Psychiatrist Articles, Research & News
Along with fellow experts, Dr. Alex Anastasiou helped to explain what effects anxiety can have on your brain in a recent Bustle article. Anxiety is more common that most people think, affecting about 20% of Americans. Even though it is a very common mental illness, there are still many things that we don’t know about anxiety’s impact on the brain. Dr. Alex had the chance to speak on what he knows about anxiety and the way it can affect the brain when triggered.
“Anxiety is the brain’s way of alerting us of danger,” Dr. Alex Anastasiou, a psychiatrist specializing in anxiety treatment, tells Bustle. You can read more from the article by clicking here!
Many people might assume that anxiety only affects a person’s mental health. That is a false statement. Doctors and health experts weighed in on the 13 different health issues that anxiety can cause. These physical symptoms might be present in your everyday life and shouldn’t be ignored. In the article, Dr. Alex commented on the presence of insomnia and how anxiety can attribute to sleepless nights.
“Anxiety causes insomnia by activating the sympathetic nervous system as seen during the fight-or-flight response. This alters our heart rate, breathing and brain waves, affecting the quality and duration of sleep,” as board certified psychiatrist Dr. Alex Anastasiou tells Romper. You can view the full article here!
Experts, including Dr. Alex Anastasiou, had the chance to give their input on a Bustle article outlining 6 quick-fixes for anxiety you should be avoiding. Anxiety can be difficult to manage, as certain treatments and remedies don’t work for everyone in the same ways. Some coping mechanisms might work in moderation but can actually become detrimental to your health if it becomes a consistent habit.
Dr. Alex commented on the use of drinking caffeine to help with anxiety, stating, “Although it may initially make us feel focused and on top of things it can ultimately worsen anxiety as it is a stimulant,”. Read the full article on the quick-fixes Dr. Alex and other experts say to avoid here.
Dr. Alex Anastasiou, with over 10 years of experience in the field of psychiatry, was recently interviewed by Cosmopolitan discussing whether “fancy” vitamins are worth their high price tag and if they really do improve your focus. The introductions of these new supplements, which are classified as nootropics are aimed at elevating your focus, lifting brain fog and giving you a boost of motivation. While the hype sounds great, Dr. Alex and other doctors weighed in on their thoughts and the science on this trend that is on the uprise.
“Caffeine works on the brain by blocking the action of adenosine, a chemical that promotes sleep,” says Alex Anastasiou, MD, a psychiatrist in Pleasanton, California. “When you take caffeine, you reduce drowsiness and fatigue, which makes you feel more alert. This can lead to an increased sense of focus.” Read more over at The Cosmopolitan by clicking here!