Pánico, hierro, y B6 – Usted puede sentirse mejor!

Pánico,  hierro, y B6: Ayudese con el trastorno de pánico, naturalmente con vitaminas y minerales

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La guía del Bibliotecario Médico: Ansiedad, Depresión, Bipolar, y Esquizofrenia: Nutrición y Terapias Complementarias

Encontré el fascinante artículo a continuación tratar de ayudar a una querida novia que sufría de un grave trastorno de pánico. Probablemente se beneficiaría de los medicamentos  también, pero que no había comido carne roja durante más de tres años. Eso me hice pensar. Yo estaba correcto en mi pensiemento de que a pesar de que era físicamente sano en términos de no tener anemia, probablemente era un poco deficiente en hierro, porque de no ha comido la carne durante tanto tiempo. Le dije a su trastorno de pánico probablemente mejorará si ella tomó un suplemento de hierro con una píldora de vitaminas del complejo B. Me rompe el corazón que le hablaba como un experto, pero no creo que alguna vez me escuchó. He estado incorrecto antes, pero aquí, hierro y B6 solamente pudo ayudar. Finalmente nos separamos debido a su depresión que no fue tratada. Si usted lee este artículo, mi dulce, va a leer la traducción en español lo haré sólo por ti, aunque con el tiempo, espero que miles de hispanohablantes se beneficiarán de la investigación que hice para ti, mi amor. Les deseo salud y felicidad, siempre!

Besos,

Will

PS Además, echa un vistazo a el libro de la derecha, La guía del Bibliotecario Médico: Ansiedad, Depresión, Bipolar, y Esquizofrenia: Nutrición y Terapias Complementarias para mucho más de los mismos consejos, útiles en las intervenciones naturales para la ansiedad, trastorno bipolar, la depresión y la esquizofrenia.

PPS Estimados lectores, como siempre, si encuentra cualquiera de mis mensajes utiles, por favor compartir! Siempre trato de ayudar a las personas más que puedo, pero soy solamente un voz en un multitud sobre el Internet! Gracias!

Acta Med Okayama. 2013; 67 (2): 99-104.

Bajas concentraciones séricas de vitamina B6 y hierro están relacionados con ataques de pánico y ataque de hiperventilación.Mikawa Y1, Mizobuchi S, M Egi, Morita K.

Resumen:

Pacientes sometidos a un ataque de pánico (PA) o un ataque de hiperventilación (HVA) a veces son ingresados en los servicios de emergencia (eds). Reducción de nivel de serotonina es conocida como una de las causas de PA y HVA. La serotonina se sintetiza a partir de triptófano. Para la síntesis de serotonina, la vitamina B6 (Vit B6) y el juego de hierro papeles importantes como cofactores. Para aclarar la fisiopatología de la PA y HVA, se investigaron los niveles séricos de vitaminas B2, B6 y B12 y hierro en pacientes con PA o HVA asistir a un servicio de urgencias. Medimos cada parámetro en 21 pacientes PA o HVA y se compararon los valores con los de 20 voluntarios. Se encontró que tanto los niveles de Vit B6 y de hierro fueron significativamente inferiores en el grupo de PA / HVA que en el grupo de voluntarios. No hubo diferencia significativa en los niveles séricos de vitaminas B2 o B12. Estos resultados sugieren que las concentraciones séricas bajas de Vit B6 y hierro están involucrados en PA y HVA. Se necesitan más estudios para aclarar los mecanismos implicados en tales diferencias.

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Panic, Iron, and B6 – You CAN Feel better!

Panic, Iron, and B6: Helping Panic Disorder, Naturally with Vitamins and Minerals

