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Anxiety Disorder


About
Also known as anxiety neurosis or anxiety reaction. A condition that can be caused by both psychologic and physiologic factors. It can take two general forms: (1) acute anxiety (panic disorder), marked by repeated occurrences of intense self-limited anxiety lasting usually a few minutes to an hour, or (2) chronic anxiety, characterized by less intense reactions of much longer duration (days, weeks, or months).


Notes
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  • A person that has low serum levels of iron and is taking tricyclic antidepressants (imipramine hydrochloride - Janimine, Tofranil - or imipramine pamoate -Tofranil-PM - can increase the risk of developing anxiety and jitteriness.
  • Biofeedback may help to manage anxiety symptoms.
  • By eating a healthy diet and taking the right nutritional supplement benefits such as reducing overall anxiety and decreasing frequency and intensity of panic attacks can be had. Consult your physician before making any change in a prescription regimen.
  • Chromium deficiency may generate nervousness, shakiness, and other symptoms of anxiety. Chromium deficiency is commonplace among alcoholics and people who use large amounts of refined sugars. A rich source of this vital trace element is brewer's yeast.
  • DL-phenylalanine (DLPA) has been very beneficial in the treatment of anxiety and depression. DLPA is a supplement containing D-phenylalanine and L-phenylalanine, and is exceedingly more potent than either of these amino-acids taken alone. Use this with the supervision of a nutritionally oriented physician.
  • Individuals that experience acute attack, usually look for medical assistance in hospital emergency rooms just to be told they are suffering from stress and after a good nights rest they will be fine. One study found that 70 percent of people who had panic attacks had been to at least ten or more physicians and diagnosed improperly.
  • It has been discovered that selenium enhances mood and lessens anxiety. This was discovered by observing that people who had reduced levels of selenium in their diets to begin with.
  • Drugs that are used to counter panic attacks should be administered and watched over by a physician. The effectiveness of drugs varies from person to person, and any of the drugs in use for this type of disorder may cause disagreeable side effects. Alprazolam (Xanax), one of the drugs most commonly used for this illness, has diverse effectiveness and may cause drowsiness and lightheadedness. May be very habit forming. If taken in higher doses (more than 4 milligrams per day) dependence can be higher. Also addicting if taken for more than eight weeks.
  • It has been found that marijuana may cause anxiety attacks.
  • Music has been found to be effectual in decreasing anxiety. Color has been found to inspire relaxation and calm.
  • Panic control ( a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy) is showing promise in long-term results for chronic sufferers of panic attacks. Therapists help patients to recreate the feelings of an attack and then train them to deal with the feelings it brings on. Usually antidepressant drugs or tranquilizers are used along with the panic control therapy.


Advice
  • Be sure to eat more smaller meals throughout the day.
  • Do not eat or drink caffeine.
  • Eat foods that contain calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium because stress can exhaust the body of these nutrients.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • For the best results do not eat food with refine sugar.
  • Receive plenty of rest.
  • Relaxation Techniques.
  • Talking to someone about what is going on with your life can help.
  • Use Breathing exercises to control acute attacks.
  • Write down everything that your eat and put it in a diary.
  • Your diet should contain complex carbohydrates and vegetable protein.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Zinc
Importance: High
Comments: Soothes central nervous system.


Calcium
Importance: High
Comments: Tranquilizer


Magnesium
Importance: High
Comments: Alleviates tension, nervousness, stress, muscular spasms, tics, and anxiety. Use with calcium for best results.


Multivitamin and mineral complex
Importance: High
Comments: Gives necessary nutrients in a balanced form. potassium aids in adrenal gland function.


Vitamin B complex
Importance: High
Comments: Keeps nervous system healthy.


Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
Importance: High
Comments: Soothes nerves. Helps relieve anxiety.


Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
Importance: High
Comments: Provides energy. Soothing. Helps some brain chemical production.


Niacinamide
Importance: High
Comments: Large doses are soothing.


Vitamin C
Importance: High
Comments: Helps adrenal glands function properly. Aids in brain chemistry function. Can be soothing in large doses. Lessens anxiety. Relieves stress.


Chromium
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Lack of chromium sometimes causes anxiety.


