Anxiety in the Mornings

by Michael
(Portland, Oregon USA)

I am a 60 year old male, to make it short I have been on a anxiety roller coaster for 10 years now Dr.s just want to medicate and forget. Lately it seems that in the mornings it starts and last all day then around bed time it slows down and I can go to sleep for about 6 hours. At times I may have an attack that wakes me up. Then it is with me all day. I take a mixture of ashwagandha, St. Johns Wort, Hawthorn, Scullcap, & Oats. It takes the edge off but I really want it to just stop forever.
Michael - tired of worry

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Nov 19, 2014
re: anxiety in the mornings
by: Susan

Hi Michael,

I see you live in Portland, Oregon! I have lived West Coast for about 4 years of my life (Washington)and for me, because of the lack of sunshine, and for that reason I found it to be a very difficult place to live.

I am curious to know if you have ever had your vitamin D levels checked? A vitamin D deficiency can contribute to low serotonin, as well as seasonal affective disorder & depression.

Since there are so many different causes for anxiety, it is important that you rule out any physical cause with your physician. I agree, often doctors treat the symptoms but not the cause, and so it's important to make sure he tests you for other physical reasons as well.

If your physician has checked for physical reasons, and you are cleared from that -- what you are dealing with could mean you just need to make some changes in your life that will make you feel better.

Exercise is very important. If you are fit and have been medically cleared for aerobic exercise or exercise with hand weights, I would highly recommend that. Exercise is one of the best methods for reducing or even eliminating anxiety symptoms. Exercise helps build up your serotonin levels in your brain and your endorphins (your "feel good" chemicals). Just 20 minutes per day can really help immensely.

Take a look at your life -- what's going on? Anything that is bothering you? If so, it's important to deal with those things properly. Of course you can do this through self-help methods, such as the skills taught on this website, but if you think you need more help than that... do not be afraid to reach out to a psychologist for help. Psychologists do not push medications and if you want to use your natural remedies along with therapy, that is okay too.

It may take some time to figure out what is the best method for you, but don't give up and do not be afraid to try new things.

Hang in there, Michael!
~ Susan

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