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Electrolyte imbalances due to chronic anxiety?

Hello, I've decided to come out and ask a few questions since I have been suffering from severe cardiac neurosis for the better part of a year now, and I've considered all sorts of possibilities to get myself spooked along that time.

I've had all sorts of tests done except those relating to the endocrine system and electrophysiolgy side of things. So my questions is:

When it comes to conditions such as Addison's disease, adrenal fatigue, etc... is it possible for the chronically anxious person to be under such mental stress for such a long period of time, with panic attacks occurring occasionally, that your body will be so thrown off, like say, a bulimic/anorexic person, in terms of electrolytes balancing and adrenal hormone production, that exercising/going back to a regularly strength training routine would pose a risk of dangerous arrhythmias due to poor electrolyte/microminerals metabolism? For example, too much cortisol/too little aldosterone affecting sodium and potassium levels?

In the case of such a possibility, can this be prevented with supplementation?

Thank you.
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Some people do find problems with exercise, as the feeling sometimes is similar to that experienced during anxiety -- it isn't due to the chemical reaction so much as the psychological trigger.  Electrolyte balance would be determined by your diet, not anxiety, although obviously heavy exercise does affect electrolyte balance.  The adrenals, on the other hand, are very much involved in stress and anxiety, and are usually dealt with in supplementation by herbal adaptogens that balance the adrenals and control cortisol.  Some examples are holy basil, eleuthero, and ashwagandha.
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I should add this doesn't mean one should avoid exercise, as it's great at relieving stress.  It does mean for some people it takes some getting used to if you haven't been exercising regularly.
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Thank you for the reply. I'll take more care with diet and supplementation, and ease myself into a relaxing exercise routine again.

I should also trim the fat with toxic thoughts....

I find that Panic Attacks and GAD can rewire your brain to just accept and "normalize" certain thought behaviors and let them take control of your life. If you can find the "eye of the storm" so to speak, you could learn how to regain your mental stability and dissipate a lot of those rushing thoughts and questions that shouldn't even be there to begin with.
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