Are you experiencing anxiety symptoms that seem to have surfaced out of the blue? Were you living a perfectly peaceful life until anxiety reared its ugly head? Have you tried many different approaches to anxiety and yet it still remains as intrusive as ever?

If you have answered yes to the above questions, maybe it’s time to take a closer look at what might be causing your anxiety and symptoms depersonalization.

Sometimes we overlook possible triggers of anxiety reactions. We try to look deep within our psyche for deep seated issues when sometimes the answer is as simple as a medication you’ve been taking or a nasal spray you thought of as innocuous.

Here is a list of overlooked anxiety and depersonalization triggers that might be causing your discomfort:

Hidden Anxiety and Depersonalization Triggers:

– Medications: Certain medications create a host of adverse reactions, anxiety being high on that list.

Nasal Sprays and other Antihistamines- Many of these medications, even when OTC (over the counter) are strong and result in intrusive anxiety related side effects for many individuals. From anxiety to achy legs, they should only be used according to physician’s directives and discontinued with the proper protocol. If you experience anxiety, insomnia, tremors or sore limbs, contact your prescribing physician immediately. Only you know your body and if a medication is causing difficulties. Trust Yourself. Also, check and see if certain OTC antihistamines may cause “excitability.” This is another term for anxiety.

Antibiotics- Many experience anxiety symptoms and even feelings of depersonalization when using certain antibiotics. This is why it is essential to alert your prescribing physician concerning your sensitivities and for them to order accordingly. Ingesting a good yogurt often prevents many symptoms but once again check with your pharmacist or prescribing physician, making sure this does not interfere with the action of the medication before doing so.

Antidepressants- Many antidepressants may result in anxiety reactions and feelings of depersonalization. Sometimes anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax or Klonopin are prescribed to counter these reactions. Withdrawal symptoms may be brutal when discontinuation begins. A very specific protocol must be used when withdrawing from use of these medications.

Anti-Anxiety Benzodiazapines– These medications take the edge off anxiety symptoms and can be effective for temporary use during times of extreme anxiety. This can become a problem when taken on a daily basis or multiple times during the day. When the medication wears off, stronger anxiety may return. After a week or two the body becomes tolerant of these medications, requiring a larger dosage in order to bring forth the same effect. This may cause dependency and addiction both physically and mentally. Withdrawal symptoms may also be very difficult if not approached correctly.

-Pre-Workout Formulas: The properties of pre-workout formulas are often spiked with substances that increase the metabolism. They have similar properties to caffeine, speeding up the system and causing anxious reactions, insomnia and feelings of depersonalization. Hair loss may also occur caused by the use of these formulas. Withdrawal is just as difficult when extreme fatigue and lethargy sets in along with a foggy mind.

-Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): This chemical is found in many food products as a flavor enhancer. It is widely used in many recipes and should be avoided as it often produces anxiety symptoms and reactions. It may elevate brain levels of glutamate which is one of the excitatory hormones resulting in anxiety and stress. Check specific foods for this chemical such as soups, beef jerky, frozen meals, and many canned products as well.

-Sugar Substitutes: These chemicals often trigger symptoms of anxiety and agitation.

Splenda (sucralose) for one, is known to create panic-like agitation in many who use it.

Sorbitol found in most sugar-free foods, is a laxative, which has been known to also cause dizziness.

Aspartame(Nutrasweet) often results in fatigue, headaches and visual disturbances for many who use it.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is a highly refined artificial product, an additive that goes directly to the liver, instructing the body to store fat. It often creates IBS type symptoms.

-Coffee and Tea: Caffeinated beverages trigger anxiety and add to feelings of depersonalization. It’s recommended to mix with decaffeinated versions of the same beverage while slowly withdrawing from the caffeine version, until fully decaffeinated.

-Alcohol: Alcohol is high on the glycemic index, meaning it adds high levels of sugars into the bloodstream. This is why many feel extremely anxious the day following drinking. Blood sugar levels spike and dip in a way that disrupts one’s sense of balance and well being.

Nicotine also contributes to feelings of anxiety. Nicotine is a stimulant and results in creating anxiety and irritability. Many mistakenly believe that smoking is relaxing when the opposite occurs. It’s the breathing in, holding the breath and exhaling that is relaxing. The nicotine creates increase in heart rate and revs up the system.

-Marijuana: Since marijuana is not always regulated it often results in severe symptoms of anxiety and depersonalization. Amounts of THC are not always the same, which can result in uncomfortable sensations which often frighten and upset the user.

Bottom line, it is imperative to become fully knowledgeable concerning substances which may result in anxiety reactions. Becoming the consumer who investigates these products before blindly consuming is essential in maintaining good mental health.

