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A 23-year-old male asked:

What minerals&nutrients deficiencies cause anxiety/panic disorders?pls don't tell me about psychiatry meds i took them 8 years and saw many psyh docs

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Emma Rishton
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Worth a try: It is good that you are reaching out and still curious. It doesn't sound like the 8 years of psychiatric care helped you trust therapists. Anxiety has been associated with a deficiency of thiamine, Niacin and vitamin d. Read more: http://www.Livestrong.Com/article/309794-what-vitamin-mineral-deficiencies-cause-anxiety/#ixzz2svlipzfp i hope this helps. Good luck.
Dr. Ying Wang
Dr. Ying Wang commented
Specializes in Psychiatry
Agree with above. Additionally, consider checking B12 and Iron levels, as deficiency in both of these have been correlated with anxiety. Also check your thyroid levels if you haven't already.
Dec 29, 2016
Dr. Jane Steiner
Psychiatry 44 years experience
We don't really know: We really don't know if there is a vitamin or mineral deficiency that causes panic attacks. People who develop panic attacks seem to have a biological or genetic predisposition towards developing them, but environmental stress seems to be a trigger for actually bringing them on.
Dr. James Long
Dr. James Long commented
Internal Medicine 10 years experience
Some believe low magnesium can affect anxiety but I generally agree with the doctor.
Oct 15, 2013
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