THE INTEGRATIVE TREATMENT OF ANXIETY

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DIETARY CHANGES
– avoid caffeine which raises serum epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol
– can lead to nervousness in “normal” individuals
– can lead to panic and GAD in predisposed individuals
– avoid foods with high glycemic index (GI) ratings
– associated with GAD
– diet rich in Tryptophan
– deficiencies lead to decreased serotonin
– GAD & panic predisposed individuals report heightened ANX symptoms in depleted diets

(Note: medical advice is always recommended before embarking upon substantive change)
Source: PSYCHIATRY GRAND ROUNDS VIDEOCAST – THE INTEGRATIVE TREATMENT OF ANXIETY – 29/4/2009

– integrative medicine (IM) uses conventional and non-conventional treatments [attends to a physiological, psychological, & spiritual approach to medicine]
– IM is not another name for alternative [outside Western approaches] or complementary medicine [mainstream medical theory-based approach, bit not mainstream for social/political reasons]
– conventional is a disease-centred approach
– non-conventional is individualised treatment planning based on well-being
– IM is MDT (Multi-Disciplinary Team)

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