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I found the fascinating article below trying to help a dear girlfriend who was suffering from a serious panic disorder. Although she would probably benefit from SSRIs also, she had not eaten red meat for more than three years. That made me think. I was right in my hunch that although she was physically healthy in terms of not being anemic, she was probably mildly deficient in iron because of not touching meat for so long. I told her her panic disorder would probably get better if she took an iron supplement with a b-complex vitamin pill. It breaks my heart that I spoke to her as an expert, but I do not think she ever heard me. I have been wrong before, but here, iron and B6 would have only helped her.  We finally broke up due to her untreated depression. If you read this article, my sweet, you will be reading the Spanish translation I will do for only you, although eventually, thousands of Spanish-speakers will benefit from the research I did for you, my love. I wish you health and happiness, lovely!
Kisses,
Will
PS Also, check out the book on the right, Guide To Natural Mental Health for a lot more of the same, helpful advice on natural interventions for anxiety, bipolar, depression, and schizophrenia. Also, it’s worth reading if you think you are addicted to video games, Facebook, or your cell phone. You might be surprised at what you learn!
PPS Dear readers, as always, if you find any of my posts helpful, please share! I always try to help the most people I can, but I’m only one man!
Acta Med Okayama. 2013;67(2):99-104.
Low serum concentrations of vitamin B6 and iron are related to panic attack and hyperventilation attack.Mikawa Y1, Mizobuchi S, Egi M, Morita K.
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Patients undergoing a panic attack (PA) or a hyperventilation attack (HVA) are sometimes admitted to emergency departments (EDs). Reduced serotonin level is known as one of the causes of PA and HVA. Serotonin is synthesized from tryptophan. For the synthesis of serotonin, vitamin B6 (Vit B6) and iron play important roles as cofactors. To clarify the pathophysiology of PA and HVA, we investigated the serum levels of vitamins B2, B6, and B12 and iron in patients with PA or HVA attending an ED. We measured each parameter in 21 PA or HVA patients and compared the values with those from 20 volunteers. We found that both Vit B6 and iron levels were significantly lower in the PA/HVA group than in the volunteer group. There was no significant difference in the serum levels of vitamins B2 or B12. These results suggest that low serum concentrations of Vit B6 and iron are involved in PA and HVA. Further studies are needed to clarify the mechanisms involved in such differences.

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Book Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars- Good mental hygiene improves your life By Whistlers Mom Amazon TOP 500 REVIEWER

August 19, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition

When I was young, many people rejected the importance of dental hygiene. They Guide to Natural Mental Health Reviewpreferred to believe that they developed cavities because they had “soft teeth.” That a woman would lose a tooth for every baby she gave birth to. That if their grandparents finished up toothless, they were doomed to the same fate. It was all bad luck and genetics and brushing, flossing, good diet, and not using tobacco would make no difference.

Today, most people understand the importance of good dental hygiene, but we’re still in the Dark Ages when it comes to committing to good mental hygiene. Mental illness is scary and embarrassing and seems to strike like a bolt of thunder. In a laudable attempt to reduce the stigma of mental illness, experts stress that it may be hereditary or a result of chemical imbalances. Either way, it’s out of our control, right?

This author is a medical librarian and himself a survivor of mental illness. On both scores, he understands the importance of being well-informed. He has read thousands of articles in medical journals most of them describing the findings of clinical research in the areas of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and internet addictions. He introduces these papers and gives a brief summing up of their critical points, with special emphasis on findings which relate to self-help measures. AND he tells you the web sites where you can read the entire article yourself.

I approached this book with great misgivings. I grew up at a time when doctors were still struggling to convince the general public that they were offering something worth paying for. They did it by promoting the idea that health is only understandable by those who have gone to medical school and that traditional practices and wisdom were “old wives tales” – silly and probably dangerous. Many (most, really) books about “alternative medicine” are poorly researched and have a strong mercenary bias. “Massive doses of dandelion tea cured my cancer and I sell the only dandelion tea mix that works.” You know the sort of thing.

This author isn’t going to get rich selling his book and I don’t believe that he wrote it with that intent. He does believe passionately that we can help ourselves to better mental health by practicing good mental hygiene – diet, exercise, prayer, and developing strong personal relationships. Modern medicine is beginning to adopt the same idea and these articles represent studies and tests from well-known and well-respected medical centers, universities, and organizations. This is not snake oil, but knowledge gleaned from scientific research.

So why doesn’t everyone know about it? Because a pharmaceutical company can spend billions of dollars yearly telling the public about the benefits of its products, but there’s no profit in telling you that turning your computer off and talking to a friend or taking a walk (or better yet, both at once!) will make you feel better.

When it comes to the workings of the mind, we are only beginning to explore a new frontier. In the future, our present “knowledge” will be laughable. But we can use the latest ideas and combine them with traditional wisdom to help ourselves. You are your own best doctor and (whether it’s physical or mental illness) the best out-comes result when the patient and those who love him are well-informed and taking an active role in the process.

***** Mr. Jiang very kindly gave me a copy of his book, but that didn’t influence my opinions one bit! I skimmed it and now I’m re-reading the sections that are of special interest to me. It’s a book that should be in every household that has been affected by mental illness. That’s all of us, right?

