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When Anxiety Hits.... The Adrenal Connection
Anxiety, Panic attacks, Depression, General Anxiety Disorder or GAD often accompany OCD. If you understand the cause it is easy to see why.
There are glands which sit on top of each of your kidneys called adrenal glands. During times of stress, these glands go into a primitive survival mode. They produce adrenaline to help you fight or flee from the stressor. However, most of our stressors today are not something like a bear, that we can fight or run away from to protect our lives, rather they are bosses,co-workers, teenagers, spouses, bill collectors etc.
Instead of the adrenaline going to the muscles where it is used up and discarded by the body, the adrenaline dwells within the body, often attacking the coating of the nerves (aka myelin sheathing).
If this process happens long or often enough, the myelin becomes very thin and the adrenals tend to stay in continuous defense mode. therefore every little stressor can cause the feeling of extreme panic or anxiety.
There are other factors to consider....
Avoiding STRESS and the above insults to the adrenals are necessary, but there are other avenues which can help.
When under prolonged anxiety and stress, the adrenals can become burnt out, often causing depression and fatigue. Mood Elevator is probably my very favorite nutrionally supportive combination for the adrenals.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder and anxiety attacks takes a while to go away when nourishing the myelin and adrenals, but it is the only permament solution of which I am aware and definitely worth it.