One of the toughest disorders to deal with is anxiety. It gives you a feeling of panic, worry, fear, and even dread. It’s a feeling that has taken its toll on a vast majority of the world’s population.
According to the Anxiety Centre, almost 30% of the adult population that are between the ages of 18-54 are affected by anxiety in the US alone.
Mental health is a silent killer, mostly because people are afraid to talk/speak up about their issue. It’s tough to relate to those with anxiety, but there are always different methods that can be done to help with it. One doctor believes he has found a solution to anxiety. Read on to find out what that solution is.
Before dissecting this new discovery on anxiety, let’s first discuss how anxiety has become so prevalent to our society. Psychologists believe that the rise of technology, overly-protective parenting and “exam factory” schooling are to blame.
The reason why they believe these three elements have played such a huge role is because people tend to grow very insecure from each of these things. For example: society has put such pressure on people getting good grades so they can get a good job, so schools have taken the testing approach rather than the teaching approach. Basing your entire future on a grade can be really nerve-racking.
Psychologists also believe that giving people the freedom of choice also plays an affect. In no way are they blaming the freedom aspect of choice, but with the issue that society is watching and judging our every move. It puts a lot of pressure on people to make the “right decision” which can affect your self-esteem if you choose wrong.
So how do we fight anxiety? Some people believe that medication is the key. Others believe that counselling is beneficial. But one thing that is certain is that the pharmaceutical industries thrive off people suffering from anxiety, with 65% of North Americans taking prescription medication daily and 43% taking mood regulators on the regular.
One method that has proven to be very effective is music therapy. Although it has some success, neuroscientists in the UK say they have found the perfect song for those who suffer from anxiety.
According to Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Minilab International, the study his team conducted showed that this song managed to increase the rate of relaxation in the subjects than any other music they have tested to date.
The name of the song is Weightless and was created by Marconi Union. The song has such an effect on the participants that Dr. Lewis-Hodgson had to instruct them not to listen to it while driving.
What is important about the creating of this song is that Marconi Union actually created it in collaboration with sound therapists. It is designed to slow down the heart rate, reduce the blood pressure and lower your levels of stress. Talk about a triple threat!