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Anxiety syndrome.

"The doctor said that I have vegetal-vascular dystonia. What kind of an illness is this, how does it come about and how should it be treated?"

Very often people come to the doctor, suffering from what is a widespread illness at present, which is called "neuro-circulatory dystonia" (NCD) or vegetal-vascular dystonia.

At the base of this pathological state is the overexertion of the central nervous system, which results in the disruption of the regulation of the vascular system, worsening of the blood-supplying organs and tissues, trophic disorders, worsening of the ability of capillaries to carry blood. In professional literature this pathology is also known as the "anxiety syndrome."

Other risk factors are often added to the original nervous overexhaustion. Among them are the chronic periodontic infections (tonsillitis, haimoritis, carious teeth), head traumas, consequences of acute or chronic intoxication (first of all alcoholic, and now narcotic). Symptoms of this illness are connected primarily with the disruption of the functioning of one or another vegetative processes. Among them are headaches, dizziness, weakness, exhaustion, excess perspiration, sensitivity to cold, sensitivity to weather changes, inconsistency of arterial pressure, worsening of sleep and others.

More serious complications of this illness are hypertonic illness, arteriosclerosis with ischemic heart disease, dystrophy with signs of early aging.

NCD often develops in people who are "fixated" on their health. The term "hypochondria" is well-known to doctors, which means a stubborn fixation on one’s well-being, sometimes reevaluating the severity of one’s condition. Thus, there are many hypochondriacs among those suffering from this illness, though, of course, not everyone can be put into one category.

Undoubtedly, one should treat oneself reasonably, protect one’s health, because it is a gift of God. Only the extremes are harmful.

It is difficult to treat NCD. The main emphasis is made on the change in a person’s way of life. I would say that the main medication for this affliction must become the acquisition of spiritual peace. And as we well know, there is no peace of the soul without God’s grace. A peaceful spirit and clear conscience together with a reasonable fast, physical labor, toughening of the organism — are elements of recovery.

Of course, one should turn to a specialist for help as well, but I repeat: medications for this illness play only an supporting role.

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