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EGADS! GAD: Anxiety Overview

what is anxiety?
“GAD” means Generalized Anxiety Disorder. GAD is defined as an exaggerated state of persistent worrying that is uncontrollable and impairing and which occurs more than 50% of the time over at least 6 months. It is often accompanied by distress, apprehension, mood irritability and even physical manifestations, such as fatigue and muscular tension.1 An excellent definition is all well and good, but what exactly is it? Why does it strike only certain people? Why is it uncontrollable?   Where do you live? In the USA, it strikes between 1 in 10-20 people, but in Europe it is less, between 1 in 30-50.2 It is twice as common in women as men and is very common in the elderly. It is at its worst when combined with major depression, which significantly increases the chances of it continuing well into the future. It is possibly inheritable from a parent with depression, passing on the family genes that affect the neurotransmitters in the brain, such as norepinephrine, seroton ...

What is Asthma and how to avoid it?

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Asthma is a condition in which one’s airways constrict, swell, and produce mucus, a trifecta of sorts which results in less air moving from the outside world into the lungs. This can lead to a decrease in oxygen exchange with the waste product, carbon dioxide. As such, breathing—and thereby, adequate oxygenation—is compromised. Thought to be triggered by environmental factors in genetically predisposed individuals, the exact cause is unknown. Genetic (inherited) hypersensitivity + exposure to environmental triggers -> ASTHMA A common occurrence is a wheezing sound during exhalation. Naturally, having the flu or a cold worsens any asthmatic situations and can even mimic asthma. Mostly harmless but bothersome, in severe cases asthma can lead to death. In childhood, more males have asthma than females, but by age 20 it evens out; after 40, more females have it. What causes asthma? Some people get it, some don’t. That’s the genetics at play an ...

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