For the beginner searching for answers related to changes in mood, this book is a great place to start. Emphasis is on nutritional means to help alleviate feelings of anxiety and panic for those who experience them. The author is a nurse who reviews neurotransmitters in the brain as well and how things pull together systemically to create different moods and ANS responses. That being said the book is a bit outdated and I hope this author will write a sequel as MTHFR mutations are in the vocabulary of many now, and certainly play a role here! They were not mentioned but they should be now. Absorption of nutrients is hindered and B vitamins may not be getting into the cells, so for some, no matter what FOOD you choose, there is a lot of other healing to do to complete those methylation pathways. The author does not really mention testing like the NutrEval (Genova Diagnostics) and others. Treatment needs to be a layer by layer process. I can speak personally about this. Also, the “label” of anxiety (in general) I feel is over used. KNOW your real body signals. Just because you feel warm doesn’t mean you are panicking. Some people don’t regulate body temperature well. Some people have fight or flight because of cortisol issues in their system. Many patients who experience chronic illness also become overly sensitive/aware of what “could” happen i.e.) sudden episodes of tachycardia not related to panic attacks but also blood pressure drops (POTS). Anticipated “anxiety” or worry something might happen when out at the Mall, for example, is not
agoraphobia, rather it’s just concern of being uncomfortable in public. A good integrative Dr will treat the symptoms without a label and not tell a
patient they are “just anxious or just having a panic attack.” Know yourself, and really communicate well with your doctor. Don’t allow meds to dominate treatment without really delving into the reasons why. There are good resources here, but like I said research and genetic studies have come very far since 2011.