Many doctors have said that I have anxiety and that I should get on a Phychiatric Anti-Depressant. I've heard that they're horrible!
Every day I think it's going to be my last. These episodes have been freaking me out, and all this pain has been horrible.
I know that a lot of people on here dissagree w/herbs, but it's a lot better than Psych drugs.
I need to do more research, but last night I bought some St. Johns Wort, Valerian Root and some Chamomile. Also I'm taking a 1/4 niacin=25mg because even with 1/4 I get a hot/burning reaction.
I also have been taking some warm showers and scrubbing hard to get my blood flowing and seems to help to relax.
Any recommendations!??!?!?! Thanks!
Nice! I've had horrible IBS for 20 years since I was around 6 years old. The docs mentioned Psyllium Husk also, but I thought I wouldn't need it since I'm mainly eating all fruits and veg.
Candida and psyllium are connected with anxiety issues? I feel like we are getting somewhere :)
A messed up gut is basically a compromised immune system. (as the immune system is mostly housed in the gut) The reason I bring it up, is you mentioned candida.
Candida is systemic yeast in the body. It affects the brain, organs, and usually starts as an opportunistic infection in the stomach/intestines. It creates roots in holes caused by .. well, it could be caused by too much antibiotics, heavy metals like mercury fillings in your mouth, medications that damage the stomach, ulcers, etc.
The brain and the stomach are extremely connected. If you have a happy belly, you have a happy mind. (generally, that is)
The key, imo, is to the keep candida (overgrowth of yeast) in balance. Imo, the best way to do this, is 80/10/10 (though I'm just beginning w/ the diet.) But I've seen INcredible improvement.. I'm talking 90% just within 5 days of me being on this diet. I struggle w/ candida..
I don't know why I mentioned psyllium. It's a great thing for bloating/constipation. (which many candida sufferers have).
Okay - IBS?
First thing, try and not eat gluten.
I'm telling you, gluten, and dairy will screw you up. If you have a messed up gut, and the other issues as well, I would recommend just trying to completely abstain for gluten and then dairy (if you can't give them up together) and see how you feel.
A family member is going through this right now and he is so so so much better after finally kicking dairy to the curb. (has been gluten free for quite some time and it helps his anxiety/depression immensely) But now that he's cut dairy, it's incredible. He used to eat butter and ice cream CONstantly. (indicating the addiction..) But feels awesome and has also been eating lots of fruit and fruit smoothies. It helps him so much. He also does take vit. B supplementation (he's not full 80/10/10 currently).
If you need to eat bread (I don't know if you're full 80/10/10) Udi's is good.
If you HAVE to have cooked tacos - corn, not flour tortillas. If you need websites/gf products/recipes, let me know.
Obviously, I believe 80/10/10 is the ultimate fix, but as you're transitioning, it's very necessary to know your potential issues w/ gluten/casein as they can be extremely addicting to some.
You will likely go through some detox if you give them up. (assuming you're eating them)
That's why you would need to decide if you want to try staying away from one or both at the same time.
Our family's detox was pretty much 2-3 days just feelin' crappy, but ours was 'dealable.'
Also, you can read Elizabeth Hasselbeck's book, too, if you're interested. http://www.gfreediet.com/She had terrible gut issues and it turned out it was celiac's (severe intolerance and autoimmune issues from gluten. (I believe all celiac and most food intolerances are just heavy metal toxicity in disguise, though I could be wrong.)
Oh, and also regarding gluten intolerance, .. in my experience I've seen some people have major autoimmune problems w/ it and for others, major depression/anxiety issues from it.
Hope this helps..
Totally true about an upset stomache conneccted with the brain. It started with stomache aches and migraines. I try to eat mostly fruit and veg. I'll have beans/grains and stuff. I don't eat dairy or meat anymore, I used to eat a high protein/low carb diet.
So no dairy, but have been eating some Gluten, so I'll Google that and cross that out :)
Thanks so much! I've heard about Gluten being bad, so I just ate more rice pasta instead of wheat, but I'll cross out the oats also :)
I used to have really bad depression. I was medicated too but the medication didn't work for me. Here's what helped me.
-Eckhart Tolle helped me so much! New Earth really helped put things in perspective for me. Helped me stay 'present in the now.'
-Bikram Yoga (or Kundalini Yoga). I found BIkram yoga helped me so much, especially with anxiety. It was my medicine for a long long time. Kundalini is also great too, but I find that the physical challenges with Bikram really helped me get over any mental issues I was having. I also learned a lot through my practice. I used to not be able to go more than 3 days without practicing! Life saver.
-Drinking enough water! I feel like utter crud without water. Peeing clear == feeling and thinking clear!
