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Panic Disorder Treatment: Diet

Overview

We live in an age of anxiety. Most of us suffer from a certain level of chronic anxiety because modern life is jagged, fast-paced, and divorced from the natural rhythms that tend to create a harmonious inner life. For some, this existential unease goes further and becomes a psychological disorder like depression or anxiety disorders like panic disorder.

What we consume has a direct physiological effect on us, and on our mental states as well. It is well known that consuming caffeine, for example, can produce both a jittery physiological effect, as well as mental clarity/focus. Therefore, if you are suffering from panic disorder or other anxiety disorders, it is worth your while to assess how your diet might be contributing to your condition, or how supplementing nutrients can help in the treatment of the condition.

In addition to the substances listed below, there are some dietary supplements that are sometimes reported to be helpful in the treatment of anxiety disorder, but for which scientific study has not been conducted.

Inositol is often prescribed for the treatment of panic attacks.

Flaxseed oil, which contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may also be helpful to calm anxiety though studies have not yet been done for it's use specifically for panic disorder.

Magnesium has been shown to help treat anxiety in one small study that used a combination of it plus the herbs California poppy and hawthorn. Study participants all suffered from generalized anxiety disorder of mild-to-moderate intensity. The results indicated that the combination treatment was more effective than placebo. No significant side effects were seen. This particular combination therapy is currently used in France.44

Treatments

Effect of Magnesium on Panic Disorder

How exactly magnesium might play a role in the management of anxiety and/or panic disorder is yet unknown, but making sure to have adequate levels of this and other key nutrients can only help treat...

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Effect of 5-Hydroxytryptophan on Panic Disorder

Tryptophan is a naturally occurring amino acid in certain foods. In the human body it acts as a precursor to serotonin, which is then converted in Melatonin. A substitute form of tryptophan, 5-HTP or...

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Effect of Melatonin on Panic Disorder

Since those with anxiety disorders like panic disorder sometimes have a hard time calming down enough to sleep, melatonin has been tried as a treatment for reducing anxiety.

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Effect of Nutritional Support (General) on Panic Disorder

Sometimes disorders or health challenges can be the result of a nutritional deficiency. Oftentimes, taking a multivitamin or multimineral can help supplement the diet and restore levels of assorted...

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Effect of Arginine on Panic Disorder

Classified as a semi-essential amino acid, Arginine when used in combination with Lysine might be useful for helping to treat the symptom of anxiety often present in panic disorder.

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Effect of Lysine on Panic Disorder

Though the mechanism of action is unknown, Lysine when used in combination with Arginine might be useful for helping treat anxiety of panic disorder.

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Effect of GABA on Panic Disorder

GABA is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter that is used within the brain to reduce the activity of certain nerve systems, including those related to anxiety typical of panic disorder. For this...

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Effect of Gamma Oryzanol on Panic Disorder

Though the specific mechanism of action is yet unknown, gamma oryzanol is sometimes thought to be useful for treating panic disorder (as well as generalized anxiety disorder).

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Effect of Selenium on Panic Disorder

Though the reason us unknown, selenium has been known to help calm anxiety in some people.

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References

  1. Hanus M, Lafon J, Mathieu M. Double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a fixed combination containing two plant extracts ( Crataegus oxyacantha and Eschscholtzia californica) and magnesium in mild-to-moderate anxiety disorders. Curr Med Res Opin. 2004;20:63-71.

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