Let me begin by saying, even though I’m writing a post about anxiety, I thankfully, do not experience a lot of it. The situations that cause me to experience anxiety include speaking in front of a crowd, packing for a trip or being late for something. These situations are infrequent.
Thank you so much to Jimmy, who reads the blogs I post, for providing a link to an important article on the benefits of nutraceuticals in treating PD. It was published in the September 2016 edition of NeuroMolecular Medicine and contains a lot of medical terminology, but it’s well worth the read.
If you are experiencing a neurological disorder [parkinson’s, ALS, MS] chances are, you’ve spent too much of your life worrying. I certainly have! Worrying about what people think of me. About failing. Worrying about getting beaten up, being laughed at, spanked, criticized, punished, etc. Worrying about money, keeping my job, the mortgage, the kids, my parents, etc. And where did it get me? Absolutely nowhere!
Someone asked me recently what specific things I have found helpful on my journey with a neurological disorder, both in terms of minimizing the symptoms I experience and eventually leading to my recovery. This is what I listed:
One of the more significant challenges I face living with a neurotransmitter condition [parkinson’s] is coping with anxiety. This morning, I experienced it in spades when I made an appearance on our local cable television station. I was filming a segment on martial arts and even though I’ve been on the show several times and know the hosts very well, I was still feeling enormous anxiety. It was in part, magnified by how I have been feeling about my father’s deteriorating health. I have also been feeling a lot of anxiety about announcing changes to our program at the karate club. I think they’re very positive changes, but you never know how people are going to react. As an example, while most of the world celebrated the end of apartheid in South Africa in 1989, there were many people [including people in positions of power] who didn’t. You just never know!
Between the onset of panic attacks, a new understanding of the role of fear, the sudden, temporary remission of symptoms and an unexpected ashram visit [among many other experiences], 2014 was a heck of a year! And if I had to characterize it with one word, that word would be, learning! I thought I had learned a lot in the years previous, but this year I learned so much it blew my mind [almost literally]!
Despite all the things I’ve been doing to return my body to homeostasis [maintaining a good attitude, eliminating stress, eating healthy foods, detoxifying, exercising, bodywork and strengthing my adrenal glands] I haven’t been making the progress I had hoped for. At least not as it relates to lessenlng the symptoms I experience. I’m not feeling discouraged because I know I’m on the right track. More like, feeling puzzled! But I’ve been doing this long enough that I know when I’m not making progress, it’s because there is something I’m missing, something I need to learn.
In 1817, almost 200 years ago, Dr. James Parkinson, an English surgeon, first identified a group of symptoms that he described in an article he published, “An essay on the shaking palsy.” I wonder what he would think now.
Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I have had the mindset that I had to heal myself. In so doing, I put a lot of pressure on myself and caused myself a lot of stress [which has paradoxically been working against my efforts to heal myself]. The reality is however, I have nothing to heal, which makes a lot of sense when I think about it because I’m not really a ‘healer!’