Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Food

Do you feel like you could have an intolerance, allergy or sensitivity?

Things like chemicals, medication, food or drinks for example. Do you feel that your anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia, PTSD or OCD could be somehow linked to allergic reactions or sensitivities that weren't there before?

You are probably absolutely right! But doctors dismiss these claims by anxiety and panic attack sufferers as neurotic, hypochondriac or anxious.

I can tell you right now that over 50% of my clients who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks also suffer from sensitivities to many substances including medications, foods and chemicals, furthermore, I too experienced exactly the same reaction.

I went from being able to eat almost anything without any problems to being sensitive to wheat, dairy and potatoes. Food intolerance, allergy and sensitivities are linked with anxiety and panic attacks directly. Why?

When we suffer from anxiety disorders many bodily systems are affected. This alteration in the 'normal' operation of the body can cause a number of 'side issues' which can manifest themselves as intolerance, allergy and sensitivity to a whole range of substances such as foods, washing powders, deodorants, soaps and drinks.

Wine, for example, is a substance that most anxiety sufferers react badly to. Bread and potatoes often give rise to symptoms of intolerance such as digestive upset and bloating. In addition to these, I personally developed an allergy to certain washing powders and soaps… the list of allergens and the associated symptoms is too long to mention.

The body becomes nervously heightened during anxiety, this causes the body to be sensitized to what we put in it. This reaction can cause food, medication and chemical intolerances, sensitivities and allergies which just weren't present before you were anxious.

By addressing the anxiety directly and eliminating it at its root, you can become anxiety, panic attacks and intolerance free FACT.

Our clients find that as the body becomes rebalanced and digestive, nervous and other systems find their equilibrium, the sensitivities, allergies and intolerances settle back to normal.

The Linden Method pack includes a full section on this issue and will show you exactly what you need to do right now to achieve anxiety, panic attack, allergy, sensitivity and intolerance free life.

 
Charles Linden

Author of The Linden Method® and
CEO of The Linden Centers

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How to Tell if You Have Agoraphobia

 

It is contended that around 30% of people who have panic anxiety disorder could also develop agoraphobia.

Agoraphobia is a condition where the person suffers from panic attacks while in a situation that he or she feels is difficult to escape from. In other words, he or she could feel trapped.

Agoraphobia is usually described as the fear of outside spaces or of crowds.

One cannot just eliminate panic attacks, so if you suffer from attacks—and they usually occur in public places—then there is a big chance that you could be suffering from agoraphobia.

However, to be able to tell whether or not you do have this form of panic anxiety disorder, you have to know if you exhibit the following symptoms of agoraphobia:

  1. Feeling anxious around people;
  2. Feeling things are moving too fast;
  3. Having frequent anxiety or panic attacks;
  4. Fear of losing control;
  5. Attacks occurring in open spaces or closed/confined areas;
  6. Feeling trapped and helpless;
  7. Inability to step out of the house.

If you have all or just some of these symptoms, then you may have agoraphobia or are predisposed to it. 

It all starts with a panic attack while you are out in public or are in a confined space like an elevator.

Most of the time, people who have agoraphobia associate their panic attacks with the area where these occur the first couple of times.

So, if you had an anxiety attack while you were watching a concert, where there are a lot of people and a lot of noise, then you might find yourself avoiding concerts. And soon enough, you would totally avoid places where there are lots of people and noise.

The panic attacks are normal if you have panic anxiety disorder. However, they may terrify, humiliate or embarrass you that they may cause you to shy away from the world.

If you can’t eliminate panic attacks soon, you would not want to go out unless you had someone with you or you just opt to stay at home.

Time can pass and you would realize that you have become a prisoner of agoraphobia.

But a prisoner you are not. If your jailer happens to be yourself, then you CAN free yourself.

Eliminate panic attacks and overcome agoraphobia by yourself by learning all you can about panic attacks.

There are many self-help methods that will help you fight panic anxiety disorder. They come in the form of self-help programs or products that you can use on your free time, and more importantly, in the privacy and safety of your own home.

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Dealing with Anticipatory Attacks

 

Having panic anxiety disorder leaves you predisposed to panic attacks that you do not know when or where the next anxiety attack will strike.

As if this was not bad enough, people with panic anxiety disorder may also experience changes in their behavior and sink into depression. These changes can last a month or more depending on the sufferer.

Studies have shown that depression and other behavioral changes are mostly driven by the fear of having another anxiety attack.

By anticipating a panic attack to hit, the person suffering from panic anxiety disorder would unwittingly be working himself to have anticipatory attacks.

Anticipatory attacks occur when the sufferer worries so much about having another panic attack that he gets so stressed that he triggers a real attack.

