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L-Tryptophan

Tryptophan is an amino acid that is purported to help with conditions typically associated with low serotonin levels or activity in the brain.

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The BEST IMO

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Social Anxiety Background
I had anxiety and depression my whole life. But around the age of 35 I stopped sleeping and had scary obsessive thoughts. I thought I was going insane, had a serious mental illness, had cancer, had a heart attack, had a nutritional deficiency, just plain emotionally fubar, etc. I used Paxil for many years. I listened to Lucinda Bassett's tapes and for the first time thought I might get back to normal. I read every self help book ever written, well not everyone but lots. The breakthru moment was reading A NEW EARTH by Eckhart Tolle. For the first time I could control my thought life. Then I read Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss and it changed my life. I realized that I was mimicking what others wanted me to mimick. My anxiety and depression was really a huge game YANK MY CHAIN. And I needed to disconnect the chain forgive those who were yanking it. The constant thought of "something's wrong", either internally or externally is a saboteur of our mental health. Deactivating my ego (non stop thoughts/judgment) was the biggie. Accepting the current moment, knowing everything is okay, internally and externally, allows me to be confident and within myself at the same time. I'm currently reading a book called KITCHEN TABLE WISDOM by Remen. V good.

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Paxil, many supplements, reading books on emotional health, some therapy as needed and getting out of the house.

Treatment Experience
I've taken a LOT of supplements over the last 10 years. Lots of prescripts also. Nothing has worked like L Tryptophan. Just natural and gentle, no side effects I noticed. I've gotten to the point of acceptance that I don't even need L Tryptophan anymore. I don't count out needing it in the future. I highly recommend trying it.
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L-Tryptophan better than Lexapro

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Suffered for about 15 years.

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In the past: Lexapro Xanax Loads of supplements.

Treatment Experience
Only started to work when I took doses of 2.5 grams or more. Think I have a problem absorbing amino's as I feel notihng on lower doses. Get a good quality brand like Jarrow or Viridian. Take with good quality multivitamin. Completely destroys anxiety/depression.
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Social Anxiety Background
"Shy" my whole life. Not so affected by social anxiety that I can't have a relationship, friends, or a full-time job. But very bothered and depressed by my lack of interest in getting to know coworkers and avoidance. Also horrified of public speaking and sometimes avoidant of speaking up in meetings.

Also problems with feeling very depressed some parts of the day, anger, paranoia and illogical jealousy in my relationship.

Other Treatments
Ativant and Inderal for meetings and public speaking situations. Works fine, but I was looking for something I could take all of the time to help my social anxiety.


Treatment Experience

I wanted to try L-Tryptophan because I was scared by the side effects of SSRIs.

I would take one 500mg pill every 2 hours for my morning and work day. It worked good for the first two weeks. It boosted my mood, took depression away and helped with social anxiety. It made me more comfortable saying what was on my mind if someone approached me. It did not give me courage to approach people and start conversations though.

I would say that it helped most with depression and anger. I didn't have the usual low points of the day I would feel normally. I also hadn't felt interested in hobbies for a few months but while taking this my interest came back and I felt more ambitious to do things I hadn't done in a while.

My menstrual period came at week 3 and L-Tryptophan was no match for the wrath of that. My anxiety, depression, and anger came back during that week and I realized that this wasn't working well enough for me and I started my SSRI.
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Suffered intermittently with depression and social anxiety. Started taking this at 1500 mg daily (3 x 500 mg).

Noticed effects on the first day of feeling calm. About a week later, I'm now going out during the daytime without feeling any anxiety, depression. Can also handle crowds better.
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Day 1
Took one 500mg tablet in the afternoon (as soon as it arrived). Didn't notice much of a difference in anxiety but I am usually less anxious at that time anyway (less stuff to be anxious over). I did get a burst of energy for a few hours but then I was overcome by sleepiness.

At night is when I am usually very depressed and this was the first night in weeks where I felt ok. Not optimistic or anything- just ok. Also, despite the sudden exhaustion, I couldn't fall asleep for hours. I normally have trouble falling asleep anyway (negative thoughts keep me up) but not when I am THAT tired so I thought that was weird.

Day 2
Took one in the morning. Initially was VERY anxious. I had a work meeting, which doesn't normally phase me as they are pretty relaxed, but today I was sick in the stomach from worry. However, an hour or so into taking the capsule, I felt pretty calm. I think I also became more talkative and interested in people.

Took another 500mg capsule in the afternoon. I did heaps today. I finally checked my email (I get very anxious doing that), I saw the doctor about getting a medical certificate for jury duty (not risking it until I know my anxiety is completely under control), I booked some flights, I walked my dog. I just felt calm and even optimistic. Another thing I noticed, unrelated to anxiety/depression, was an increased sense of smell. I had a similar experience when I first started Zoloft and then when I quit it.

The dose is supposed to be 1 cap three times a day, but I'm too worried I won't be able to fall asleep, so I'll just stick with two for today.

Day 3
Nothing significant to report. Felt quite anxious today but still managed to be somewhat productive. Woke up pretty alert but chose to remain in bed because my dreams were very pleasant and I didn't want them to end... Can't say I'm any less angry than usual, considering how I felt when I was trying to find a parking spot at the shopping centre today. I wanted to run over all the inconsiderate people walking in the middle of the road like they owned it or something.

Day 4
I dunno. Still anxious today but not to the usual degree. Still irritable and annoyed at people for no real reason. Still depressed over the fact that I don't really look forward to anything. I really don't know. My appetite has somewhat increased but that might not necessarily be the tryptophan.

Week 2
So far I think I feel calmer and less anxious. However, I'm getting headaches at night and I'm sleepy throughout the day. It'll be difficult to ascertain how much of a difference it's making to my anxiety until I'm in a more anxiety-inducing situation (which I definitely will be next week).

Week 3
Ok, I definitely feel a lot calmer. I'm still getting anxious, but some of my physical symptoms have improved- I'm not feeling that anxiety in my stomach as much. Also, I'm sleeping really well. Not interested in other people still, so I guess that's just my personality.
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does it really work on activity of the brain? and what does it rly mean?
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