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.
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.
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.