Anxiety Disorders/Anxiety disorder



About six years ago I got my first panic attack. I had went to bed one night, but then suddenly part of my face felt numb, and I was uncomfortable so started moving around. Eventually I sat up, and my heart started to race. After that I started to feel kind of light headed and had numbness and tingling in my hands. There are too many details, but this was in the winter, and suddenly my hands went completely numb. I freaked out and went to the hospital and they told me that it sounded like anxiety. After that I was scared to sleep. A day or two later when I was closed my eyes to fall asleep, my heart immediately began to pick up pace, so I had to sit up and calm down. This kept happening but went away. To put it short, the symptoms varied over the years and went on and on.

I had EKGs done for palpitations and was prescribed medicines that had no effect. One thing that bothered me was that I noticed my fingernails, or maybe better to say the beds underneath them looked half or more purple which I think usually indicates poor circulation. When I went to a hospital to get a blood and urine test and chest x-ray, nothing came back, and no one ever seemed to say anything about my nails.

Lately near the tips there has been lighter color like paleness.

Can these things be caused by extreme anxiety disorder?

I would appreciate your help.

Thank you.

ANSWER: Hi Sean.

It is good that you saw the doctor, so we know that there is not anything seriously wrong with you. It seem you are suffering from anxiety attacks. It simply means that you overproducing stress hormones and this may be due to hypoglycemia (  Going on a hypoglycemic diet (, will solve the problem in due time.

See also:
Beating Anxiety and Phobias    

Biochemistry of Insomnia

Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.
Hon. Editor of
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia.
Author of "Getting off the Hook"
Freely available at Google Book Search
Skype: jurplesman

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QUESTION: Thank you for your response.

I forgot to mention that I'm a 23 year old white male. I did some research on hypoglycemia, and I was wondering if juicing fruits and vegetables would be okay. I'm not knowledgeable about the condition, so I wouldn't know, but I read in one place that since juice digests fast that it could raise problems fast.

Would it be better to eat only whole foods, or is juicing ok? I would prefer to juice. I just don't know if it's a bad idea or not.


Hi Sean,
You are asking a good question.  Juicing fruits would not be a good idea, you need a high protein diet like the hypoglycemic diet ( containing a great VARIETY of food, including animal fats and meat of the organic type to be healthy. Keep on researching!

Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.
Hon. Editor of
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia.
Author of "Getting off the Hook"
Freely available at Google Book Search
Skype: jurplesman

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I have a degree in Psychology from the Sydney University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. I am also the author of “GETTING OFF THE HOOK” which deals with the nutritional and psychological treatment of personality disorders. It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. I am interested in the relationship between nutrition and behaviour, and as a Probation ans Parole Officer facilitated groups for offenders, many of whom were alcoholics and drug addicts, sex offenders or compulsive gamblers, as well as the whole gamut of “personality disorders”. I am also the ex-editor of the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia Newsletter, a quarterly publication dealing with hypoglycemia and related health problems. Its web site, together with a shortened course of PSYCHOTHERAPY can be visited at:


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The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia

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BA(Psych) Sydney University, Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr (International Academy of Nutrition)

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