L-theanine (found in green tea) and 5-HTP
If you’re looking for a natural approach to help reduce your anxiety, contact NOBU Integrative Medicine today. Call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Walter, or book your appointment online.