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My day today was enhanced by a multi-hour anxiety attack which happened to coincide with a bout of pollen-induced spluttering and wheezing.

When I got back to my computer, on a whim I Googled pollen anxiety.

And much to my surprise, this popped up:

Changes in Severity of Allergy and Anxiety Symptoms Are Positively Correlated in Patients with Recurrent Mood Disorders Who Are Exposed to Seasonal Peaks of Aeroallergens

In other words, if you have depression or bipolar as well as anxiety (and I'm guessing I'm not the only one here who falls into this category), then tree-pollen may be associated with spikes in your anxiety levels.

Anyway, I have no idea if this explains today's anxiety attack, but I thought I'd share the info in case it's of interest.

Date: 2011-05-01 08:25 pm (UTC)
gorgeousnerd: The back of Korra from the <i>Avatar: The Legend of Korra</i> preview image. (Korra.)
From: [personal profile] gorgeousnerd
This is definitely of interest. (Bipolar/anxiety/allergies here. What a joy.) Thanks for sharing.

Date: 2011-05-01 08:53 pm (UTC)
erika: Text: Heisenberg was here.  Maybe. (science: heisenburg--maybe)
From: [personal profile] erika
Huh, interesting. But as a person w/o nature allergies (I'm just allergic to some types of perfume), this wouldn't apply to me, apparently, from reading the abstract?

Date: 2011-05-01 09:06 pm (UTC)
dorothean: detail of painting of Gandalf, Frodo, and Gimli at the Gates of Moria, trying to figure out how to open them (Default)
From: [personal profile] dorothean
My therapist says that both seasonal allergies AND allergy medications like Claritin and Allegra are associated with brain changes. We were talking about attention disorders and depression, though. Whee. It's no wonder spring is my least favorite season. Especially late spring. Allergies, the coming of summer heat (and hated summer clothing), and exams. >:(

Date: 2011-05-01 09:44 pm (UTC)
jesse_the_k: Macro photo of left eye of my mostly black border collie mutt (Flashy Bipolar means 2x fun)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Fascinating. I've always associated spring with many weather systems with migraine. Now there's a new weirdness! I love the internet.

Date: 2011-05-02 02:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amadi
Well this explains a lot. Between weather patterns that make all the pain issues worse and devastate my mood that way, I've got the pollen to worry about too. No wonder spring is the suck.

Thank you for sharing this.

Date: 2011-05-02 04:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] smilingslightly
I don't have seasonal allergies, as far as I'm aware, but every Spring, my anxiety levels soar if/when the wind blows from the north. This started out of seemingly nowhere some five years ago. Hmm, perhaps it's something borne on the wind rather than the wind itself, even though I don't sneeze or get itchy eyes, etc.

Date: 2011-05-05 02:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] harpers_child
that kind of helps to explain why i get anxiety/depression spikes in spring. i wonder how my antihistamines affect it.

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