Let’s Define Anxiety and Swinger Anxiety
Swinger anxiety is a real thing. Swinging can be a stressful activity in general. People in the lifestyle are often concerned with the whole social process of meeting new people. Sometimes swingers have anxiety about about themselves or their appearance.
Anxiety has been a slice of the spectrum of human behavior for a long time, and it probably isn’t going away anytime soon. It’s a survival mechanism, after all, telling you that everything is not quite right around you and something bad may happen.
Most people experience some form of temporary anxiety, it’s totally normal. The problem comes when temporary anxiety becomes pervasive. It can easily evolve to the most common form of anxiety – Generalized Anxiety Disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic, temporary anxiety is generally considered to have turned into General Anxiety Disorder when you experience three or more of the following symptoms on a regular basis for 6 months:
- Feeling nervous, restless or tense
- Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
- Having an increased heart rate
- Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
- Feeling weak or tired
- Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
- Trouble sleeping before the expected event
- Having difficulty controlling worry
- Regular urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety
Generalised Anxiety in the Swinger lifestyle is most likely to be classified as “social anxiety.”
Nonclinically, you can also think of Generalized Anxiety Disorder as having a really hard time getting that voice in the back of your head to shut up before a social occasion.
How Is Swinger Anxiety Usually Treated?
Most people in the lifestyle who suffer swinger anxiety will go to their doctor and ask for something to treat “social anxiety.” If you go to your doctor and get diagnosed with one of the anxiety disorders they’ll usually prescribe drugs called benzodiazepines to treat the problem. One of them is oazepam. Oazepam is a fast-acting benzodiazepine with the super-fun side effects like clumsiness, daytime drowsiness, a feeling of whirling motion and headaches, most of which will make your swinger activities a lot less fun. Those side effects, combined with the fact that benzos can be extremely addictive, make it last resort for treating anxiety.
So Anxiety Drugs Aren’t Optimal, What Is?
If you’re having a problem with swinger anxiety, try passionflower. It’s been used to treat anxiety and other disorders for at least a couple hundred years, and science has backed up the herbalist claims.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics revealed that passionflower is as effective as oazepam.
- In this double-blind randomized trial, a group of people diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder were divided into two groups.
- Group one was given 45 drops of passionflower extract plus 1 placebo tablet (tricky scientists) per day for 28 days.
- Group two was given oazepam, 30 mg per day, plus placebo drops for 28 days.
- Each member was assessed by a psychiatrist at days 4, 7, 14, 21, and 28 for their anxiety symptoms using the HAM-A.
Passionflower and oazepam were judged to have the same effectiveness at lessening the symptoms of anxiety. But since passionflower has much less severe side effects, it’s pretty easy to see that the pharmaceutical remedy isn’t the best one. In addition to the significant addiction risk, the oazepam group reported job impairment from the side effects of the drug the next day. The passionflower group didn’t experience this.
Passionflower is, as the study concluded, “a significant improvement over benzodiazepines in the management of GAD especially when drug-induced impairment of job performance is to be avoided.”
Where, When, How to Use Passionflower
- Passionflower extract can be found at most health food stores or you can pick it up pretty cheaply online. There are two types of extracts: one is alcohol based and the other is glycerin based if you want to avoid alcohol. The study used an alcohol-based extract, but glycerin is comparable in efficacy.
- Any time anxiety rears its ugly head, you can treat it with passionflower. Try Passionflower for anxiety right before a swinger party or a social gathering. Just be aware that it will mellow you. Passionflower is especially beneficial when taken before bed for the above reason. It will shush that voice that always seems to wake up right as you want to wind down.
- The study used 45 drops per day. However, you can adjust the dose to your own needs. Generally, one “serving”= 1 ml of extract or 20-30 drops. It’s possible to take that dose up to three times a day.