Anxiety is a feeling of fear or apprehension and it is normal to feel anxious from time to time. However, Anxiety may become a problem if feelings are extreme, last for longer than six months, and are interfering with daily life. People with Anxiety Disorders often experience intense, excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations. Anxiety Disorders can involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety that peak with minutes (panic attacks) and can affect anyone at any age. Anxiety is a component of several different disorders including Panic Disorder, Phobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Separation Anxiety and Illness Anxiety Disorder.
Treatment for Anxiety usually involves a combination of psychotherapy and medication, based on the individual and dependent on the type and severity of the Anxiety Disorder. Mild Anxiety may be helped by making mindset and lifestyle changes whereas more severe cases may require medication. Options for managing Anxiety can include education, relaxation techniques, cognitive or behaviour therapy, counselling, medication and lifestyle changes.
Pre-clinical evidence supports the use of medicinal cannabis as a treatment for Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when administered in the short-term. However, few studies have investigated long-term usage. Overall, there is evidence to suggest that medicinal cannabis has considerable potential as a treatment for Anxiety Disorders but there is a need for further clinical studies to determine long-term and therapeutic effects.
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