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Anxiety Disorder

All people experience fear and anxiety dealing with external threat and stressful events.  However, when anxiety occurs in inappropriate times or is so intense and long-lasting that it interferes with the normal activities, it is considered as a disorder.

Anxiety disorder is the most common type of psychiatric disorder.  During the anxiety attack, large amount of stress hormones, including adrenaline are secreted into the bloodstream.  These hormones cause the heart rate to increase,  blood flows to the muscles and brain, blood sugar increases, breathing is faster and sweating occurs.  Anxiety disorders can have cumulative effects, such as generalized pains and aches, insomnia, nightmares, depression, decreased libido.  Women may experience changes in menstrual cycles and more severe premenstrual symptoms.

Anxiety disorders can be acute and chronic and manifest in different forms.  Generalized anxiety disorder consists of excessive, almost daily anxiety attacks about a variety of activities for prolonged period of time (6 months or longer).   Panic attack is an acute and intense anxiety with physiological symptoms such as shortness of breath, heart palpitations, chest pain, hot flashes or chills, trembling, nausea and a feeling of unreality.  Phobic disorders involve persistent, unrealistic, intense anxiety towards specific external situations. 

Anxiety disorders are often treated with drugs.  Sometimes, medical problems can also cause anxiety disorders.  Proper medical diagnosis is critical before treatment starts. 

 

Nutritional supplements for anxiety disorders:

Multivitamin and mineral complex

A multivitamin and mineral complex provides all nutrients in balance.  Vitamin B complex helps normal nervous system function, reduces anxiety and stress and has a calming effect on the nerves.  Vitamin C & potassium are necessary for proper function of adrenal glands.  Zinc has a calming effect on central nervous system.

 

Magnesium

Magnesium is a natural tranquilizer.  It helps to relieve anxiety, stress and muscular spasms.  Magnesium deficiency may cause anxiety, panic, insomnia. 

 

Chamomile

Chamomile tones the nervous system, relaxes the muscles, and eases the digestive problems that come with anxiety.  Drinking a chamomile tea (steep 1-2 teaspoons of dried flowers in hot water for 10 min) or taking chamomile tincture once every 2 hours would do.

 

Hops

A moderately strong herb to relax the nervous system.  It is also good for insomnia, stress and tension headache.

 

Valerian

Valerian is a strong anti-anxiety herb.  Valerian contains active ingredients, valerpotriates, which act like Valium.  Valerian also improves the quality of sleep, and relaxes muscles.  Valerian may cause restlessness to some people.  Discontinue use of adverse reaction occurs.

 

Siberian ginseng

This herb is good for chronic stress, it helps to restore overstressed adrenal glands.  Taking Siberian ginseng supplements for several months can reduce stress and anxiety.

 

GABA (γ-aminobutyric acid)

GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter in central nervous system.  It also regulates muscle tone.  GABA has relaxing, anti-anxiety and anti-convulsive effects.

 

Source Naturals, Calm Thoughts, 90 Tablets

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