It is always up to you, whether purchasing a product from the grocery store or using prescribed medications. Be the individual who asks questions.
Ask your pharmacist about adverse reactions.
Ask your doctor about potential side effects.
Most of all, know your body and read the facts and information included on foods, over the counter medications and even prescription medications.

You will find life becomes easier when become the intelligent consumer who has the final choice concerning what you ingest and what you wisely choose not to ingest after careful investigation.

For further information, feel free to contact us at 215-635-4700, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM (EST). We welcome your calls and will be glad to answer your questions.

Anxiety Busters, Inc.
Anxiety Busters
Office Phone: 215-635-4700
Office Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM (EST)

Health Anxiety and Solutions

by Dr. R.E. Freedman

It’s always important to take care of oneself using all the principles of good health. Regular check-ups, proper nutrition and healthful living all enable one to keep on top of their health in a careful yet reasonable way. Often one becomes overly concerned with health issues and caught up in a cycle of health worries. One health issue is reconciled when another immediately pops up to take its place. These worries become all encompassing and exhausting after a while.

Eventually, the individual realizes that this cycle of health anxieties has intruded upon the quality of their life. A dark cloud, always hovering over daily living, this intrusive form of anxiety has to be addressed. One begins by determining why this is occurring, what purpose does it serve and how to interrupt this behavior.

Reason for Health Anxiety

Health worries actually serve a purpose and this purpose is not difficult to detect if one looks deep enough into this pattern of behavior. Often this pattern involves the brain distracting from specific emotions which the individual finds difficult to address.

Many emotions are so overwhelming, such as anger, grief or fear, that the brain looks for ways to distract. Health worries fit the bill because when one worries intensely about their health, there is little room to address an upsetting emotion.

Health worries blanket every other thought and this WORKS. This is the perfect distraction from unsettling emotions. When one worry is reconciled, another takes it place to veil the unaddressed emotion. Each health worry has a strong purpose, as it masks the true upsetting emotion, which is much more difficult to face in the long run.


– Recognition and acknowledgment of the Health Anxiety habit, one worry quickly following another in a noticeable loop that never ends. Awareness of this cycle is always the first step to reconciliation of the issue.

– Determining if this health worry is a true physical problem by visiting one’s primary physician and ruling out a definite physical cause for the difficulty. Always rule out a physical cause before assuming it is merely health anxiety.

– Noticing that these health worries settle down when you become intensely interested in another topic or swept into a new relationship, job or cause.

– Identify your patterns. Do you experience twinges of symptoms that often jump from one area of the body to another? Do you find yourself overestimating physical intrusions and instantly jump to the conclusion that they signify danger or warrant the attention of an alert?

– Find interests that involve your entire being. Lose yourself in things that allow you little time for inward thinking. True illness does not surface through boredom as do these behaviors. True health problems do not generally follow the same time table as health anxieties do. Health worries are stronger during times of boredom and when one lacks interests. An intelligent mind requires challenges and goals.

– Activity is an important therapeutic tool against health worries. Exercise and movement invigorate and stimulate the mind and body in a positive way. Endorphins are released and Serotonin levels are boosted naturally when activity is a part of a daily routine. Moderate walking, jogging, tennis, swimming and dancing are all helpful activities that bring forth positive results.

– Nutrition is also essential to good health which in itself helps eliminate the strong habit of negative thinking, often concerning health worries. When eating properly, Serotonin levels are naturally boosted and blood sugar levels remain stable. This helps settle down an over-reactive mind, leading to a lessening in health anxieties.

– Talk back to the brain by firmly telling it to stop when health worries enter the mind. Shift into a more positive mode of thinking because you always have a choice in what you think about.
The mind will respond by quieting down as negative thoughts subside. The brain, caught red handed in this behavior is instantly embarrassed causing it to suspend this cycle of negative thought. This is comparative to a child being caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Embarrassment at being caught, stops this intrusive behavior.

– Be aware of “what if” thinking. If the majority of sentences you think begin with “what if” then this is proof of a strong health anxiety habit. Change “what if” thinking to “so what” and watch the cycle break.

Most of all, understand that worry solves nothing. Health worries, in particular will only serve to exhaust and deplete both mind and body. Consciously make a concerted effort to change the way you think and you will succeed in changing your life. You will go from self victimization to freedom from the intrusive habit of fearful worry.

You always have a choice. Life can be wonderful and fulfilling when you learn to alter your perspective and chose a more positive point of view. You always have a choice. Never define yourself by your habit of worried thinking. Do not be victimized by health anxiety and fear. With a few simple corrections, especially in thinking, you will find your life changes from being difficult and upsetting to becoming easier and much more fulfilling on a daily basis.

For further information, feel free to contact us at 215-635-4700, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM (EST) concerning the Health Anxiety and other anxiety topics.

Anxiety Busters, Inc.
Anxiety Busters
Office Phone: 215-635-4700
Office Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM (EST)

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