Anxiety & Depression by Elise Ho, PhD

It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious or depressed occasionally, especially in response to life’s stressors. However, when these feelings become prolonged, disproportionate or apparent for no significant reason, they need to be addressed. Characterized by a constant overwhelming state of fear or worry, anxiety can be debilitating in its physical manifestations, too. The symptoms of depression may be similar with unrelenting feelings of sadness or despair. The exact cause is still unclear; however, changes in brain chemistry, genetic factors, and hormone function are all believed to play a role. Irrespective of the cause, mental illness requires and generally responds to professional treatment.


Our understanding of mental illness has evolved over time, yet it still presents certain difficulties. Diagnostically speaking, depression and anxiety primarily affects the way an individual thinks and feels, and in most cases subsequently behaves; therefore we generally rely upon patients to identify these changes themselves and seek help. In some case family members or close friends may be able to identify vulnerable individuals and assist in requesting attention.

There are many things that can be done to help someone who is feeling sad, anxious or depressed. CBD is one of the most popular natural options available as it has the potential to work well. It is even better when this is coupled with some sort of coaching or talk therapy.

Generally, work will be done to identify and address key triggers and ways of managing future events. A holistic coach will often combine this with a focus on improving nutrition and encouraging regular exercise, which itself can actively promote a healthy mental state.

Indeed, a safe and effective first step towards self-empowerment is taking control over one’s diet. The benefits are both psychological and physiological. Reducing or eliminating spikes caused by sugar-laden foods and stimulants, such as excess coffee, cigarettes, etc., will help in reducing the debilitating feelings associated with general anxiety.

Young people and children are just as vulnerable to mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. While often harder to detect, once recognized and attended to the child can have a happier and more fulfilling childhood.

A happier childhood better prepares the child for dealing with the stresses of teen years and young adulthood. The healthy and safe transition of young adulthood enables the individual to prepare for and live a life feeling in control, empowered and able to deal with everyday challenges.


If someone you love is sad and feels like life is out of control, please seek help for them today. 
Elise Ho

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