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156: Are GABA or methylation support useful for panic attacks?

Masterjohn Q&A Files Episode 156

Introduction

Question: Are GABA or methylation support useful for panic attacks?

I think anything that increases GABA activity is probably going to slow down anxiety and panic. I think that's clear just from the drugs that are used to treat an anxiety, or panic disorder. Xanax is used for that purpose. So I do think that working on nutritional support around GABA makes sense, but I also would look at histamine, because histamine is an alertness signal, but I think in very excessive amounts histamine is a panic signal.

GABA might help move focus from one thing to another. And methylating dopamine is needed to provide mental flexibility so that you don't get stuck on anxiety producing thought patterns and emotional patterns. And histamine just is a general stimulant of anxiety beyond a certain threshold. So I think those would be the key areas to focus on if that helps. 

This Q&A can also be found as part of a much longer episode, here:

078: Ask Me Anything About Nutrition, August 19, 2020

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