DL-Phenylalanine (DLPA)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps with chronic anxiety. Raises production of endorphins, easing stress and anxiety. Caution: Do not take this supplement if you are pregnant or nursing, or suffer from panic attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure or PKU.


L-glutamine
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Soothing.


L-Tyrosine
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps ease anxiety and depression. Caution: Do not take this supplement if you are taking an MAO inhibitor drug.


L-Glycine
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps keep central nervous system healthy.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Bilberry
Type: Internal
Purposes: Bilberry contains Vitamins A and C, and flavonoids which provides antioxidant protection that helps prevent free radical damage. Free radical damage can be caused by stress.

Ginkgo Biloba and Milk Thistle
Type: Internal
Purposes: Potent free radical scavengers that aid in prevention of free radical damage which can be caused by stress. Milk Thistle contains flavonoids called silymarin which protect and strengthen the liver.

Catnip
Type: Internal
Purposes: Used as a mild tranquilizer to relieve stress, stimulate the appetite, and helps the person to relax, thereby helping to prevent panic attacks.

Chamomile
Type: Internal
Purposes: A great relaxant for the nervous system. Chamomile teas are used to reduce tension and stress which aid in preventing panic attacks.
Cautions: Using Chamomile for long periods of time may cause ragweed allergy.

Cramp Bark
Type: Internal
Purposes: Used as a nerve sedative and anti-spasmodic in hysteria attacks. This sedative and anti-spasmodic effect may help to prevent panic attacks.

Kava Kava
Type: Internal
Purposes: Kava kava is used by the native inhabitants of the South Pacific to relax the body, relieve stress and anxiety.
Cautions: If drowsiness occurs lower dosage and if continues discontinue using this herb.

Hops
Type: Internal
Purposes: Hops are an effective sedative and are used to sooth and calm the nervous system. This calming effect may help the person to relax, thereby eliminating stress and panic attacks.

Linden Flower
Type: Internal
Purposes: The flowers work well to sooth nervous tension and panic helping the person to relax and possibly avoid a panic attack.

Motherwort
Type: Internal
Purposes: Known to relieves anxiety and tension. It is a useful relaxing tonic that may relieve stress.

Passionflower
Type: Internal
Purposes: The passionflower is known to have sedative, tranquilizing, and sleep-inducing properties. Mildly effective for treating anxiety and stress disorders.

Skullcap
Type: Internal
Purposes: Baical Skullcap is useful to calm nerves and eliminate stress and irritation.

Fennel
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fennel inhibits spasms in the intestinal tract and eases gas and bloating. Used to promote good digestion. This herb is used to eliminate flatulence and prevent an upset stomach. Makes a pleasant tasting tea and works best if drank before and after meals. There are no known side effects to Fennel.

Lemon Balm and Willow Bark
Type: Internal
Purposes: Willow Bark helps with gastrointestinal disorders and sooths the stomach. Lemon Balm calms the digestive tract and relieves upset stomach, stomach cramps and indigestion.

Feverfew
Type: Internal
Purposes: Used mainly to treat and prevent recurrences of chronic migraine headaches. Feverfew has relaxant properties that help to relieve headaches caused by anxiety and stress.
Cautions: Pregnant women should not use this herb. Eating the fresh leaves of feverfew may cause loss of taste and a few people have developed mouth ulcers.

Meadowsweet Tea
Type: Internal
Purposes: Meadowsweet is a natural source of aspirin and is beneficial in relieving nagging headaches caused by stress and anxiety. Does not have the after effects of aspirin. This tea has a pleasant taste and aroma.
Cautions: If you are a pregnant or lactating women do not take this herb.

St. John's Wort
Type: Internal
Purposes: Several studies have shown this herb to have positive results in patients with mild to moderate depression. St. John's Wort is an excellent mood elevator. Changes in mood takes approximately two to four weeks.
Cautions: Check with a physician before using this herb if you are pregnant.

Skullcap
Type: Internal
Purposes: Renews and revives the central nervous system while relieving states of nervous tension. Takes the edge off anxiety and promotes sleep. Useful in the treatment of depression and panic attacks.

Valerian Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: In the 1970's human studies on Valerian were done and it was found that this herb works well for treating depression and panic attacks.

Ephedra (ma huang)
Type: Internal
Purposes: The use of Ephedra should be avoided due to the fact that it may cause irritability, anxiety and depression.