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Whilst in only a handful of cases are individuals suffering from anxiety prone to make it this obvious, anxiety is a disorder that most individuals go through at some stage. Consequent problems can range from poor sleep, improper diet and headaches to poor performance at work and general irritability in many social situations. More seriously, many individuals can turn to alcohol abuse or worse. Sadly anxiety is a condition that is becoming increasingly prevalent in modern society.

What is it?

All of us have, at one time or another, experienced anxiety: a school test we were not fully prepared for, a potential date who we were not sure would say yes to a movie, a critical deadline falling by the wayside at work...all of these situations lead to anxiety: that feeling of concern, the focus on one situation to the detriment of other aspects of our lives and real physical symptoms; shortness of breath, insomnia, accelerated heart rate and even a loss in appetite, among many.

For most people, these episodes of anxiety are transient: they come about because of an exceptional situation and disappear soon after the event is over.

But for others, anxiety forms a very real part of their everyday life. Some people are in high stress environments that they cannot easily alter. For them, anxiety is a terrible affliction that makes everyday life a misery.

When an individual suffers from anxiety long enough, depression may result.

When looked at in detail, anxiety is something that comes in many high individualized forms. The key types are listed below.

  1. Panic Disorder. This ailment sees people suddenly overcome with feelings of fear or terror with minimal, or sometimes without any, justifiable reason. Many people feel as if "they are going to die". As a general rule, about 1% of the population suffer from this condition.

  2. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This is a form of anxiety where individuals are consumed by certain thoughts, sounds or images. In many cases, this can manifest in the form of the performance of certain rituals in a highly automaton like fashion. Cases include a lady who would wash dishes with one brand of soap for over 6 hours a day, every day; a motorist who could not drive past cars colored red and teenager who stole pens at school to chew them a certain length before discarding them. Just over 1% of the general population has had this condition at one time or another.

  3. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This occurs, as the name suggests, after an event in person's life which caused a great deal of pain, fear or other form of suffering. The same dread and horror that a person underwent during that event (such as a war, a rape, violent assault or similar) returns periodically to haunt them as the memories of that event come back in vivid reality. About 2% of the general population suffers from this condition.

  4. Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder). This is simply a phobia where people feel uncomfortable in common social situations. People who have this condition have a fear of being judged by others, especially with having their actions and behavior labeled as inferior in some way. The circumstances can range from the very common fear of speaking in front of large audiences to a more generalized phobia that makes people uncomfortable and anxious in the presence of any other individuals. About 2% of the general population suffers from this condition.

  5. Defined Phobias. These are common phobias that relate to specific events or situations: a fear of flying, a fear of heights, a fear of spiders or a fear of certain foods. These phobias are sometimes extremely specific; for example, a pilot may be supremely confident in the air when he is flying at the controls...yet break into a cold sweat when he is a passenger. In this case, it is not so much a fear of flying as a fear of not being in control of a certain situation. About 3% of the general population has this type of phobia to a degree classed as medically serious.

  6. General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). This is essentially magnified form of the common worrying that virtually everyone experiences on an everyday basis. Suffers continually have a perception of doom and foreboding, which clouds their everyday lives. In some cases it does not impede normal functioning of an individual, whereas in more severe cases it permeates every aspect of a person's life and behavior. Around 2% of the general population has this disorder to a significant degree.

What causes anxiety?
Essentially, anxiety can be caused by any situation which, in one sense or another, overwhelms our ability (whether real or perceived) to cope with it. As mentioned, it can be due to prior trauma (especially in early childhood), but in many cases (especially chronic ones), the causes are unknown. In some instances, it is suspected that an imbalance in serotonin levels have a role to play.

The borderline between "normal" everyday anxiety and the medically significant kind is somewhat indistinct: what some individuals regard as a normal concern about everyday events, others think of as anxiety. Even when ongoing anxiety can be explained by external environmental factors, it is sometimes difficult to say whether the individual experiencing it is better off with some medical treatment or should seek a change in circumstances.