Review- Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry by Jeffrey A. Lieberman

5.0 out of 5 stars We have come quite a way, and have miles to go before we sleep,1
November 16, 2015
This review is from: Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry (Kindle Edition)
I liked the historical treatment of American and European psychiatry in “Shrinks”. It was interesting to see the big picture from the point of view of a former American Psychiatric Association President. After reading this book, I thank God for modern psychiatric treatments. Why? Before the treatments we now have, life was generally much shorter for mental patients, and if someone was seriously ill with depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, or anxiety problems, after onset of their illness, they may have been imprisoned for the rest of their natural lives in an asylum. The rest of their existence would be a nightmare from which there was no escape. Psychiatry has a way to go still, but reading how life was before modern psychiatric medicine makes one appreciate the advances made so far.

4th Season Of Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeff Borenstein to Premiere on PBS

4th Season Of Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeff Borenstein to premiere on PBS

I had the memorable pleasure of meeting and talking with Dr. Jeff Borenstein at the New York State Psychiatric Institute / Columbia Psychiatry Patient and Family Library while writing my little autobiography about my own “story of madness and story of hope” about living with schizophrenia: A Schizophrenic Will. I found Dr. Borenstein down-to-earth yet visionary, a rare combination. The first and second seasons of Healthy Minds were AMAZING! I’m sure this fourth season will be even better somehow. Well done Dr. Borestein, Brain and Behavior Foundation, and all your partners! I can’t wait to get a gift DVD set to review here on www.mentalhealthbooks.net !

Chess, Schizophrenia, and the Poet’s Fire

The Greek Gods Frowned Upon Hubris

willauthorI am writing this short article to fight negative stereotypes associated with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a poorly understood topic in our society. These days, with medication and talk therapy, recovery from even very serious mental illness is not only possible, but, with proper treatment, probable. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Read on, and open your mind.

It is a health issue. I was a “normal” kid, loved by my mom and brothers, and dad always made sure we were ok.  Athletic, well-liked and popular at Stuyvesant High School, the number one high school in New York City, my mid-teen years were joyful.  Later, at State University of New York at Stony Brook I achieved senior status and #1 status at the competitive applied math program, at the tender age of nineteen. I earned straight A in applied mathematics to the upper division, the top student at one of the top applied math programs in the world. The semester before my first psychotic break,  I signed up for twenty-three credit hours, about a double full-time credit load. The classes lined up were honors physics, data structures, econometrics, masters level game theory for economists, and Chinese, among a few others. The future looked bright. I had a girlfriend who I very much wanted to marry. I worked a job or three. The view from the top of the world was heady. I was aware of what my accomplishments were, maybe there was a touch of hubris, unhealthy pride. In any event, they say “pride cometh before the fall”, and the bigger they are, the harder they fall. My ego, big and proud, fell hard, as I plummeted into the deadly abyss of insanity.

Stress causes many problems in life, both physical and mental. Critical life choices including finances were being mismanaged, and stress was one big reason I had my first psychotic break. Later, as I discovered as a psychiatric library chief there were also other reasons for my unfortunate fall from sanity: being a premature winter birth, being born to an older father, having a mother with an under-active thyroid, a stressful early childhood, having a low fatty fish content in my diet, having sub-optimal magnesium levels, not taking a good multivitamin, being sleep deprived, working seven days per week without a break for years, studying long hours for seven days per week, and, finally, having both bipolar and psychosis expressed in the genetics of the family. Yeah, unbeknownst to me, I was a ticking clock, waiting to go off, and my time eventually ran out.

I had a total psychotic break with reality at the age of nineteen. I was hospitalized for nearly two months, at Stony Brook University Hospital just a mile from my old “successful” life at University- so close but truly a whole world away. Following my descent into total madness and paranoia, eventually, I learned to cope. As mom correctly has pointed out to me, “Will, recovery for you is a journey. You are never ‘Recovered’.”  I found meaning in life by learning about my illness and psychiatry in general, so I would “know my enemy”. Years later I was invited to write as a freelance journalist for City Voices, the mental health newspaper based out of NYC, founded by famous mental health advocate Kenneth Steele back in 1995. My life’s mission was transformed into helping others in my shoes.

Excerpt From My Autobiography, A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope

At nineteen, during my first psychotic break, my thoughts were thus:

“In the psych ward, I felt that this must be how Jesus felt.  Jesus was wrongly persecuted in his life. Just as I am being persecuted.  I could have been a drug dealer many times in my life, picked up a gun and settled a few scores, or just become some kind of loser. I could have become someone with no future who didn’t try. I could have been someone who didn’t work hard, as a janitor to pay their way through college.   I’ve had a hard life, I thought.  I don’t deserve to be treated this way.  It’s not right.  But, Jesus forgave his enemies. And so will I.  Because I thought I knew exactly how Jesus felt, I reasoned, I must be an incarnation of Jesus.

