Does your stress come from your parents?

Ever wondered that your phobia may be because your mom or dad was also affected by the same phobia? Yes. This is true. Current research states that stress or other behavioral traits in you can be passed on to you through your parents.


How does it work?
Your genetic make-up or DNA can carry memories through generations or ages and act as the cause of the phobias or other mental stress related problems. The chemical changes which occur in your DNA can be a major source which allows you to inherit information biologically. This research has been able to provide answer to the questions of the reason behind people showing irrational or unexplained phobias in their life. Team of research scientists through their studies on mice and have shown that the information from the brain is transferred to the genome which is later carried onto the future generations.

Parents pass on their fears to children
Another interesting study has reported that the fears experienced by a parent are passed down to their children. This effect is so pronounced that the traumatic experiences in the life of a parent can be extended through generations to their children as well. These multi-generational effects of mental problems have been extended to acquiring phobias, anxieties and even stress.

The next question is how to distress yourself and how to deal with these mental problems? There are many natural ways to tackle these problems. Some of these are discussed below.

Herbs to treat phobias
There are many herbs which have been recommended to be used as a relief for anxiety or fear which has been acquired through generations. Valerian root, chamomile, ginseng, lemon, lavender, chamomile and even endocannabinoids have been successfully used in the treatment of these problems.

Some practitioners have also advocated the use of hypnotherapy in the treatment of phobias or anxiety. Hypnosis is studied to target the subconscious mind of the patient and then the practitioner can change the belief persisting in the mind of the patient. This treatment of the patient while he or she is in an unconscious state helps him/her to behave with the same operational belief in the awakened state.

The essence of flowers
The essence of flowers has also been successfully used in treating the negating effects of phobias in a person’s life. The aroma and the essence of flowers help in balancing out the negativity of mental state and emotions in the patient’s mind. Various flowers and their essences which have been used in the treatment of phobias or anxieties are Mimulus, Aspen, Red chestnut, Rock rose and Agrimony.

Aromatherapy is considered to be one of the best ways in which phobias can be treated. The use of essential oils has been suggested to be helpful in relieving the phobias. They aroma from the essential oils is used in the treatment help in relieving tension, and bringing about a feeling of calm and peace. The oils in aromatherapy can be used as bath or massage oils used in carrier oil such as almond oil or olive oil. Vaporizer is also a convenient way of using these essential oils. These essential oils can help in reversing the reasons or feelings which are claimed to be associated with the phobia.

The essential oil herbs such as lavender and chamomile are found to be helpful in releasing tension and enhance the feeling of calmness. Research conducted in this field has also concluded that aroma of this essential oil is related to memory and hence the phobias are also associated with memory, the aroma of essential oils leaves an effect on the mind and even the rest of the nervous system. The oils which have been credited to be the best oils to help a person suffering from phobia or anxiety are chamomile, bergamot, germanium, clary sage, juniper, Melissa, lavender and Ylang Ylang, jasmine, and marjoram.

Another natural treatment is biofeedback. This is a technique which allows some body function to come to consciousness in an attempt to ‘fix’ or ‘correct’ something. Various biofeedback which have been used today to treat phobias, fears or anxiety are neurofeedback, alpha wave increase and lowering theta brain waves, HEG biofeedback, neuroliminal training, galvanic skin resistance and EMG feedback. Biofeedback has been successfully used in providing relief from many problems such as anxiety or panic attacks, depression, insomnia, and phobias.

The above discussion is only intended for providing knowledge and information about he acquired phobias and their natural treatments and any treatment should only be considered after consulting your doctor. The symptoms of phobias may also be a sign of a more serious underlying problem and hence any of these treatments should only be taken up after your doctor’s consent.

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