A cycle would then be established with the person afflicted with panic anxiety disorder firmly trapped in it.

A step towards breaking this cycle is to identify the real attack from the anticipatory one.

To do this, one has to understand the symptoms of a panic attack. A panic attack usually manifests itself through shortness of breath, chest pains, numbness and tingling sensations, among others.

Unfortunately for the panic anxiety disorder sufferer, these very manifestations are the same with those of a more serious medical condition, like a heart attack.

Since nobody wants to die, the thought of having a heart attack and dying very soon after would be very terrifying. No one can be blamed if they panicked when experiencing these symptoms.

Thus, the person with panic anxiety disorder, when having a panic attack, mistakes it for a heart attack. This serves to aggravate the panic attack, making it more intense and lasting longer.

The fear of dying may also be so strong that spending hours and hours worrying and stressing about having another attack leads to an anticipatory attack. This cycle can go on and on that the sufferer may become depressed.

There must be intervention in order for panic anxiety disorder sufferers to get relief from, and hopefully overcome panic attacks.

However, sufferers can help themselves, too. By simply understanding the role stress and fear play in producing panic attacks, they can control the occurrence of anticipatory attacks and drastically lower the frequency of real attacks.

Panic anxiety disorder sufferers need not feel confused and helpless. Understanding the real cause of panic attacks by reading everything they can about the topic, like self-help books and informative articles can go a long way in helping them overcome their disorder for good.

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Xanax Alternatives to Counter Effects of Stress

Frequently when an individual is suffering from side effects of stress such as anxiety and panic attacks, a medical professional will prescribe Xanax or a similar medication. The goal is to counteract the effects of stress and "take the edge off." Unfortunately, if you aren't focusing on the definition of the stress and its causes, you are not really solving the problem.

What are some alternatives to Xanax that DO address the problem?

  1. Reducing Stress: Identify where the stress is coming from, and if possible look to eliminate it. Weigh the effects of stress on your life against the necessity of the stressor. For example: if your job is stressful, it may be impractical to eliminate it from your life. However, there are ways to counteract the effects of stress from your job without using Xanax or prescription medications.
  2. Finding Balance: Continuing with the example from above, it may help your job be less stressful if you are able to set boundaries and strike a work/life balance. The same is true for many other stressors. While you may not be able to completely eliminate them from your life, you can manage to reduce or balance them with other things that you enjoy.
  3. Relaxation Techniques: Using meditation, breathing techniques, massage, aromatherapy and many other methods, people are able to lessen the effects of stress on their lives naturally, without the assistance of Xanax or other prescription medications.
  4. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: In many cases, the definition of stress is dependent upon an individual's state of mind. Getting the correct amount of sleep, regular exercise and a balanced diet can improve mental health by leaps and bounds. This allows an individual a significant advantage in managing the effects of stress, and is more successful in the long-term than prescription medications like Xanax.

In many situations, people suffering from effects of stress are looking for a "quick-fix" and they turn to Xanax or other prescription medications as a short term solution. Unfortunately, if they aren't focusing on the long term problem and the root of their stress, they will continue to be plagued by stress and anxiety. Xanax may help individuals mask the symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks, the drug alone is unable to provide a long term cure.

The only way to truly be free of the effects of stress like panic attacks and anxiety is to identify where the stress is coming from and learn to manage it as outlined above. 

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Having a Panic Attack: What You Can Do Now To Stop It

Having a panic attack can happen to anyone. Celebrities and ordinary folks alike can have panic attacks. These attacks are often irrational fears in response to, but likely not, related to a situation or stress. Panic attacks can feel like you are having a heart attack and are not something to take lightly.

A panic attack can happen once or it can happen again and again without one’s realization of what brought it on. Knowing the natural treatment for panic attacks would help.  

Panic attacks may be from mild to severe. Palpitations, tremors, shortness of breath even chest pain are examples of anxiety attacks.

A panic attack or anxiety attack as they are also known can bring on isolation with other people. Many of these physical and emotional symptoms are tied up with an anxiety attack, but the main symptom is extreme fear. The most intense of these anxiety attacks can last up to 30 minutes and in some rare cases have lasted for hours.  

People who experience anxiety attacks especially when they are in strange environments away from their homes can be challenging.

To help stem these anxiety attacks, a person needs to change to a positive outlook in life. Exercise, eating a balanced diet and maintaining clean surroundings in the home can be another way of eliminating anxiety attacks.

Music is good therapy and proven through the ages because listening to music while relaxing at home or while doing household chores can be helpful.

Gardening or knitting can divert the mind from unhealthy thoughts and stop onsets of anxiety attacks.

Whatever is the person’s choice of natural treatment for panic attacks, he can overcome anxiety attacks with the right choices and facing life head-on.

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