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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Anxiety is the experience one has when the body and mind are reacting to safe conditions as if a threat to survival were present. Anxiety is mediated through the central portion of the adrenal gland which manufactures adrenalin. Adrenalin (also called norepinephrine) is the famous fight or flight hormone. Its job is to power up your body with strength and energy sufficient to allow you to respond successfully to a dangerous situation. If this hormone is secreted inappropriately it results in an anxiety disorder.

If adrenalin is slowly, continuously over-manufactured the result is chronic anxiety. If it is suddenly made in very large quantities we call this a "panic attack." If these conditions persist we call them "generalized anxiety disorder" and "panic disorder." A panic attack is usually accompanied by shortness of breath, dizziness or faintness, increased heart rate, trembling and shaking, hot or cold flushes, and a sense of detachment. Other common symptoms include fear of dying or fear of going crazy, and the fear of losing control.

Because panic attacks sometimes occur in public many people who suffer from this disorder become phobic of being in public places (called "agoraphobia"). These people avoid travel and stay close to home. They develop the "What ifs." "What if I loose my job?" "What if my son dies in a car accident." "What if I can't pay my bills?" These people become fixated on the "What ifs" and cannot dismiss them from their thoughts. This is a condition of "generalized" or "free floating" anxiety.

The social anxiety disorder occurs when anxiety pervades ones relationship with others to the degree of disrupting relationships. The person with this condition fears the judgments of others so much that he avoids contact with other people. These folks can recall being shy as children. They want to fit in, but when it comes to social situations they freeze up.

It is also possible that people with current generalized anxiety symptoms have experienced panic attacks in the past, become agoraphobic, and begin to exhibit symptoms typical of generalized anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, without treatment, they continue to remain restricted in their lives and fear or dislike going too far away from home.

The post-traumatic stress disorder is present in many people who have been through traumatic life experiences such as physical attack, murder attempt, war, rape, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or living through natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, etc.

Clearly most people who have these problems will need some form of counseling to make a full recovery. Also, there are certain attendant vitamin/mineral imbalances which, when corrected, make recovery from these disorders much easier. Doctors who practice nutritional medicine are familiar with these imbalances. There may be also contributing disorders such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, hypertension, yeast syndrome, heavy metal toxicity, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypoglycemia, and Wilson's syndrome, which contribute to these disorders. If these are diagnosed and treated, recovery is made far easier.

The approach used in homeopathy is to attempt to restore the balance of the system using dilute solutions of natural substances specific to the disorder.



The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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