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Help with anxiety

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jan 30, 2011

[posted by a reader]

I am going through some major problems in my life right now, out of my control.  I am suffering from major anxiety and I am having panic attacks.  I am tempted to start medication because I need a quick fix, something like Xanax to take the edge off.  This is very uncharacteristic of me because I never use medication and follow GSG, but I am desperate right now.  One of the sad things is, is that it will be cheaper to get medication.  I need help.  The only time I have felt free of my anxiety is when I eat 100% raw food, but I have a very hard time keeping it up.  Any suggestions?

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Nurturing your adrenal glands is KEY. I used to have panic attacks when I was in my early 30’s and like you, the cure was in getting completely off sugar and eating mostly raw plant foods. Medication will be a crutch, as you probably know–doesn’t solve the problem. You can also consult an herbologist about support for the adrenals, to counteract your stress (sometimes an adrenal support formula is available at your health food store?). My guess is that you will get some specific suggestion here, from those who know their herbs. Good luck to you, hang in there. Take some kava kava in water a couple of times a day, too.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Have you tried exercise? I was able to go off of big meds after I started getting regular exercise. It took a couple of months, but I felt so much better. I got off the exercise habit over this past summer with my kids home and started feeling depressed/stressed out again. Getting back to moving regularly has made another marked improvement on my outlook.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been taking L-Theanine and doing Bach Flower, Rescue Remedy. It helps some. I do exercise a lot. I’ve been on other herbs and supplements for the last year, spending over $2000 and haven’t had any relief. Maybe I need something else in the natural way that I’m not finding. I need to look into Kava Kava.

    Thank you!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I, too, experienced knarley anxiety attacks– for me it was pregnancy and post-partum related. Anyhow, it is NO fun! And feels very scary and like noone truly understands your suffering.

    A couple things: after resisting (due to expense) I ultimately was greatly helped by EFT (also known as “tapping”). I recommend finding someone who has a lot of experience and can cite you referrals of those helped with specifically anxiety issues.

    Secondly, I would utilize an amazing technique that I actually learned from a Practitioner who does this Tapping techniques. He does this before every successful treatment, and I would often use this trick alone to ward off an attack when I would feel that humming of it coming on. It’s called “Balanced Breathing” and, as I said, most often could get me out of an anxiety jam. Google “Balanced Breathing” & Dr. George Pratt, and I believe he has a link to a video of him doing the technique. Don’t underestimate the power of 2 minutes of this simple technique. I pray and hope that you find relief. I was encouraged to do the meds thing when I was in the thick of it, and was just so grateful to find these things that helped me instead. When you seek… So shall you find. I know you will find the right thing for you. Good luck!

  5. Those are some great suggestions listed above. I will also add consuming high quality sea veggies such as nori and dulse to help your adrenals. Also a high quality salt will help them as well.

    Next recommendation is using Young Living Essential oils. Our sense of smell is our strongest sense linked to our emotions. They have some amazing blends that can provide you with real results.

    Instead of trying to run away from your anxiety, or get rid of it, face it. I recommend using the chart on this webpage about Emotional alchemy: http://www.newearthcenter.com/emotional-alchemy-with-essential-oils.html

    What you are truly seeking is simply awaiting your discovery.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      And, one more suggestion (it’s how I got through my divorce, #1 answer):


  6. Anonymous says:

    I left a post but now it is not here. Did I do something incorrectly?

    Thank you.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’ve heard people say that when your adrenals are horrible that you should only exercise less than 45 minutes because of cortisol levels. What do you think?

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Meghan, you’d have to show me the evidence. Also, there’s exercise and there’s exercise. If the exercise is pushing your body too hard and it’s stressful mentally/physically, I’d agree that may not be the greatest idea. If you’re skiing or playing tennis or cycling (the things I do for the LOVE of it, not the cardio or stretching or resistance training), things that aren’t stressful, then I disagree. Going for a walk with a friend? A cortisol-reducing activity! Running 10 miles? Could be pushing too far.

  8. I would highly recommend Dr F Batmanghelidj’s (not sure spelling is right!) books, especially “Cancer Obesity and Depression, Their Natural Cause and Common Cure” – he has written 5 other books about water and salt balance in the human body as well, but I think that this one is the clearest about the role of salt and water in the cells. This method has cured me of lifelong constipation, sinusitis, catarrh, and allergies so severe that I sneezed 600 to 1000 times per day – and yes, I did type that correctly! It cured my brother of life-threatening asthma that he’d had for 24 years, and the cure took only 16 days. It cured a neighbour of terrible back pain, and the daughter of a friend of exzema that she had on 90% of her body – and it only took 3 days to do it. Another friend was cured of panic attacks, high blood pressure and fear of going out of her house in just 1 day. Well worth investigating. I wish you all the best – this water and salt technique should be known by everyone. Robyn, I often add 1/8th tsp of sea salt or rock salt to my green smoothies, by the way. Robyn, please could you get in touch with the lady who wrote the original comment and pass this on to her? Thank you.

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