-Going Vegan.. seriously.. I was vegetarian for a good three years, but finally cutting out all that dairy helped me so, so so sooo much better. Especially when dairy is linked with sugar.. that was a trigger food for me that made me feel really depressed.
-Not drinking alcohol or smoking marijuana-- Yeah I used weed to self medicate for a long, long time. Glad I'm off that now. I feel much better. I haven't had a drink in almost 16 months-- I feel awesome!
-Surrounding myself with only good people-- No more toxic relationships! Only with healthy, happy and positive people.
- Last but not least.. are you getting enough exercise? I mean real, tough exercise. The kind that makes your chest hurt and you feel like you want to barf and you are covered in sweat. That kind of exercise is a cure. Also good are long hikes, spin classes, jogging etc etc. Especially if you are young it's a great way to burn off energy. All your anxiety could be coming from having all this energy that isn't being expended. You have to use it by doing something really active and you will feel a lot calmer. A fit body == a fit mind.
-Also animals help me a lot :) My dog and cat bring me a lot of joy.
Practicing by being in the present is definately something I would love to work on. Like focusing on just one thing and not letting other things distract me. No more toxic reltionships! hahaha! Yea! It's been rough to hang out with the people I want to hang out with because I'm really into being active.
The excercise is the important one, I feel better when I'm moving around all day, but I haven't been able to, so it even causes more stress on me 'cuz I'm usually extremely active.
I love animals too! :) I love how excercise feels when I'm done! :)
Datiger, sometimes depression comes from too much thinking of what's going on around us. I have been there for a month and it was not nice. My girlfriend talked to me and I would answer gibberish. No connection with reality. I was talked out of this and now I realise that it was not me who over-thinked about stuff. It's just that our world is a big mess and some of us are more sensitive. It's a matter of how you perceive things around you, it always has been with humanity. Different times, different views of the world.
You just need a different view of the world and a more natural lifestyle, even if you have to turn everything upside down to do this.
Datiger, you have received lots and lots of great tips here. I just want to add my voice. I have suffered from depression and mainly anxiety (severe panic attacks) all my life. Meds work for me and have saved my life a few times. I have tried to get off them many times without much success. Two years ago, I found the 811 diet and I did it almost to a T for 5 months, then fell off, went back... Anyways, in the fall 2011, I had all my amalgam fillings removed and moved to Costa Rica for the winter, and followed a strict 811 diet (with a few slips). I am now off my thyroid med and almost off my anxiety med with NO symptoms of anxiety or depression so far... I have some 5-HTP in case things get out of hand (it is really good to ease the weaning symptoms). I second the use of 5-HTP in extreme case (if you feel suicidal) instead of going for drugs, but if you feel like you can stick to the 811 plan (check you b-12 and get plenty of sun and sleep, of course), I feel confident that our bodies will heal themselves. Keep us posted!
Catherine, Thanks sooo much! I guess I'll definitely be checking out the 5-htp. Do you know much about Valerian root? I've been thinking that our bodies should heal itself too, I just don't know how my body gets stressed so hard, to where I get episodes and can't move my body, it's just seems crazy that it's only stress related.
You're welcome Datiger. We are in the same boat and I really want to be anxiety-free forever. I never took Valerian. A naturopath made a mix of valerian root, passiflora and something else for me to drink as a tea, but I never used it. Any other opinions on valerian for panic attacks? Have you ever used Bach flower's Rescue Remedy? I know many anxious people have reported that it helped them tremendously during a panic attack.
Honestly, I haven't done much since I tried convincing myself that I had a physical problem not a mental problem. It's still hard for me to feel that it's only mental.
I can't wait until I'm extremely happy again, I litterally lost all hope in getting better, but I can't live like this. Anyways, I'm trying to be more in charge of the situation and try not to just give up and at the same time not stress about it.
Nah, I didn't ever try the Bach flower's, I'll Google it.
I feel like just jumping in a cold pool or get punched in the face, so my body snaps out of it lol.
Datiger, as Anthony explained very well, it is NOT only a mental problem. A lot of it is physical from years and years of abusing our bodies. It is not a matter of willpower as many would like us to believe. You cannot just convince yourself to snap out of it. You are not depressed because you are weak. You are sick. Just like a diabetic is sick. Yes there is things you can do to help the psychological aspect of it, but mostly, it is just a matter of letting your body do its job by eating a clean diet and see it heal itself (and your brain by the same token).
True. Also, people often aren't depressed because of negative emotions, but lack of positive emotions. It's the neutrality that kills them, the not being able to feel well although there are plenty of reasons to do so.
Eating well is one thing that makes you feel better, and it sets the tone for the whole day.