Coping with stressors (like having a medical procedure performed or taking an important test) can be difficult. People often feel anxious for several days ahead of time, and some even have trouble sleeping. Everyone feels the pressure of stressors like these, but some people have so much trouble coping that they are unable to continue to function normally.
Anxiety is a symptom. People who feel anxiety experience muscle tension, restlessness, panic, or a sense of impending doom. They often also have anxious thoughts, such as fears of dying of a heart attack, fears of embarrassment or humiliation, or fears of something terrible happening. In addition, they often have uncomfortable physical sensations, including heart palpitations, sweating, dizziness, or shortness of breath. Some people with anxiety disorders perform certain rituals (checking door locks or handwashing) or avoid certain situations (bridges, freeways, airplanes, or social situations) in order to cope with anxiety.
According to Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHOM, (NA) a homeopath who melds homeopathy with Weston A. Price principles: “…the first place to look for the source of the disorder is with inadequate nutrition and/or the use of conventional drugs. If there are not enough calming saturated fats in the diet, for example, or if statin drugs are being taken, I’ve noted time and again that this can put the mind into a state of either chronic background anxiety (as relentless as Muzak in an elevator) or throw the sufferer into all-embracing panic attacks. Coconut oil, cod liver oil and butter added to the diet have helped many clients as has the decision to do away with superfluous drugs.”
Could it be possible that a faulty diet, a low-fat/no-fat diet could be at the root of the inability to handle stress? Adding good, clean saturated fat to one’s food plan is such a simple thing to try if one suffers from anxiety or panic attacks brought on by stress.
Dr. William Boericke’s book Homeopathic Materia Medica lists various remedies appropriate for anxiety and panic.