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June 11, 2004

Stress and Anxiety

Systems in the Body Affected by Anxiety

Though the physiological response to anxiety or

stress is the same no matter what the initial stressor is (physical

danger, psychological distress, or imaginary threat), the chemical

trigger for anxiety can vary greatly. For example, the chemical

imbalance that triggers PMS-related anxiety is often quite different

from the chemical or hormonal imbalances seen in hyperthyroidism

or menopause-related anxiety.

In women with anxiety or panic episodes, the sympathetic

nervous system is actually too sensitive or too easily triggered.

Their systems are too often in a state of readiness to react to

a crisis. This puts them in a constant state of tension.

When a woman identifies anxiety as a serious complaint,

any of four body systems may be compromised:

The nervous system, which comprises the

fibers that connect the brain, organs, and muscles by transmitting

impulses that allow normal bodily sensation and movement, as well

as the experience and expression of moods and feelings.

The endocrine or glandular system, which

regulates reproductive and metabolic functions, such as menstruation

and the efficient burning of food for energy. The endocrine glands

communicate with one another by secreting chemicals called hormones

into the bloodstream. These carry chemical messages from one gland

to another.

The immune system, which fights foreign

invaders in the body such as bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells.

It also includes the body’s response to allergies, which occur when

the body overreacts to harmless substances.

The cardiovascular system, which consists

of the heart and all the blood vessels in the body.

Read More on Anxiety and Stress:

Getting Started

“Fight or Flight”

Systems in the Body Affected by Anxiety

Quiz: How Balanced are Your Neurotransmitters?

Keep it SIMPLE tip — Think Good Thoughts

Nutritional Therapies

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with a Stress-Reducing Diet

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Stress with Stress-Reducing Supplements

Replenishing the Pathways

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Complementary Therapies

The Sponge Yoga Pose

Reduce Stress with Reflexology

Aromatherapy for Relaxation



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