Anxiety and Chemical Imbalance.....

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 10/29/2007 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
confused  I was just wondering if once you start on a path of anxiety if it can be caused by to much of a certain chemical overproducing in the brain or is it just underlying thoughts or issues that you are not aware.
It seems to me tht even though there seems to be nothing to worry about.  It seems to me that I wake up with an anxiety attack and am lucky, that there are no health issues that are causing it.  Could it be that after awhile you brain gets conditioned and a chemcial gets over released that can cause this?
I just turned 55 today and cannot imagine spending the rest of my life waking up like this,  I am on Xanas right now and see a therapist and she advises that once we get to the root of this issue, I may stop having these anxiety attacks.  For a while, I woke up without them, but now they are coming back again.  As the day passes, they go away and I feel normal, however, I dread mornings as I know they are going to be there.  It is great when you get up without one.
Well, sorry about the ranting, but I was just wondering if anyone else out there as been here and what they did or didn't do to have them stop.
Thanks all.

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   Posted 10/29/2007 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there,

To try to answer your question, we’ve heard a lot about “chemical imbalance” as the cause of emotional distress and disturbances. Researchers have spent decades trying to get to the bottom of what causes common disorders such as anxiety, depression and OCD.  There is the group that believe that some form of chemical imbalance is involved in some way. While the exact link between chemical imbalance and emotional disorders has not been found, clinical studies and medical observations have been able to identify a number of chemical inconsistencies that occur in individuals who report experiencing symptoms related to these disorders.

Now there is research that says recent studies have  shown that anxiety and most forms of depression are cognitively based, not biologically based. This is especially relevant to the industry, because this new information suggests it’s time to implement a change in the forms of therapy provided to people with anxiety disorder.

So who to believe................I do not know.  I just wish someone would get it right but I do believe that how you look at life issues and your response can be  changed through therapy.

The answer may be both studies are true.

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