Images flew through my mind. There was an excellent movie called Amadeus which chronicled a possible but far-fetched theory that Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart may have been murdered by Salieri, a musical competitor of Mozart. At the end of the movie, after Salieri confesses to his role in the demise of Mozart, the priest looked shocked to find a heart so black.  The scene cuts to Salieri being lead through the mental asylum, absolving his fellow inmates.  “I absolve you”  “I absolve you” he repeated  to everyone he saw. He said this to the people in cages and the people in chains. He laughs an evil laugh and says, “I absolve everybody.” And the movie ends, and the credits roll. For some reason, this aspect of the movie Amadeus went through my mind the same instant I thought I was some kind of incarnation of Jesus.  I, think that I, being a better person than Salieri, could truly absolve people.  I think that people will recognize my goodness and feel better about being where they were.  I walk around the room saying “I absolve you” to people who are there.   What happened next, I did not expect….”

For Those Who Are Curious about the Science and Medicine

I like numbers, especially statistics. Roughly one percent of the world’s population develops schizophrenia. A bit more than one percent will develop bipolar disorder. About one in seven will develop an anxiety disorder. About one in seven, or more, will develop clinical depression. Think about it. If you go to a high school of 1,000 kids in just a few, short years 250 of you could be struggling with a major psychiatric issue, with or without co-occurring substance abuse. College is a crucible of stress and is made much worse by use of illicit drugs and drinking. Wife of President Ronald Regan, Nancy Regan, was right when she told kids of the 80s to “Just say No!”best books about schizophrenia

So, why do these genes that can trigger serious and persistent mental illnesses still exist? One would think that these debilitating diseases would be bred out of the gene pool eventually. It’s like this, when one identical twin develops schizophrenia, the other twin has only a 50% chance of a psychotic break and consequent schizophrenia. Why? It seems genetics with schizophrenia is only 50% of the puzzle, and the mystery of the other 50% is embedded in the epigenome: the way the environment turns on off specific genes which either lead to health or illness. So, more than 50% of people who have the perfect genetics for schizophrenia will never develop the disease, and hence they are carriers. Carriers of what? Well, according to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory research, schizophrenia is a genetically complicated disorder of micro-additions and micro-deletions of genetic code. This is why they have not found one “schizophrenia gene”. It doesn’t exist. This is also why genetic therapies will have to be individualized and genetic codes sequenced, if medicine ever attempts a “cure” of the schizophrenia genetics.

Schizophrenia generally hits young men in late adolescence or early adulthood, whereas women develop the disorder in young adulthood, possible due to a protective role of estrogen. Either way, broadly speaking, in ten years time, after diagnosis, one-third of people diagnosed with schizophrenia generally completely recover, one-third stay about the same, and one-third get worse. Things like the THC in marijuana, a parasite called toxoplasma gondii sometimes found in cat fecal matter, and stress can cause people to “flip” on bad genes, causing a first psychotic break.  So, please just say no to these things, my friends!

A Full Life in Spite of the Schizophrenia

Despite my developing schizophrenia in my late teenage years and the fact that not every day is a good day, I have overcome many obstacles and accomplished much. Powerful, mind-numbing drugs have brought me down to Earth. Before medicines, I was able to read more than five hundred pages per day, do amazing feats of strength like run a half mile in under two minutes, and do a thousand push-ups in a day. No longer can I do these amazing feats of Will.

However, academically, I have graduated from a top university, with honors, then I earned an accredited Masters  in Library Science. Professionally, spanning nearly a decade, I worked as a professor at CUNY Kingsborough’s Library and then at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia Psychiatry as a respected library Chief at the #1 psychiatric research center in the world, part of a team of healers. Culturally, I am fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. I feel I have an interesting worldview, inspired by the cultures behind the languages I have learned to love.  I wish to explore more world languages and cultures.  I have authored twenty-six books about mental health, literature, business, history, language learning, library science, weight loss and diabetes control, an internationally popular guide to the living culture of New York City, a guide to natural intelligence enhancement, and an “inspiring” memoir, A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope. I hope to keep writing in some capacity both in order to reach new readers and to explore new and exciting worlds both inside and outside myself.

