An Unhealthy Gut & Anxiety

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Sep
2013
Posted By : Sally Dee 0 Comment
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I always like to consider thinking, “outside of the box,” and I believe some “alternative ideas” really can and do work. Please take a moment to read:  http://abcnews.go.com/Health/anxiety-head-gut/story?id=20229136

I have known about Dr. James Greenblatt, a Boston-area psychiatrist, for some time now. He worked at McLeans Hospital when I was receiving my clinical training. McLeans is a premier mental health facility that works with Harvard’s Medical School.  Greenblatt does not practice “alternative medicine,” rather he is an expert psychopharmacologist. He has since left McLeans and is now a clinical faculty member at Tufts Medical School.

“Dr. Greenblatt, like many others, are beginning to recognize the power of healthy gut bacteria. The average adult carries up to five pounds of bacteria — trillions of microbes — in their digestive tract alone.

A recent study in the journal Science showed that thin and fat people have different bacteria — a discovery that could lead to weight-loss programs. Doctors have also been using fecal transplants to seniors when their gastrointestinal health is compromised in nursing home living.”

Dr. Greenblatt believes there may be a link between what’s in your gut and what’s in your head. He goes so far as to suggest that certain bacterias actually may play a role in the following disorders such as anxiety, schizophrenia and autism. “In some patients, the strep bacterium has been linked to OCD in a condition known as PANDAS.”

“According to, Jane Foster, associate professor of neuroscience and behavioral science and part of the McMaster University & Brain-Body Institute.

“Anyone who has a mental health disorder that coincides with a GI disorder is a good candidate for probiotics,” she said.

One such candidate was Adam Johnson, who since the age of 5 has struggled with ADHD, anxiety and some mood disorders, and has been treated with a variety of medications.

“We know now he had too much stimulation and realize his brain worked differently than everyone else’s,” said his mother, Kay Lynn Johnson of Massachusetts.

“Adam is a very slow processor and deep thinker and has an incredibly divergent brain going a thousand miles an hour all the time,” she said.

For many years, he was treated by a well-respected pharmacologist and a therapist, according to Johnson. But prescription medications were not working well enough, and by the time he was 14, his family turned to integrative medicine looking for a “broader range of tools.” His urine and blood tests found a bacterial imbalance.

“I don’t want to bad mouth drugs — they have a place,” said Johnson. “But I think there’s more to learn.”

Last year, he was taken off all medications, put on a special diet and treated with probiotics. “Friends, family and his teacher were amazed,” said his mother.

Today, Adam is in honors classes, playing clarinet in the band and doing well. “It’s been a real triumph,” she said.”

For a more in depth look on this topic, I recommend reading:

College Blues-Anxiety in a New Environment

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Aug
2012
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The falling autumn leaves and bags packed and waiting by the door signal endings…and new beginnings. For many, it marks a journey away from home to begin a college career. Feelings about the new experiences evoke mixed emotions for parents and their young ones getting ready to leave the nest. Parents learn to let go; young adults try to maneuver through a new world with expectations and fears yet untold. Even well-adjusted young adults have apprehension about moving away from home for the first time. Anxiety treatment can help.

Janelle is typical of many young adults who feel anxiety about moving a plane ride away from her family and life-long friends. When she came to me for anxiety treatment Tampa, she explained her stressful situation. She told me that her roommate in her dorm was involved in behavior Janelle had no interest in being a part of.  Also, Janelle felt pressure related to sexual activity that she wasn’t ready for. And classes were much more challenging then she’d expected. In high school, learning had always been easy for Janelle; even her AP classes hadn’t caused her much anxiety. Now in college, she was crammed into large classes with other equally bright students all vying for the top spots it the class. Janelle didn’t know how she’d be able to balance her assignments with her social life.  There were as many options for parties to attend as there were items on a fast-food menu.

All of sudden, Janelle began to lose her appetite and felt she was having panic attacks. She felt sad thinking about her old friends and feared she would not find friends as close as those she had left behind. Janelle spent the first semester receiving anxiety treatment Tampa talking about her fears, learning how many of them were fairly normal and expected. Janelle learned to have a voice and set clear boundaries with her roommate.  She communicated wither her professors when she was confused about assignments. And she found social activities that were fun and where peers didn’t impose judgment. Learning to talk about her concerns in anxiety treatment Tampa took away the pressure. She learned how to take care of herself, find ways to calm her fears and fully embrace the college experience.

Please seek anixeity treatment Tampa if you need to talk to someone.