What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a condition(s) of excessive and persistent nervousness, worrying, fear, irritability, and sleep disturbances. It is often accompanied by sweating, palpitations, chest pain, fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath, and muscle tension. (Gaby, 2011)

What are anxiety disorders?

American Psychiatric Association

Different types of anxiety disorders: How are they classified?

Medical standard of care

The medical approach for anxiety involves psychological and pharmacological treatments. This approach does not consider or address nutritional and environmental contributors to anxiety.

Medical standard of care for anxiety (Katzman et al., 2014):

  • screen for anxiety and related symptoms
  • conduct differential diagnosis (consider severity, impairment, and comorbidity)
  • identify specific anxiety or related disorder
  • provide psychological and/or pharmacological treatment
  • perform follow-up

Typical medications used to treat anxiety include benzodiazepines and antidepressant selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). (Melinda 2020)

Medications for anxiety

Anxiety disorders and treatments

National Institute of Mental Health  (09.26.2020)

Why consider an orthomolecular approach?

Anxiety has numerous biological causes and contributors that have been identified through nutritional research and clinical practice. Each individual may experience anxiety symptoms for different reasons.

An orthomolecular approach:

  • identifies the drivers and causes of anxiety and focuses on understanding them
  • works WITH the body to restore balance and normal function, and considers the person with the condition vs. just the condition
  • addresses nutrient depletions that promote anxiety whereas medications do not
  • can be done SAFELY in conjunction with most medical interventions

Gaby AR. (2011) Nutritional Medicine. Alan R. Gaby, VitalBook file.

Katzman MA, Bleau P, Blier P, Chokka P, Kjernisted K, Van Ameringen M & the Canadian Anxiety Guidelines Initiative Group on behalf of the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada/ Association Canadienne des troubles anxieux and McGill University. (2014) Canadian clinical practice guidelines for the management of anxiety, posttraumatic stress and obsessive- compulsive disorders. BMC Psychiatry, 14(1), S1.