Anxiety And Nervousness

What Causes Anxiety?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of anxiety we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow anxiety to develop?"

Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind anxiety consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to anxiety.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Low Serotonin
  • Cerebral Gland Dysfunction
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Caffeine Intoxication
  • Overtraining
  • Lack Of Sleep
  • Low Melatonin
  • Pyroluria

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
frequent racing thoughts
facial flushing
strong appetite
dark areas under eyes
frequent 'chills'
difficulty getting out of bed
frequent stools
often taking naps
vision disturbances
dark facial coloring
eyelid twitch
forgetting dreams
... and more than 80 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of anxiety:
Cause Probability Status
Cerebral Gland Dysfunction 99% Confirm
Overtraining 26% Unlikely
Low Serotonin 17% Unlikely
Lack Of Sleep 0% Ruled out
Low Melatonin 0% Ruled out
Caffeine Intoxication 0% Ruled out
Hyperthyroidism 0% Ruled out
Pyroluria 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Emotional Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about anxiety and nervousness:
Are you generally care-free, worried/anxious, or somewhere in between?
Possible responses:
→ Always care-free, no worries in life
→ Generally care-free, not many worries in life
→ Average I suppose / don't know
→ Generally worried/anxious
→ Always worried/anxious
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either being care-free or being anxious/nervous, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Depression or anxiety may occur as a result of the chronic pain and fatigue, or the frustration felt with this condition.  It is also possible that the same chemical imbalances in the brain that cause fibromyalgia also cause depression and anxiety.  Some 24% of patients suffer from anxiety.
Low Serotonin Level
Serotonin levels are often low among people with anxiety disorders.
Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency
Adrenal insufficiency can lead to a host of problems, including a weakened immune response, anxiety and panic attacks.
Magnesium Requirement
Magnesium deficiency causes increased levels of adrenaline, which can lead to a feeling of anxiety.
Pyroluria is a known biochemical marker for life long anxiety symptoms.  According to one alcoholism treatment center, one-third to one-half of alcoholics treated have this marker.  High levels of pyrrolles systematically bind to B6 and zinc, preventing the use of these nutrients in the body and brain.  The result is a myriad of symptoms, including severe inner tension, ongoing anxiety, poor stress control, fearfulness, and sometimes episodic anger.
... and also rule out issues such as:

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Emotional Symptoms