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):
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Overtraining
  • Low Progesterone
  • ADHD
  • Caffeine Intoxication
  • Cerebral Gland Dysfunction
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
very great unexplained weight loss
inability to work under pressure
vision disturbances
unsound sleep
arrhythmia
overtraining
front-of-head headaches
dizziness when standing up
tea consumption
cysts in breasts
high T3 free level
moderate unexplained weight gain
... and more than 90 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
Low Progesterone 91% Confirm
Hypoglycemia 14% Unlikely
Caffeine Intoxication 22% Unlikely
Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome 4% Ruled out
ADHD 0% Ruled out
Cerebral Gland Dysfunction 0% Ruled out
Hyperthyroidism 0% Ruled out
Overtraining 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 Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency

Adrenal insufficiency can lead to a host of problems, including a weakened immune response, anxiety and panic attacks.

Low Serotonin Level

Serotonin levels are often low among people with anxiety disorders.

Magnesium Requirement

Magnesium deficiency causes increased levels of adrenaline, which can lead to a feeling of anxiety.

Pyroluria

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: