What is Anxiety?

Anxiety disorders are a far more common problem than was once thought. Acute anxiety disorder manifests itself in episodes commonly known as “panic attacks”. PANIC attacks involve a “flight or fight” response, or a complex involuntary physiological response in which the body prepares itself to deal with an emergency situation.


Signs of Anxiety

Panic attacks are usually abrupt and intense. They can occur at any time of day or night, lasting from seconds up to a half-hour. They are often unpredictable and triggered by stress. Food allergies and hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, are also common with people who experience anxiety.

Treatments for Anxiety

A Holistic Approach

In addition to treating Anxiety with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Dr. Baten teaches her patients to identify the foods that can stimulate and trigger panic attacks. She educates individuals on how to eat a healthy diet and use nutrients and supplements to treat the symptoms of anxiety.

Frequently Asked Questions

More Information on Anxiety

Anxiety can result from certain environmental triggers, such as stress or a break from an important emotional attachment. On a physical level, depression and anxiety can also be the result of deficiencies in neurotransmitters. Research suggests that individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, or ADHD generally have a deficiency of one or more of the natural substances (neurotransmitters) that allow the brain cells to communicate with each other effectively.

There are four main neurotransmitters that create our moods:

  • Dopamine/Norepinephrine (the natural energizer and mental focuser)
  • GABA (our natural sedative)
  • Endorphin (our natural pain killer)
  • Serotonin (our natural mood stabilizer and sleep promoter)

Deficiencies in serotonin may result in sleep problems, anxiety, irritation, and other symptoms of depression. A deficiency in Norepinephrine is associated with fatigue and depressed mood. A deficiency in GABA is linked to anxiety and panic conditions.

Deficiencies affecting biochemical pathways can be inherited and can be further exacerbated by prolonged stress during which the body consumes the brain’s natural sedatives and stimulants. While the body has emergency stores of these brain chemicals, chronic stress can deplete them.

Dr. Baten works with her patients to identify and address the root causes of the imbalance. The combined approach of nutrition and cognitive behavioral therapy is critical.

Dr. Baten’s approach is holistic. It involves looking at the factors that affect your mental health, including belief patterns, chronic stressors, and diet. Where deficiencies in neurotransmitters are identified, she assists the body in returning to a state of balance through amino acid and nutraceutical therapies.

You can help support a healthy mood by consuming foods that promote the production of essential neurotransmitters. Dr. Baten’s approach incorporates nutrition education along with rigorous and effective dietary practices.

In conjunction with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Dr. Baten teaches individuals how to eat a healthy diet by incorporating more foods into their daily regimen without feeling deprived, which is paramount to a reduction in symptoms of depression. Additionally, the use of natural supplements can decrease depression and lift mood without the use of pharmacology.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is clinically proven to effectively treat anxiety. It helps individuals take control of their lives and emotions.

Dr. Baten helps individuals learn to identify dysfunctional beliefs that lead to negative consequences in mood and behavior and to stimulate emotional growth by replacing self-defeating thoughts, feelings, and actions with new and more effective ones. The result is a rewarding sense of responsibility for emotions, empowering people to change and overcome unhealthy behaviors that interfere with their ability to enjoy life.

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