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 Progesterone
- Lack Of Sleep
- Mercury Toxicity
- Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome
- Epstein-Barr Virus
- Low Melatonin
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
bulging eyes from hyperthyroidism
moderate alcohol consumption
difficulty getting out of bed
jaw lymph node problems
regular sore throats
lighter/paler skin color
difficulty conceiving children
severe fatigue after slight exertion
irritability related to cycle
severe mercury toxicity
... and more than 130 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:
|Lack Of Sleep
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
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?
→ 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.
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 pyrroles 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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