Our diet has a direct effect on our immune system and thus makes a significant contribution to our health. If your blood sugar levels fluctuate because you are not eating well, you may experience sleep disturbances, imbalances, fatigue, and pain. Therefore, eat light meals to make you feel lighter and cleanse your body of harmful substances. This also includes a lot to drink (but no alcohol). Recommended are tea (no green or black tea, but herbal tea, fruit tea, lavender or lemon balm tea), fruit juice and still water (because carbon dioxide can also make you nervous!) Do yourself more often something good, and eat above all what You like it. Spend your money on being properly pampered on a regular basis and remember: Eating is also a “pleasure”!

So, eat happily and avoid everything that makes you unhappy!

Avoid smoking, alcohol, and drugs as much as possible.

  • Smoke
    Smoking is not only unhealthy but has been shown to aggravate anxiety and panic attacks. Cigarettes make you nervous immediately, instead of relaxing you.
  • Alcohol
    Alcohol relaxes you for a short time, but after just a few hours, it makes you feel depressed, sad, and impotent. This also applies and especially if you are taking medication – your liver has enough to do with it!
  • Drugs
    Drugs strain your organism, and everything that strains your organism is depressive. Unfortunately, for space reasons, we can not devote ourselves to the harmful effects of individual drugs. So, please keep your hands off it, because drugs will not bring you on, but throw you back!
  • Coffee
    For a cup, a day is certainly no objection, but you should keep in mind that coffee, black and partly green tea as well as tobacco consumption cause fears and panic or can increase in no time. Too much coffee causes anxiety, nausea, dizzy spells and a decline in performance.
  • Allergens and pollutants
    Spicy cleaners, fumes, etc. are a major drain on your immune system and additionally weaken you. Food allergens (lactose, etc.) can also trigger depression.

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These vitamins and minerals are good for depression: –

  • Vitamins in fish, fruits & vegetables and dairy products

Note in advance: Please avoid – if your doctor has not recommended otherwise – if possible, vitamin supplements and other supplements, because they often contain substances that burden your body additionally, and because they are usually not as healthy as natural foods. Regular intake of supplements can even increase mortality, as demonstrated by a large-scale study with 230,000 participants. So eat something healthy instead of swallowing pills!

  • B-vitamins
    Dopamine acts directly on the reward system and is crucial for our wellbeing. Since the synthesis of dopamine is direct via the B vitamins (especially B12), you should eat a lot of healthy fish and dairy products (with lactose intolerance, of course, only lactose-free products). Fish oil has many B vitamins and raises the level of omega-3 fatty acids; Alone, this has a long-term mood-enhancing effect. Incidentally,

Losses and stressful changes or challenges are part of life. They make us feel sad, lonely, depressed. Often, such a stressful situation can be sustained and processed. If not, then it comes to a depression. This differs from a current mood low: Who suffers from depression, is only limited resilient and everyday tasks cannot be mastered.

Depression – and its special forms – can affect everyone, regardless of age, gender, occupation and personal circumstances. Those affected are not losers, not lazy or self-pitying, they suffer from a serious illness. If it is recognized, it is treatable in most cases. It is important to talk about depression.

How is depression manifested?

Depression usually begins slowly. This makes it so difficult to recognize. The main hallmarks are a persistent or recurring sad mood, the feeling of inner emptiness, thinking, concentration and sleep disorders. The resulting emotional, physical and mental fatigue can also make you irritable, angry and inwardly restless. Depression can lead to loss of appetite and significantly reduce or even reduce the craving for physical closeness and sexuality. Depressed people lose the joy and interest in life. Everyday tasks, work commitments, leisure activities, social contacts are increasingly neglected. The need for retreat becomes central, many affected people can hardly get out of the house, resp. to get out of bed and spend a lot of time sleeping. Also, physical complaints can occur without professionals can determine a cause for it. Depression has many faces, different symptoms are different. Excessive alcohol, drug or drug use is partly a self-healing attempt to deal with depression or anxiety. 

Depression varies in severity

There is mild, moderate and severe depression. In mild depression, the expectations of the private and professional environment can usually be met, from the outside is often not apparent. In a moderate depression, it is already difficult. It increasingly comes to errors, unreliability, failures. Agreements and appointments are increasingly being canceled. In case of a severe depression, almost everything is neglected. Everyday tasks such as getting up, showering, going to the toilet, cooking, eating, cleaning, etc. are almost impossible. Social contacts are no longer maintained.

What is a burnout?

Burnout means burned out, overwhelmed, totally exhausted. These symptoms also correspond to those of diagnosed depression. Burnout, however, makes a difference in the cause. It is believed that fatigue is primarily due to persistent stress at work (even unpaid). It is, therefore, a work-related disorder that involves both additional workloads in gainful employment as well as in educational and family work and the care of demented parents. A burnout is also called exhaustion depression.

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A special form: the bipolar disorder

There are people who go through depressive phases, but in addition, they experience something completely different: phases in which they are doing extremely well. One speaks then of a bipolar affective disorder (= manic-depressive illness). In the manic phases, those affected do things that they would never otherwise do: spending money, for example, exceeding their financial resources enormously, or quitting the job overnight. At the same time, sleep is extremely reduced. People in mania lose their sense of reality, feel constrained by normal social boundaries and disregard them. Often it comes during the manic phase to a hospital admission.

The change from mania to depression is often sudden. Some sufferers have only one manic episode. In the majority, however, it comes to repetitions, often spread over several years. 

What helps with a depressive illness?

