Iron Deficiency and Panic Attacks (HD) (CC)

Like. Share. Subscribe. [music] [music] As unlikely as it may seem, the feelings of
dread, abject fear, tightness in the chest and heart palpitations that accompany a typical panic attack could be the result of an iron deficiency. [music] Basically, our bone marrow needs iron to create
the protein molecule hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is what makes red blood cells red and delivers oxygen from the lungs to every cell in the body, including brain cells. It’s no secret that an iron deficiency can
cause cognitive impairment and neurodegeneration, and not just in infants and children; some
of the resulting neurological syndromes are mistaken for psychiatric conditions. Also, according to the National Heart Lung
and Blood Institute, “In some cases, low iron levels can lead to irregular heartbeats
and arrhythmias.” And these can trigger a panic attack, especially if one believes that they might be having a heart attack. The good news is, if one’s panic attacks are
being caused by an iron deficiency, once their iron levels are back in the normal range the
panic attacks and their preceding symptoms should cease. A simple ferritin test can determine whether
or not one’s iron levels are below normal. If one is found to be iron deficient, it’s
easy enough to include more iron-rich foods in one’s diet and/or take an iron supplement. Some people become so iron deficient, before
being diagnosed as such, that they require intravenous iron treatments, because dietary
changes and supplements alone won’t work quickly enough to prevent (possibly irreversible)
damage to the brain and body. Intravenous iron treatments are usually very effective, but if they’re not, chances are, the patient has bigger problems than iron-deficiency-triggered panic attacks. [music] The following numbers come from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): [music] How much iron one needs is determined by age
and gender. [music] Once a girl hits puberty and begins menstruating,
she requires more iron than males of all ages; this only changes once she’s completed menopause. After menopause, men and women have the same
iron requirements. There are other physiological triggers for
panic attacks, including Mitral valve prolapse, hypoglycemia,
hyperthyroidism, withdrawal from certain medications, use of stimulant drugs and even caffeine, but iron deficiency is a common, yet often
overlooked, cause of panic attacks that sufferers would be wise to keep in mind as they seek an end to their suffering. [music] If you have any questions or comments on this video, post them below or email me at [email protected], tweet me on Twitter or post to our Facebook page. Subscribe to Holistic Health & Living to receive email updates each time we upload a new video. [music]

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  1. once your levels of iron are normal then all the physiological and mental problems should go away right? I am anemic and have experienced panic attacks, depression and all that this video says…I am taking supplements but I am wonder if I'll ever feel better after the iron is normal..and how do I know when it is norma? will I always have to take supplements?

  2. My mom has iron deficiency! the normal iron level is 7.5 but my mom has 4.6. Two weeks ago she went to the hospital for iron infusion. Now she doesn't feel as tired as before. But there are other problems. She have frequent panic attacks and fear all the time. She feels like there is a 100 kilo of weight on her head all the time. I don't know what to do. Is it from the iron deficiency or some other reason? It breaks my heart when I am unable to comfort/cure her! Anyone with similar issue and if the sickness is treated??

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