Nutritional Resolution of Anxiety
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is officially characterized by the following:
A. Excessive anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation), occurring more days than not for at least 6 months, about a number of events or activities (such as work or school performance).
B. The person finds it difficult to control the worry.
C. The anxiety and worry are associated with three (or more) of the following six symptoms (with at least some symptoms present for more days than not for the past 6 months). Note: Only one item is required in children.
(1) restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge
(2) being easily fatigued
(3) difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
(5) muscle tension
(6) sleep disturbance
D. The focus of the anxiety and worry is not confined to features of an Axis I disorder, and the anxiety and worry do not occur exclusively during Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
E. The anxiety, worry, or physical symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
F. The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance or a general medical condition.
Generalized anxiety disorder is traditionally thought to be a function of the neurotransmitter, GABA. It responds to GABA drugs such as minor tranquilizers and some patients report relief taking GABA precursors. Patients treated with properly balanced and optimized amino acid nutrient precursors of the serotonin-dopamine system experience relief of symptoms. It would appear that there is a greater control of GABA through the serotonin-dopamine system, but as of yet there is no chemical pathway defined. Over 90% of patients with one serotonin-dopamine related disease have 3 or more diseases present. It is rare to see only anxiety with no other neurotransmitter related disease present. With or without other diseases present the recommendation is to start all individuals suffering from anxiety on the a Neurotransmitter Replenishment protocol. For more information on the nutritional resolution of anxiety go to Anxiety Consults.
For scientific understanding of the nutritional resolution of anxiety go to: NeuroSupport.