Mental illnesses are treatable. For most, a combination of psychotherapy, medication and family counseling is the most effective. In seasonal depressions, light therapies may promote recovery. In a bipolar disorder is often not a psychotherapy in the strict sense, but a coaching, which is very practice-oriented. The focus is on disease awareness and disease acceptance. During a burnout, relaxation procedures and mindfulness-based therapies have become established.

Source: Observer Guide “Quite Different” by Thomas Ihde-Scholl

Fear is a natural reaction in which the body and psyche adjust to a potential danger. Strong feelings of anxiety can also be a burden in everyday life. In this case, one speaks of an anxiety disorder.

What is fear?

Everybody knows the feeling of fear. In threatening situations it appears: the pulse accelerates, the blood pressure rises, the hands sweat. One breathes faster and flatter, sometimes even starts to shiver, or one becomes sick with fear. In this situation, the psyche is in a state of extreme tension – ready to react with lightning speed to fight or flight.

Fear or anxiety disorder?

Fear is a body-own alarm system that has ensured survival for humans and animals over thousands of years. Even today, fear protects us from taking on too many risks and sometimes mobilizes unforeseen forces. However, people often feel irrational fears, which they tend to block: test anxiety, stage fright, and fear of spiders, for example, are widespread. Sometimes, however, anxiety increases to such an extent that it severely restricts the person affected in their everyday lives – a simple fear becomes an anxiety disorder requiring treatment. If fear is related to a particular object or situation, it is also called a phobia. A series of questionnaires and tests are used to help doctors determine if anxiety and panic attacks are pathological and in need of treatment.

Anxiety disorder: a common mental health problem

About fifteen percent of adults in Germany suffer from an anxiety disorder. This makes anxiety disorders one of the most prevalent mental health problems.

What forms of fear are there?

  • Specific phobias: People with a specific phobia are more likely to be afraid of specific objects or situations, such as spiders (arachnophobia), confined spaces (claustrophobia), or doctor spraying (trypanophobia). This also includes social phobias in which the people concerned avoid different social situations because they are afraid of other people or their devaluation and rejection.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder: In a generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety is not focused on specific triggers, but there is a continuing fear and anxiety about threatening events in the future, such as accidents and illnesses. If the anxiety symptoms are of a shorter duration (three instead of six months) associated with two (rather than at least three) different physical symptoms, and the affected person’s concerns are still controllable, then it is called a subsyndromal anxiety disorder rather than a generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Panic Attacks: A special form of anxiety disorder is a panic disorder. Here sufferers suffer from sudden panic attacks that do not have to have a specific trigger. The fear of panic attacks often limits everyday life even further.

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What therapies for anxiety and panic attacks?

For all three types of anxiety, different treatment guidelines apply. For specific phobias, behavioral therapy is usually recommended. In a generalized anxiety disorder, drugs from the group of SSRIs or SNRIs (serotonin reuptake inhibitors or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) are prescribed. In a subsyndromal anxiety disorder, herbal medicines can provide relief. In case of panic attacks, psychotherapy and support by sedative drugs are the drugs of choice.

Anxiety Disorder: When to the doctor?

Frequently, those affected seek medical help only very late, because they believe that they do not want to be taken seriously by the family doctor or shy away from having to undergo neuropathic treatment. In cases of internal restlessness, feelings of anxiety and the resulting sleep disturbances, it is advisable to try therapy with anxiety-relieving herbal medicines such as lavender oil. If the anxiety disorder restricts the affected person in his or her life, immediate medical help should be sought.

Many people suffer from a type of anxiety disorder, but most people do not talk about it. If we do not talk about our mental health, it’s hard to understand. Some people may try to relax their fears by telling them to take a deep breath and hold on. Some fears never fade, and we have to learn to deal with their negative effects.

Fears are more than just disturbing thoughts. Although anxiety disorders are classified as a mental illness, this is not just a mental illness, as anxiety also harms the body. Symptoms of an anxiety disorder can also manifest in the form of another physical illness. Therefore, it is so important to recognize the warning signs in order to get a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Anxiety disorders can be scary, and if you have a panic attack for the first time, you might think it is a heart attack.

Other diseases that have similar symptoms to anxiety include balance disorders and asthma. Instead of silently suffering from your fears, you should describe your symptoms to a doctor or therapist so that you can treat your problem before it gets worse.

When you have an anxiety disorder, your brain sees threats everywhere, even when there is no danger. Your body will switch to the combat-or-flight mode, which has ensured the survival of our species. However, if you do not avoid danger and feel threatened, this protection mechanism can quickly damage your body.

Some people may intuitively realize that their physical symptoms are caused by their fears, but others find it hard to determine why their bodies are always hurting and why they feel their hearts pounding against their chest even when they are not doing any physical exercise.

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The most common physical symptoms of an anxiety disorder include sweating, shortness of breath, and irregular heartbeat, but some people simply ignore these symptoms or attribute them to another cause.

However, if you also have muscle stiffness, tension in the neck and back, headaches or dizziness, you are very likely to have an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety also affects your digestive system, which can cause an upset stomach, heartburn, diarrhea, and frequent urination.

Here is a checklist of all 11 anxiety symptoms you need to watch out for:

  1. Pounding heart or irregular heartbeat
  2. Muscle stiffness and pain
  3. Neck and back pain
  4. Dizziness
  5. Headache
  6. stomach pain
  7. Diarrhea
  8. shortness of breath
  9. sweating
  10. Frequent urinary frequency
  11. Heartburn

If you suffer from anxiety, you should try not to panic, as this may worsen your symptoms. By constant fear of a panic attack, you could actually trigger one.

While this may be troubling, you may find comfort in knowing that your fears can be mitigated. Through physical, mental and even medical treatment, you can achieve a more positive lifestyle. All you have to do is take the first step by asking your doctor for help.