What do you hope for?
A feeling of wellbeing without worry, uneasiness or obsessions.
A more “normal” life and future.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. Many people feel anxious or nervous, when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. Anxiety disorders, however, are different. They can cause such distress that it interferes with a person’s ability to lead a normal life.
An anxiety disorder is a serious mental illness. For people with anxiety disorders, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be crippling.
What are the types of anxiety disorders?
There are several recognized types of anxiety disorders, including:
Panic disorder – People with this condition have feelings of terror that strike suddenly andrepeatedly with no warning. Other symptoms of a panic attack include seating, chest pain, palpitations (unusually strong or irregular heartbeats), and a feeling of choking, which make the person feel like he or she is having a heart attack or “going crazy”.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – People with OCD are plagued by constant thoughts or fears that cause them to perform certain rituals or routines. The disturbing thoughts are called obsessions, and the rituals are called compulsions. An example is a person with a unreasonable fear or germs who constantly washes his or her hands.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – PTSD is a condition that can develop following a traumatic and/nor terrifying event, such as a sexual or physical assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, or a natural disaster. People with PTSD often have lasing and frightening thoughts and memories of the event and tend to be emotionally numb.
Social anxiety disorder – Also called social phobia, social anxiety disorder involves overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. The worry often centers on a fear of being judged by others, or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or lead to ridicule.
Specific phobias – A specific phobia is an intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as snakes, heights, or flying. The level of fear is usually inappropriate to the situation and may cause the person to avoid common, everyday situations.
Generalized anxiety disorder – This disorder involved excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, even if there is little or nothing to provoke the anxiety
What are the symptoms of Anxiety Disorder?
Symptoms vary depending on the type of anxiety disorder, but general symptoms include:
- Feelings of panic, and uneasiness
- Uncontrollable, obsessive thoughts
- Repeated thoughts or flashbacks of traumatic experience
- Ritualistic behaviors, such as repeated hand washing
- Problems sleeping
- Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet
- Shortness of breath
- An inability to be still and calm
- Dry mouth
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
- Muscle tension
Evaluation and treatment at PMC does not require an official diagnosis of Anxiety.
It is designed to address each individual as unique with specific signs and symptoms. At PMC, each patient will undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation by our physician which includes a complete clinical history, observation of behaviors, a brief physical exam and specific lab analysis.
Exact causes of anxiety are uncertain and can be as individual as each person. We suspect symptoms may be caused by underlying imbalances such as overload or deficit of specific vitamins or minerals, or your body’s inability to assimilate nutrients into a usable form due to a disruption in your body’s metabolism cycle which creates neurotransmitters. Toxic exposure can affect your brain’s ability to function as well. Food sensitivities and blood sugar swings are yet another cause for symptoms. Our treatment is not “one size fits all” but rather individualized specific treatment for each patient.
Once the evaluationis complete, our doctor then develops an advanced, targeted individualized nutrient program of vitamins, minerals and amino acids to address the patients unique biochemical needs.
After your initial visit, a follow up visit is required in 6-7 months, and annually thereafter. For ongoing care, frequent com-munication with the PMC nurse is strongly encouraged.
Pfeiffer Treatment compared to traditional treatment:
Traditional treatment for anxiety may include the use of traditional medication. This can be effective for minimizing or eliminating symptoms, however certain side effects are not unusual with the use of medication. We offer a safe, natural alternative to traditional treatment.
Compliance with our nutrient program is important for success. The prescription will recommend capsules of powder and/or specific oils or liquids. For children who cannot swallow capsules, flavored syrups can be recommended to mix with powder to create a liquid for easier compliance. Dietary changes may be recommended based on individual needs.
Staff RN is available by phone throughout the entire process for support or questions. After approximately 4-6 months of compliance, a follow up appointment is needed to “tweek and find tune” each prescription.
Underlying biochemical imbalances could be the cause of the symptoms.
Overloads of copper, or toxic metals, deficiency of zinc or other minerals, over or under methylation are imbalanced diagnosed and treated at the Pfeiffer Medical Center as well as poorly functioning MT (metallothieien) or oxidative stress.
Our goal is your success!
Pfeiffer Medical Center
Health Research Institute
3S 721 West Ave, Suite#300
Warrenville, IL 60555