In my professional life, the thing of which I am most proud is being one source of hope to people who may feel forgotten by life.  The thing I am most proud of in my private life is the careful attention with which I have taken care of my family and friends, because I feel the most important thing in Life is Love. With all I’ve done so far, I feel my work here on Earth is not yet done. I have miles to go before I sleep. Wish me luck in writing my next chapters, my friends. I hope to keep on doing my own brand of positive thing for a while more, and I have promises to keep.

I close with a “poetic” quote of mine about chess:

I once saw a “deep” quote from a “Buddhist” Facebook Page concerning one of my favorite games, chess: “Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box.”

I thought about my own struggle with schizophrenia and I felt that I could not let that nihilist have the last apt word. So, I penned the following response…

“So true! The game of Kings ends in this way… so poetic! Yet, the play of armies, led by Kings is the thing that separates the legends from the forgotten. Kings and pawns go to the same box, true, but it is how they played that makes all the difference. Not every King is named Arthur, and not every chess player is a Kasparov or a Fischer. As for the game of life as chess, we all eventually lose to Death. Death smiles at us all as we strategize and plan, but the best a man can do is follow the rules, smile back and play his damnedest, until it is his turn to rest. Life is not only about our final destination. It is also the journey we make, the others we touch, and the tales that are told! God gives burdens, also shoulders.”Washington Heights Poetry

I invite you to check out more of my poetry and art in The Poet of Washington Heights: A Scrapbook of Poetry, Photography, Digital Art, and Social Media,  twenty three of my books in English, Spanish, and French can be found on my Amazon Author’s Page.  Many of my ebooks are available on Barnes & Noble’s Nook, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, as well as other fine purveyors of the written word. Salud!

For quality medical information about schizophrenia: check out this information from NIMH 

This is my curated list of Best Books about Schizophrenia

Please help me reach people who need my story of hope! Thank you!

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AFRICAN DIET AND MENTAL HEALTH

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Guest Blogger Valerie Mungau

By Valerie Mungau and William Jiang, MLS

You have heard the expression; you are what you eat. Truer words were never spoken. Simply, it means: food and drink are fuel for your brain and body. The better quality your fuel, the better your brain and body will perform.

Africa is the second largest continent in the world. It is rich in geographic and cultural diversity. The culture of food in the different regions of Africa is important to people throughout the world. Many of the staple foods in Africans’ diet are good for the health, from leafy green vegetables to fresh juicy fruits. Part of African culinary history is, of course, that the foods have sustained a people for ages. We are seeing a rise in the popularity of the vibrant flavors and delicious foods that offer a key to better health in the African communities. One can never go wrong when you go back to your roots.

Traditional diet is the kind of food your grandmother would have cooked. Interestingly , traditional foodstuffs are associated with a lower risk of mental health issues. Traditional diets vary widely across cultures.  However, the common element that ties them together is a lack of processing of the foods and the nutrient-dense food that permeates each culture. The association between healthy diet and mental well-being starts well before birth.

There are so many benefits of greens such as kales, spinach, and traditional herbs such as ‘Kunde’, ‘terere’ etc.  because they are low in calories and high in nutrients, such as B vitamins. Fish like omena and mbutaa have omega3s, which are great for cardiovascular and mental health. Also, you can make kale chips, a kale and avocado smoothie, and kale based salads- also known as ‘kachumbari’ in East Africa.

african mental healthPoverty in Africa influences how people cook and store food. Since many people cannot afford refrigeration, people tend to buy fresh ingredients from the market and cook them on the same day or they rely on dried and smoked fish and vegetables as forms of traditional storage of food.

Foods like dairy, butter and cheese, have almost no place at the table, due to scarcity.

A balanced meal has foods from at least 3 or 4 food groups below:

  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Whole grain products
  • Milk or other dairy alternatives
  • Meat and other alternatives like traditional chicken which is widely preferred in Africa because of its nutrients.
  • Healthy fats like: Oils- (olive, canola, sunflower), nuts, seeds, avocado, oily fish such as salmon, tilapia ‘omena’, and ‘mbutaa’
  • Vegetables include: Eggplant, carrots, broccoli, leafy greens such as kales, celery, spinach.
  • Fruits include: Guava, oranges, mango, banana, papaya, pineapple, apples, melon, berries.
  • Whole grains include: Oats, millet, brown rice, maize and whole wheat.
  • Legumes include: Lentils, chickpeas and cowpeas.
  • Nuts and seeds include: Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, flax seeds and cashews.

A very large body of evidence now exists that suggests diet is as important to mental health as it is to physical health. A healthy diet is protective and an unhealthy diet is a risk factor for the brain diseases of depression and anxiety. What one eats affects how the immune system works, how genes work and how the  body responds to stress. Time to thank Grandma for her good cooking!

