FATIGUE AND EXHUASTION
Burnout, anxiety, panic attacks, exhaustion, and overload syndrome
For many years, I was plagued by troubling symptoms - palpitations, sleep disturbances due to an elevated pulse and even panic attacks. Sometimes the symptoms hit me with such force that I ended up in hospital. I went to one doctor after the other, but it was a long time until I was diagnosed with overload syndrome (“burnout”), or overload depression. My condition got progressively worse, so that for a short period I even took anti-depressants, but I never really "wanted" to. The side effects bothered me, and I certainly didn't want to have to take these medicines in the long term, so I started looking for a natural alternative.
My internist, Dr. Alexander Deimel, who examined my heart in detail, referred me to Dr. Doris Eller-Berndl. She had my stress hormones tested. The lab diagnostics showed a serotonin deficit and very low cortisone levels. For me, the most important thing was to get rid of the panic attacks. I was in constant fear that I would suffer another one. I was re-commended the products 5-Hy-droxytryptophan 100 with B vitamins and then later the combination product Griffonia 50 Serolution®. I also gave up my leadership position because I knew that nothing would change in my situation if I continued to expose myself to this enormous professional pressure.
Just 2-3 months after starting my micronutrient therapy, my panic attacks were a thing of the past. Considering how many years my anxiety affectet my life, I feel the success of the therapy came very quickly. I always found both 5-hydroxytryptophan 100 as well as Griffonia50 Serolution® very easy on my body, even at initially high doses, and furthermore, taking the amino acid 5-HTP for my states of panic was also completely comprehensible and logical, which was a very important point for me. To this day, Dr. Eller-Berndl regularly checks my stress hormones, and if the values are excessive I take Griffonia50 Serolution® - I feel great about it.
by Dr. Doris Eller-Berndl
The Medical Assessment
5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is a key substance in the body’s serotonin production. By increasing 5-HTP intake, it is possible to improve serotonin deficits. 80% of serotonin synthesis takes place in the intestine. The production of the substance in the brain cannot, unfortunately, be measured directly, but only peripherally. Nevertheless, an improvement in peripheral scores often correlates with an improvement in mental well-being. If you are already taking antidepressants, however, you should not supplement with 5-HTP as this could lead to serotonin syndrome. The decision whether antidepressants are necessary or whether they are to be replaced by 5-HTP is for doctors to decide. Further control analyses can then determine whether the dose is appropriate, given the current seasonal length and intensity of daylight, and whether the patient’s problems can be favourably influenced together with other measures.
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