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Old 03-30-2015, 02:49 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Yes I need supplements for my immune system as I seem to take everything thats going around.. been the same since a child. have severe allergies and need them .. Have Selenium.. Milk Thistle. B12. Zinc.Potters Echinacea plus.. Dont always have them all as they can be expensive but always have one or two of these supplements and no matter what any doctor or scientist says about them being bogus or not helping.. I think they dont want to go down that route of alternative help..If they wont help me I have to help myself......in face my daughter bought me a bag of these pills, special teas and seeds for my birthday... and was appreciated,,, she cant pick me clothes and I dont use fancy creams or perfumes.. so it was a good choice and will last me a long time.. I still have things not opened yet..
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Hi, I also notice a pattern of when I am more anxious I tend to eat less and unless careful not as well. This can set up the anxiety even worse. So even if I have zero appetite on a really anxious day I eat at least 4-5 nuts and a glass of milk. I notice anxiety does something odd with our blood sugar.

Another thing is when you wake up anxious it is important not to just sit there or lay there. get up and if it is a pretty day go outside, water some plants, go for a mild walk. Sometimes it seems that exercise can be good for anxiety and I think it can, but if you are experiencing significant anxiety and do too much exercise you end up more anxious so you have to be careful. So I do a 20-30 minute medium paced walk. I think it has to do with starvation. If you are so anxious you are not eating much and then burn 300 calories the body goes into a nosedive.

All this I learned by trial and error. Also my doc gives me old school Valium which is not a problem for me because I rarely take it. But if I notice significant anxiety for 30 min. - 1 hour I take 1/4 to 1/2 a 5 mg. Valium. This then cuts the anxiety and usually by mid day it goes away on its own. I tend to get it more in the morning.

I used to feel bad if I took even that small an amount of Valium but I realize my foolishness can the cause me to not deal with it and then it gets spikes that go thru the day. Better to take a bit and bring it down a notch.

I also do breathing wherever I am at. Breathe in through the nose and out thru the mouth and say in my mind "in with good, out with bad". If you focus when you do this you can really reduce bad feelings, some anxiety and improve mood.

I also get in touch with my inner child and make jokes in my head about words. Like an example rhyme something with anxiety "anxiety schmanxiety". Bad example but you get it. I also visualize cute animals and my own pets when I can't be near them and that makes me smile. Also picturing random cute animals or watching cute animal videos helps.

When I am home, stroking my pets and focusing on the feel of the fur and the goodness of them helps a lot.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Texas
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For me supplements have made things worse so I avoid anything but Omegas and one a days and E.

In the past I would sort of mix up anxiety and depression since often in me one led to the other and so I tried St. Johns Wort one time and it gave me the worst anxiety attack! I have never had any anxiety attacks in my life except for from St. John's Wort and Xanax withdrawl! So I think St. John's Wort it may be a good supplement for someone with classic depression and no anxiety. Likewise vitamin B in large doses, various types have given me anxiety. I had a terrible time when I tried Inositol daily in large doses. It is a declassified Vitamin D. Gave me horrible 24 hour anxiety. As soon as I stopped taking it it went away in 24 hours after that. Magnesium in large doses makes me more anxious.

I have some Kava, found it in the cupboard the other day and am planning on trying it again. Cannot recall at all how it worked last time if at all. I may not have taken enough of it. I am always paranoid and try a half pill of things many times. I see on the bottle it says take 1-4 tablets. So I will try 1 tablet soon.
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Old 04-01-2015, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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I'm not sure 'classic' depression goes without anxiety. Low serotonin produces depression and anxiety but depression does seem to be quite complex.

I can only report on my progress with supplements. I have increased my L-Tryptophan, and 5-HTP dose and kept my L-Tyrosine dose the same. My anxiety and depression/grief has diminished considerably, for what that may be worth.
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Old 04-01-2015, 04:14 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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This is not a supplement but a tool to help manage anxiety and there are people who swear that it helps like nothing else and I am one of them. Last fall I was so stressed I was ready to go jump off a bridge, but this put me back into better than I was before the stress and I've come to the conclusion that I've been suffering anxiety all my life but it's my default setting so I didn't know it. Try this, it's free:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWu3rSEddZI
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Old 04-01-2015, 04:27 PM
 
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Magnesium citrate has helped me.
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Old 04-01-2015, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA
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Rescue Remedy from Bach flowers and Lemon Balm...at Health Food stores.
apparently Valium comes from it or something like that.
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Old 04-01-2015, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Thanks for the input.

I picked up some L-Theanine today, and it works great. I felt the effects within an hour. Really neat stuff. Who knew...
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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I picked up some L-Theanine today, and it works great. I felt the effects within an hour. Really neat stuff. Who knew...
Wow! For me it was slow and not so dramatic process but it did help a lot over time together with L-Tryptophan.
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Old 04-02-2015, 03:30 AM
 
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Thank you.

I just picked up some Omega 3, Magnesium Glycinate, and B12. I'm really excited! I know this isn't a cure, but I am optimistic this will help in my recovery.
Keep in mind that the fish oils are blood thinners, it might even be on the label. Not that thinning the blood is good or bad per se, its just good to know.
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