Anti-Anxiety Drugs: How misuse of the benzodiazepine can be harmful?

By MHB Guest Blogger: Ralph Macey of SavantCare.com  

Medicines can be helpful to relieve symptoms of anxiety. However, it does not treat the hidden problem and is certainly not for suitable for long-term use. One such  group of medication is benzodiazepines.

Benzodiazepines are administered to patients suffering from anxiety, insomnia, and epilepsy.

Benzodiazepines are prescribed for the following symptomsSafe Alprazolam, Estazolam, Clonazepam, Midazolam

  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Akathisia (restlessness)
  • Skeletal muscle spasms
  • Tardive dyskinesia (repetitive, involuntary, and aimless motions)
  • Sedation before medical procedures

Examples of benzodiazepines

  • Alprazolam (used in anxiety disorder)
  • Estazolam (used in sleeping problem)
  • Clonazepam (used in treatment-resistant epilepsy)
  • Midazolam (used during medical procedure)

Benzodiazepine behavioral side effects

  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Motor incoordination
  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Memory problems
  • Mental fogginess
  • Fatigue

Forms of benzodiazepine behavioral side effects

  • Behavioral exacerbation – Side effects listed above may increase or turn worse.
  • Behavioral disinhibition – Side effects mentioned above may happen for the first time.

Benzodiazepine behavioral risks
Groups of people who may be under the higher risks of benzodiazepine behavioral side effects are:

  • children
  • elderly
  • people abusing other substances
  • impulsive people
  • people suffering BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder)
  • people with family history of abnormal response to benzodiazepines
  • mentally retarded people
  • people with autism
  • brain injury

It’s important to note that people in these groups may not necessarily develop symptoms of behavioral side effects.


Benzodiazepine drug risk

  • Patients aged more than 65 years – Elderly people and senior citizens are more prone to the sedative effects of these kinds of medicine. A small dose of an anti-anxiety drug like benzodiazepine can lead to symptoms of amnesia, confusion, cognitive damage similar to dementia, and loss of balance. Moreover, senior citizens taking benzodiazepines are vulnerable to broken hips and legs, car accidents, and falls.
  • Pregnant and lactating women – Anti-anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines and others shouldn’t be used during pregnancy. Drugs crossover to a fetus through the placenta. This is because babies born to such mothers may develop withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, muscle weakness, sleep disorder, breathing difficulty, and restlessness or trembling. Anti-anxiety drugs get deposited in breast milk. Therefore it’s important that lactating mothers’ seek physician’s advice and consider tapering off benzodiazepines and try alternative anti-anxiety drugs.  
  • Patients with a family history of substance abuse – Patients who suffer from alcoholism or drug abuse should stay away from anti-anxiety drugs or take them under an expert’s supervision. These drugs are highly effective and but also easily addictive. As a result, they could lead to substance abuse and may be with the extremely risky combination-alcohol,marijuana or illegal drugs.

Anti-Anxiety Medication: General Usage Guidelines

  • Have patience – It takes time for most anxiety medications to reach their full therapeutic effect. While you may want immediate relief, it’s important to have realistic expectations. You will need to work closely with your doctor to find the right dosage and evaluate the anxiety drug’s effectiveness.
  • Stay away from alcohol – Patients should never mix anti-anxiety medicines with alcohol. Such a combination, if taken in larger dosage, could have disastrous results. Even in a smaller dosage, a combination of anti-anxiety drugs with alcohol or other banned substances might lead to poor concentration, impaired thinking, increased risk of car accidents and other injuries.
  • Track mental health – Patients, should monitor their mental health. They need to ensure that their response to anti-anxiety drugs on their physical and emotional well-being are well-documented. Different results are noted in people who use these medicines. Hence, it’s impossible to predict the side effects and how effective these anti-anxiety drugs would be for the patients. For example, patients should never drive or operate heavy machinery, if they are on benzodiazepine medications until the time they are aware of its effects on their health. 
  • Patients should communicate with their doctors with complete honesty. Moreover, they must disclose to their doctors about the side effects of these medicines and how their overall health is getting affected. They shouldn’t stop any medicine without consulting their doctor.

Editorial Note: Deaths in the US from benzodiazapine abuse are way up. Do yourself a favor and do not become a statistic: use your medicine as your doctor prescribes.

SavantCare.Com – is a state-of-the-art psychiatric facility in Los Altos, California.