Can anyone suggest foods that help ease anxiety? (sorry this is sooo long :} )

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StrongEnough
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   Posted 8/28/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Can anyone suggest foods that help ease anxiety and maybe list some that worsen it. I've had some panic problems since childhood, silly things like becoming overwhelmed at the thought of someone dying, which progressed to having an anxiety attack at the thought of not being able to get out of a room or location I didnt want to be in and even to panicking when the weather changed to something I didnt want it to be. I never let it get out of hand, and it never was constant or something that inhibited me to much (just didnt use elevators if at all possible and avoided situations where I knew I could not leave if I wanted, like trains for example). Eventually this got better and I was able to do and handle all the situations I used to panic from. I considered myself 'cured' and few people other than very close friends and family ever even knew I had any issues to begin with. Then I went to the doctor for a regular check up and mentioned I was having a little depression and sometimes felt anguished. It wasnt anything unbearable but he suggested Celexa and I figured why not. At this point I hadnt had a panic attack in several years and the thought that I might have an issue with that didnt even cross my mind. I took the Celexa before bed and was excited thinking I'd be feeling more balanced soon, even though looking back I dont think I was really imbalanced at that point at all. That night I woke up very dizzy and uncomfortable I got a very strong urge to get up and try and 'shake it off' I walked to the bathroom and put some water on my face, everything was blurry because I had just woken up but I had a sudden and intense rush of fear that something was horribly wrong. I began screaming for my husband and he thought I had fallen or something was really wrong, when I told him I was terrified and something bad was happening but I didnt know what, he tried calming me down and it worked for a while and he went back to bed. I laid still for a little while terrified and trying to understand what had just happened, when it hit me again, I could feel the adrenaline starting in my chest and washing over me, going through my arms and I'd never felt so scared in my life, this went on all night long. I finally got myself together and read the side effects on the medicine and realized it was Panic attacks (I'd never had a panic attack that intense in my life), I also got diarrhea and vomiting. I called my doctor and he told me I had reacted to too much serotonin in my system and to stop using the medicine right away. I did and that day I was a little jumpy but was sure that as soon as the medicine was out of my system Id be back to normal, I even laughed about it. I was fine the next night, but the night after that right before bed I got a very short lived but sudden jolt of fear. I told myself it was because the meds were still in my system, I went on with life and about 2 nights later I could not sleep from the anxiety again. It progressively got worse to the point where I was sure I was going crazy and was going to end up institutionalized or in jail for doing something crazy while in 'this state'. I spent a full week with diarrhea and vomiting and unable to eat or get out out of bed for more than a few hours. I think that was because I was due to fly that Friday and I was nervous, but it felt like the anxiety was coming from nowhere and for no reason. Once I landed from the flight I felt  much better, but the anxiety attacks continued in varying intensity and it has been 2 months since I took that medicine and all this started. I dont blame the medicine for anything but the initial panic attacks, I think my fear of that event made me get worse and worse and I already had a predisposition to panic so thats how I got this way. I feel like Im getting better with only having panic attacks about once or twice every 3 days and I feel pretty much normal during the in between periods, my doc gave me some ativan incase I get real bad off again , but so far I havnt needed it. I think I would do alot better if I could get the right kind of foods in my system. I have cut out all caffeine or stimulants and that has helped me be calm when I am not having an actual attack, but I was hoping someone could tell me of some foods that have helped them. Also I am thinking about getting into running so that I can focus on something other than my anxiety, but I have heard that to much exercise makes anxiety worse, is this true? Anyway if anyone has any wisdom regarding this I'd love to hear it. Sorry about the length of this, started off just wanting to ask a question and kinda ended up typing up my life story, lol. :)

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   Posted 8/28/2009 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I really don't know of foods that help fight anxiety, but I do know that you should avoid caffiene if you have anxiety problems. Sorry not more help.

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nanas4
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   Posted 8/29/2009 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
i have been told by my md that no caffeine or true sugars. and that a diet high in protien and complex carbs are good. there is a place on line that talks about diets for anxiety and panic but i cant remember where i saw it just try to look up anxiety and diet see what comes up.

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   Posted 8/30/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Going more organic with tons of veggies/fruits + water has done wonders for me along with herbal/vitamin supplements. Cutting way back on caffeine, sugars, alchohol, nicotine, etc. will help you on your path as well. Plus a little exercise everyday to get the good chemicals coursing through your body will help you out a lot :)

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ZuluT
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   Posted 10/5/2009 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
In my case, giving up caffeine (well, switching to decaf) was what I needed to really get a grip on my panic and anxiety issues. That, and a low dose of clonazepam.

Once I had tapered off the clonazepam, I discovered that by virtually eliminating caffeine from my diet, my panic attacks were pretty much eliminated too.

It's been almost three years since I ditched the tranquilizer and the caffeine and my panic problem is more or less in remission.

Do I still get the occasional attack? Of course. But they are far, far fewer in number than they once were and much easier to deal with when they do occur, thanks to a course of Cognitive-behavioural Therapy (CBT). I've actually gotten to the point now where I can sense when a panic attack is starting and pretty much head it off before it goes into a full-blown state.

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   Posted 10/5/2009 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 10/5/2009 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   

Im allergic to caffeine, so avoiding it is easy- you adapt. I eat a low fat diet as grease and fat make me feel queasy and nauseous and I avoid all stimulants including guarana and ginseng, ginko bilboa etc.

Raw food is good too.

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   Posted 10/5/2009 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Like the rest i avoid caffeine...also at night i have a hot milk with a dopple of cinnamon on it this activates chemicals in milk to calm me down n i sleep very well....do not add choc or it defeats the purpose...just my halj cents worth lol.....good luck n let us know how u are doin..........lyn
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   Posted 10/5/2009 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know anything specific that can help prevent panic attacks, but I can tell you what can bring them on for me, at least. Sugar, and anything with flour in it. i made ahelathy nutricuous carrot cake, with lots of wheat flour, hemp flour, oat flour, etc... because my husband needs more fiber. Well sure enough, I ended up with panic attacks an hour after eating it.
I tried this again, after eating a sandwich or even pasta. ... same thing.
I can't eat a candy bar, same thing happens.
 
So, I know sugar, flour and caffeine has made it all worse, and will continue to do so..
I don't know if it's a blood sugar issue, or if it's a seperate issue... but I know that it does make them worse.

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   Posted 10/5/2009 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
christinakm said...
. i made ahelathy nutricuous carrot cake, with lots of wheat flour, hemp flour, oat flour, etc... because my husband needs more fiber.
Excuse my ignorance, but does Hemp flour have any *side* effects?
 
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