Latest research shows that there may be a genetic link to some types of anxiety disorders, with some phobias running in families through the generations. However, the links are not conclusively proven and the available data is, by admission, very poorly understood.

Are there any treatments?
Anxiety can be treated in a number of ways. Often, it is the result of emotionally difficult circumstances, such as unstable relationship. When this situation resolves, anxiety goes away.

If the above does not apply, in mild cases, counseling does have a role to play. Sometimes people simply need to form an outlet for the problems, which can be done by establishing an emotional bond with another individual and simply "pouring their heart out". This method works in a surprising number of cases.

Hypnosis has shown remarkable effectiveness in certain instances of anxiety. This is simply relaxing an individual to a state where certain aspects of their psyche are more accessible to positive suggestion. It has effectively treated Defined Phobias, GAD, OCD and PTSD, with mixed, but encouraging, results in other types. Since anxiety is very much a condition of the mind (in most cases), the ability of hypnosis to alter perceptions of both physical and emotional influences has a remarkable ability to treat anxiety. Whilst different people have differing abilities to be hypnotized, it is highly recommended that individuals try this treatment mode before trying other ones.

Medications which have traditionally been used to treat depression have been shown to have positive effects on individuals suffering from anxiety. They can include traditional anti-depressants such as prozac, however, some more advanced treatments involve drugs such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) - the tricyclics and the monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). These affect the production of dopamine in the brain.

Benzodiazepines are powerful drugs for anxiety that work fast and have very few side effects aside from drowsiness. Unfortunately, the dosage must be increased if individuals take them over time as their bodies develop a tolerance to it.

How can The Sutherlandia Company help?
For this condition, both Sutherlandia Frutescens Tablets and Sceletium Tortuosum Tablets can prove very effective.

Sceletium Tortuosum Tablets

For moderate to more pronounced cases of anxiety, Sceletium Tortuosum can be an outstanding natural treatment that has rapid and safe effects. The active ingredient in the plant is mesembrine (along with the closely related compounds of mesembrenone, mesembrenol and tortuosamine), which has a positive effect on regulating the production of serotonin in the brain.

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Sceletium Tortuosum MUST NOT not be combined with any other psychoactive medication or used by pregnant or breast feeding women.

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Sutherlandia Frutescens Tablets

For mild to moderate cases of anxiety, Sutherlandia Frutescens Tablets can be quite effective. The reason for its ability to have a positive effect is the presence of GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter. Furthermore, L-canavanine and L-asparagine also may play a role in treating the condition. Click on the links to discover more about how they can help treat anxiety along with other conditions.

Whilst the mechanisms of interaction are not fully understood at this time, when these substances are combined, as they are in the Sutherlandia plant, they can produce positive outcomes in a few days with some patients.

Sutherlandia Frutescens is not known to produce any harmful interactions with other supplements or drugs, but should not be taken by pregnant or breast feeding women.

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Of Interest
The National Institute of Mental Health runs an excellent website that gives a very good explanation of anxiety and associated issues. Click here.


The ADAA is the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. It is a very good resource for individuals suffering from this ailment. Click here to visit.


The Anxiety Network runs a  comprehensive website that explains a great deal about different types of anxiety. Your can visit their site by clicking here.


The more investigation done into the human genome, the more that is discovered about the somewhat surprising link between genetics and psychological conditions. This BBC report connects the gene known as SLC64A with a certain predisposition to anxiety. Please click here.


Anxiety disorders know no age limits: children suffer from situations ranging from the expectations of parents to whether they are simply "good enough" to be successful. A very worrying report from the the US ABC network that all parents should read. Please click here.


Is anxiety for an individual determined very early in life? In a study on mice reported by MSNBC, those that were born with low levels of serotonin were far more likely to develop symptoms of anxiety. Another confirmation of the critical role of this chemical in affecting mood. Please click here.


This is a very useful search engine that specifically targets any website that deals with anxiety and panic disorders. A very good idea. Please click here.


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